Stripping the hull
Things get interesting (stern view). Here we have fit the bead-bead tapered full-length strip into the gap. In order to make the bend at the rear waist of the boat, I opt for a full-length strip and a companion that begins with a bead-bead termination just below the last bead-bead tapered strip that completed the stern. These meet (full length) at the bow. The upshot of this stripping pattern is that I now have more, but far simpler gap filling.
Things get interesting (bow view). As mentioned above, the two new strips really fill out the remaining gap at the bow. I'll fill out the remaining gap with two cheater strips that will taper to staggered terminations a little farther to the left than can be seen in this photo... that will complete the bow stripping. Note the use of a wedge to help clamp the two full-length strips. This is a scrap strip that has a tapered bead-bead end to fit between the two adjacent coves. These wedges are pretty handy and can be whittled from the nearest bit of scrap stock. At times you may need a staple or two to hold them in place.
Top view. This gap filling will require a number of strips with long-taper bead-bead and cove-bead terminations (remember, depending on where the strip goes into the gap you may be cutting a new bead onto a taper on either the cove or bead side of the strip). The two long strips to either side of the four that make up the keel are temporarily clamped and stapled in place. They will be glued to their neighbors as the new strips are added. So, instead of having two "footballs" (oblong gaps) to fit, I now have six. This will be a little more cutting and shaving, but the result should be well worth the effort with less clamping, strip bending, etc. If you follow the logic of this progression, the last strip in each gap will have to be a "snapped-in" bead-bead, or otherwise (plane-fitted edges) to complete the stripping (more on this later).
Side view (same construction step as the above photos). Again, the two long strips that seem so wavey in this photo are just tacked and clamped in place. They will be fitted to their neighbors as the remaining gap filling progresses. Time to put the project to bed and hang it up for tonight. I need to get some sleep!
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