The Tango Skiff is a vee bottom skiff which means we need to install a floorboard. While the vee flattens almost completely at the transom, there is still enough vee in the cockpit area that getting around would be uncomfortable, if not treacherous, without one.
Full Width vs Partial Floorboard
The plans call for a partial floorboard which extends to roughly the middle of each bottom panel. It is not full width because, as the plans state, its primary purpose is to stiffen the bottom panels.
From a passenger perspective, a
However, we mitigate the use of a partial floorboard by
I began by positioning the floorboard in the bottom and leveling it side to side and front to back. With this done, I traced the floorboard onto the bottom to make it easy to put back in place.
I removed the floorboard to apply thickened epoxy around the edge and then placed it back. I did that wrong. With the shape already traced on the bottom, I should have applied epoxy to the bottom and laid the floorboard into it. I was rushing.
I positioned the floorboard within the outline and then laid barbell weights on it to secure it in place and ensure solid contact with the bottom panels. Next, I added thickened epoxy to the edge where the floorboard and bottom meet with the goal of creating a smooth transition between the two. The
Once completely faired, I will fiberglass the entire cockpit floor – from front bulkhead to rear bulkhead with 50″