I've sanded and glassed to hull, and attached the keel and skeg. I'm doing a full length keel strip with a brass half-oval for protection.
Next step is to flip the hull and build the decks.
I finished stripping the hull today, still have to laminate the outer stem and fill the cracks along the centerline. I will just use thickened epoxy for the centerline, instead of a fill strip that I would usually do as the keel will cover the carnage from the outside, and the boat is fully decked so it will not be visible from the top.
'I've set up the forms for my latest project; a "coastal rowing boat". It will be 18 feet, by 32 inch beam, and self bailing. I designed it on freeship starting with the lines from "Fine" but with a bit more width aft and an open transom. the interior will be decked at the bottom of the sliding seat, which is above the waterline so it will be unsinkable and be easier to self-rescue after a capsize.
The boat will be built in two parts, hull and deck, and assembled with a shear clamp when everything is glassed in and out. I intend to have hatches to access the interior of the boat for storage and maintenance. I am still trying to decide between a keel and skeg, or just a paddleboard style fin.
Rick Crook of Oyster Bay Boats Pender Harbour BC