For the sake of brevity I'm going to break up this update into two parts. I'm also going to try to be a bit more concise. There is of course a more in depth explanation of all these phases on our YouTube channel. So......
Before we could get in to setting frames at full steam, I really needed to set a string line down the center of the boat. This string would allow us to hang a plumb bob off of to help ensure the keel was straight and when the time came, the frames were centered. However in order to set the string, the bow stem had to be in place.
Setting the bow stem was another job I had been dreading. Like many of the other times I felt the same way, this apprehension was un-warranted.
I estimated the bow stem weighed a couple hundred pounds. Unfortunately it's placement location put it out of reach of the gantry crane. The solution was to hang an eye bolt from the ridge beam and attach the chain fall to that. I built a temporary support table and attached it to the keel to help support the bow stem as the epoxy set.
With the help of my father we used the chain fall to hoist the stem into the air and maneuver it into position. We carefully centered it on the stem knee and then used our 6' level to ensure she was plumb. Things could not have gone better. We used Totalboat high performance epoxy and clamped the assembly in place. Once that was cured we went back and installed 3, 5/8" galvanized bolts just like the transom knee.