After a brief hiatus to deal with other work I was able to get back to jewell and begin finishing the hull.
The first job was to make and fit the false stem . In the plans Francois advises to laminate this over the ply stem before it is fitted to the building frame, but at the time this didn't fit with my work schedule so I drew around the stem to get it's shape and then used this drawing to make a small jig. Then I could laminate the stem when I had time.
The false stem was laminated in two parts, the inner 5 layers are laminated then I drilled a hole for a shackle to use for launching, this hole will have a 12mm pipe inserted later for the shackle, then I let in a strip of brass into the outer layer to reinforce the hole, the two outer holes in the front are for a couple of screws that will help to secure this strip, then before I laminated the outer laminates I added a couple of layers of unidirectional carbon fibre to the stem at that point to further strenghten the area, this is the black line visible outside the hole.
With the stem fitted the next job is painting and fairing the hull, the paint being used here is a two part high build paint which I apply with a roller, the garboard sole and stem wre heavily glassed and will need a lot of fairing and filling . The plan is to get the hull fair and smooth with the high build, then undercoat, and then turn the hull over for fitting out, the final coats will be applied then.