The new build is now covered with 12 mm plywood from stem to stern and from gunwhale to the radius chine. I have been very pleased with the progress and on Tuesday last I fitted four sheets in a long working day that finished in moonlight.

Moonlighting on my Didi 40  cr

Moonlighting on my Didi 40 cr

Today the fairing of half of the bottom was completed ready for the first ply sheets. Dudley says not to fair the keel to far ahead of fitting the plywood if you are working outside so I am sticking to his recommendations. A really sharp had saw is ideal for establishing the level across the keel and stringers

The keel and full with keel frame blocking have been faired ready for the bottom sheets.

The keel and full width keel frame blocking have been faired ready for the bottom sheets.

I am also doing the two sides together. Once the first side is cut and trimmed to the radius chine line I use it as a template for the second side and so far that has worked well.
Some of the off cuts from the side panels will be large enough for the smaller bottom panels so there will be fewer full sheets to carry back and forth from the hull to the workshop.

Off cuts from the side panels will be ideal for the narrower bottom panels

Off cuts from the side panels will be ideal for the narrower bottom panels

As a bonus item Dudley has a new post on his blog with a really good photo of the prototype Black Cat.

Photo of the interior of Black Cat the prototype of the Didi 40 Cr that I am building

Photo of the interior of Black Cat the prototype of the Didi 40 Cr that I am building

You can read the article here

http://dudleydix.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/what-saints-did-next.html

The original article with more photos can be read here

http://whatthesaintsdidnext.com/2015/01/30/black-cat-champion-race-yacht/comment-page-1/#comment-81

You will need to scroll up from the comments to the top of the article to see the photos.

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