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When people build sectional tenders (to make then easy to stow on deck) I think they usually construct them in one piece to start with. They install a pair of bulkheads where the join is going to be, with a tiny gap in between. Then they run a saw cut through to separate the halves. Maybe something like that would work for you? If the bulkheads are fixed with epoxy fillets they should hold well.
Good idea. You could always screw temporary full bulkheads to the frames for while it's in transit, that way you could get away with very narrow frames...
All the best
Divide the canoe with a bulkhead to each side. You will have to create this bulkhead. Maybe in the middle of the bank? works well, ends up reinforcing the boat.
I will have to put some thought into the bulkheads. In my haste, I did not take enough care and preparation to make straight cuts, and the cut line varies by as much as 8mm from rail to center joint. As a result I may need to trim some material to get an exact fit suitable for bulkheads. However, the slightly irregular cut may be stronger if I don’t join the hull pieces with a bulkhead, and stick to the original method of joining the plywood end-to-end with overlapping. I’ll try to add a couple pictures of the aftermath.
On the left you can see the partially completed plywood ama. I had to design it around my available materials. It, too, required a cut.
I am at a loss for the best technique to both align and compress the Ama halves while holding everything together. Any ideas?
As all the glue and added wood will be internal, I’m not quite sure how to go about it.