Trimming the First Layer of Bottom Planks

The bedding compound between the bottom planking and the dinghy has fully cured, allowing me to get in there with a small circular saw and trim up the overhangs. 

The planks are trimmed to fit flush against the keel into the rabbet, but they are allowed to overhang the chine without regard for reason. After the bedding compound is cured, the planks can all be cut off a little proud but still close to the actual chine.

This makes it so much easier to work, as I don't have to worry about being perfect while I'm planking. Once everything is cured and set, I can treat all the planks as one giant piece of wood and work it all together. This allows me to cut, plane, and sand the entire portion of the hull into a fair and smooth surface. Best of all, I don't have to worry about coming up short on either side since I'm working with a longer than needed plank.

Now that the chine is roughly  trimmed, the knife edge bow is much more pronounced. The entire purpose of this setup is to reduce the amount of wave slap that we experience while rowing Tooth II. Since I have trouble with "middle ground", I made the bow of this boat a knife that will slice through waves instead of the standard flat bottom that is common on a tiny dinghy of this size.

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