Building Meerkat, a very small catboat, installment 6

by John MacBeath Watkins

Well, I had to take some time away from building the boat (and from giving you the benefit of my Deep Thoughts) to make a living, but I'm back at it. I've installed the keelson and made the slot for the centerboard case, dry-fitted the decks and the access plates for the floatation compartments, and designed the centerboard case.

Here's what the boat looks like now:

And here's the design for the centerboard case and centerboard:

Pardon the crude drawing, my drafting skills are comical. I've posted this on the WoodenBoat forum to be critiqued before I start butchering wood. I've built a couple daggerboard cases, but this would be my first pivoting centerboard. I'm thinking it will work better than a daggerboard for sailing onto a beach.

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