> I'm just starting a Michalak Toto and have a question
> regarding fiberglass butt joints.
To Bill and anyone else starting a Toto:
This is a little thing, and not really Bolger, but maybe worth
mentioning. When I cut all the panels as indicated for my Toto this
spring, the bilge panel overlapped the side panel in a weird way. I e-
mailed Jim Michalak about it and he said, yes, there's a small
problem with the blueprints. (Maybe he's corrected it on sets sent
out since then?)
For what it's worth, here's my note to him. Basically, you
should recalculate the dimensions of the bilge panel at each frame
location (to match the dimension of the frame there), and draw the
panel slightly differently than indicated.
Here's my note to Jim:
I recently bought the Toto plans from you and am in the midst of
building it. I cut all the frames and bulkheads and panels to your
measurements on the blueprint, and then went to fit them all
together. Everything looked great as the sides went onto the frames
and the gunwales got fit on.
Then when it came time to install the bilge panels, I noticed that
the aft edge of the bilge panel was too wide for the portion of the
transom that was to receive it. I thought, did I really cut it that
bad? It overlaps the side by about ¼". Then I checked your
and noticed that if you work out the length of that angled section of
the transom, using the right triangle indicated by some of the given
dimensions of the transom, that section which is to receive the end
of the bilge panel comes out to exactly 4.717". But the bilge
is explicitly 5" wide there. Hence my overlap.
Then I checked the match-up of the angled section of the other frames
and bulkheads vs. the dimension of the bilge panel at their locations
and bulkhead 10 is also a bit undersized to receive the
bilge panel (7.846" on the bulkhead vs. 8.125" on the panel)
other bulkhead/frames (at 7, 4, and 2) are all a bit bigger than the
bilge panel which is much easier to deal with.
I'll just recut the bilge panel to try to make it fit the space
available for it.
Just a note based on my experience: recutting the panel to fit the
frames after the fact makes for curves that aren't quite fair. Best
to fix it early on.
For what it's worth,