Clamping the Clamp

Sheerclamp

The last thing to be done before the planking starts is to fit the sheerclamps (inner gunnels). Usually they are attached after the hull is turned over, however, with dories they are notched into the frames and fastened to the stem and transom. Holding them in place while the epoxy sets is a bit of a challenge especially at the ends where they have a tendency to twist. At the bow we used temporary screws with a “V” clamping block and at the transom we clamped a piece of wood to the outside of the sheerclamp which was then screwed into the side of the transom.

Sheerclamp notched into frame (left) and clamping "V" block at stem

Sheerclamp notched into frame (left) and clamping “V” block at stem

Sheerclamp held in place at transom

Sheerclamp held in place at transom

 

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