Fitting the chine at the stem is accomplished as shown. Be sure to leave the chine long. Allow it to extend beyond the transom as subsequent fitting may require it to be moved forward.

The stem should be braced to prevent movement when installing the chine. Chine (and sheer) lumber should be carefully selected for straight grain. Often the screw in the forward frame is left out when springing the chine into position. This eliminates the tendency of the chine to break at this point. The screw will be driven in when the planking is applied. The chine and all subsequent longitudinal members will be both fastened and glued in position. NEXT