Anyhow, installing the (let's call them Outer Stringers) was rather uneventful. I bought several clear douglas fir boards from Lowes for a fraction of the price that the lumber yards wanted. They were nice clear boards, straight grained without a single knot or split. I proceeded to rip them into 3/4" (20mm) square strips (for the gunwale stringers) and 20mm x 15mm strips for the remaining stringers. I then scarfed them and epoxied them together with epoxy/silica mix to form 20 foot long stringers.
I had three concerns about the stringers, after reading other builders' blogs.
- Occasionally a stringer will split or break when attempting to bend it near the bow.
- Often it is very difficult to twist the stringer near the bow to fit up with the stem.
- The gunwale stringer, which is 40mm x 20mm, can be particularly difficult to bend, and may even require steaming.
I just jumped right in and torqued and twisted the stringers into place at the stem, fully expecting them to break, but they didn't.
For the gunwale stringers, I took the advice of other builders and made the stringer from two seperate 20mm x 20mm stringers. Again, they went right in without a hitch.
So I guess tomorrow I'll start planking.