The plans for this boat are free on the internet at:

South Haven Dory

The seat has to be fitted to the sides and bottom of the hull. We used some scrap of plywood to make templates.

To get the angle we made a rough mark using the protractor .

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After the first rough cut we marked the template again.

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Once the rough cuts were made we made finer cuts by marking the template. Using a pencil slid parallel to the bottom and sides to mark the cut lines.

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After that cut, we shined a light behind the template to see how good the fit was. The gap you can see is less than the thickness of a playing card.

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Each section of template was fitted the same way. After checking the fit with the sections in place the templates were glued and clamped together .

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Here is the rough fit for the seat.

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Dry fit. The panels for the seat base are made of 3/8" with 1/4" luan laminated on the visible parts. We made the laminations not only for strength, but the 3/8"s plywood was really ugly.

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We sanded the bottom and sides, then wetted up them up, as well as the areas on the pieces that will be joined together and the edges. The wetting up is done with unthickened epoxy hoping that there will be more penetration into the wood.

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Buttering the panels. The epoxy is thickened with wood flour and fumed silica. The layer is thick enough to fill voids in the joints, and to squeeze out the sides.

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You can see the fillet of epoxy this is on the inside of the seat box. Just to the left you can see the underside of seat itself and the bevel where it meets the sides.

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Clamped up.

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Another view of a fillet. According to the plans, the fillet will be enough to support the seat frame, and reinforce the hull.

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Here is the seat frame all glued up, and the seat notched out and in place. The seat frame also acts as ribs. These ribs really stiffened up the boat

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We will post more as things move along.

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