Hull Bottom

  

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Using a draw saw, saw off the stems that are left on both ends of the pirogue. Make sure to cut flat along the line of the hull bottom.

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Remove the top 2 clamps (bottom of hull) from the mold.

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Using an electric hand planer, plane the hull bottom edges until they are level and smooth. The idea is to get the bottom edges flat and smooth to accept the plywood bottom without any gaps.

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Lay the remainder of your plywood that you used to make the hull sides on the pirogue. Tack the ends to the stems using roofing or finish nails. With a pencil against the hull sides, trace a line on the underside of the ply all the way around the pirogue.

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Remove the tack nails and turn the ply over. With a jig saw carefully cut the bottom out, make the cut about 1/4" outside the line you made in the previous step

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Using a pencil transfer tool, mark a nail line on both sides of the bottom. The line should be over the center of the chine. Remove the bottom, apply a liberal amount of resin glue to the bottom edges of the chine and hull sides. Replace the bottom using the tack nails as alignment. Nail the bottom on using 1" annular nails through the nail line about every 2".

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Using an electric hand planer, carefully remove the excess bottom ply overhang. It may be easier to get close with the planer and finish with a sander. Do not round over the edges! Sharp edges will improve the handling of the pirogue in the water.