Funny you should mention "short;"
as a few who are paying attention may have noticed, I have been
referring to my Larsboat
as "sort-of" a Larsboat.
As is plainly stated in the description, the Larsboat is a
Toto that has a 30 inch section added in the middle.
And the drawings clearly show that 30 inch spacing in the center
"station," while all the other stations have 24 inch
Having already build 3 boats, I don't need to worry too much
about following the plans and double checking dimensions.
Until one is wrapping the side panels around the forms and
bulkheads and one realizes that forms 7 and 9.5 are not 2 1/2
feet apart, as they obviously should be; they are only two feet
I spaced all the stations @ 24 inches, including the center
one that was supposed to be 30 inches.
So my boat is not a Larsboat; It is a decked Toto with a 24
But since I wrapped my batten around all the points and faired
all the lines fairly well, the boat is going together rather
well; I have the decking to do and then the sanding and painting
and it's done. It actually looks pretty good.
And I noticed loosening the screws that held some of the forms
in place allowing the panels to take a fairer curve.
Here's a story to make this post even longer: after the USS
Cole was damaged in the suicide bomb attack, the U.S. Navy decided
to bring it home onboard a submersible heavy-lift ship. In order
to save time, supports and cradles for the Cole were fabricated
ahead of time, using the "as-built" plans for the
Cole. Since the Cole's propellers stick-down below the bottom
of the hull, clearance holes where cut in the deck of the submersible
ship (over ballast tanks.)
When the lift ship arrived and was submerged, and the Cole
floated over it, it was found that the props hit the deck; the
clearance holes were not correctly positioned.
It was discovered that the Cole was about 5 inchs shorter than
the drawings showed.
Here's another story; I work with a gentleman who was the construction
foreman at a shipyard that built tugs of from 50 to 70 feet
in length. One day, just prior to launching a new-build, someone
decided to stretch a tape measure from bow to stern, and it
was discovered that tug was about 6 inches shorter than it was
supposed to be.
The foreman has told me that he was able to figure out what
happened; the placement of a curved transom was wrong. But it
was not obvious from appearance (the foreman said no one else
could figure out where the missing 6 inches went), and it certainly
did not affect the performance of the tug.
So to all of you out there who dread building a boat for fear
of "making a mistake"- take heart; every boatbuilder
out there, from the backyard butcher battering away at a Bolger
Brick, to billion-dollar U.S. defense contractors, makes mistakes.
And only rarely does it totally ruin the boat.
Max the Axe