Over the last two weeks I have fitted and glued down all of the frames of Idle Hands and now I understand why they call this point in the build the “instant boat” phase. All in all, it took me about 20 man hours to get the frames fitted and glued down to the bottom board. Most of that time revolved around the construction of frame 6a. This frame is the forward face of the motor well and also where the outboard mounts so it has to be made correctly. In fact this is the only part of the boat that comes with a warning from the designer Mr. John Welsford – “Make this frame with care as the vibration of the motor may destroy any poorly glued joints.” This warning from the build manual was ringing in my head every time I looked at this frame. Not only is it a critical piece it is also complicated.
This is the aft side of the frame. The motor mount has a doubler made of 9mm ply. I covered everything with a layer of 6 oz fiberglass and doubled the glass on the motor mount doubler.
As I sit here tonight frame 6a is cooking in the clamps and by tomorrow it will be set. The next step for me involves filleting and a truly gawd awful amount of sanding, but for now I think I am just going to go out to the shop and stare for a while.