The plans for this boat are free on the internet at:
South Haven Dory
It needs Oars
Here is what we have done so far:
We had the lumberyard split the panels. They have a saw designed to do that, and it resulted in nice straight edges. The 2x8 ft panels are scarfed together using a butt joint reinforce with a 4in. strip of 5oz. fiberglass on each side.
In preparation we covered a couple of pieces of MDF (?) with stretch wrap plastic.
Then measured, marked and cut the 4" strips of fiberglass
Here one of the strips is set out prior to wetting. . We pour epoxy on this strip and squeegee it in until the entire strip is wetted with epoxy.
We precoated the panels with epoxy about 3" back from the edges, and buttered the ends of the plywood with epoxy thickened with wood flour. The bottom wetted fiberglass strip was laid down on the plastic wrapped MDF (?). The panels are laid on the fiberglass and butted together. The next wetted strip is laid on the top, and squeegeed onto the panels
The second section of plastic wrapped MDF (?) is then laid on top of the seam and weighted down. Here is a photo of the panels setting up.
A Broken Vise and a bunch of miscellaneous steel seemed to provide enough clamping force.
The joint looks tight. and the fiberglass has bonded to the wood without bubbles.
NEXT, TYING IT UP
ENCAPSULATING THE BOTTOM
THE THOLE PINS