The coaming is simply four straight pieces that go around and finish the edge of the cockpit. Get the coaming out of the waste lumber left from planking. It will take two pieces 5 ft. and two pieces 4 ft. long. Have it about 5 or 6 in. wide, so that it will extend at least 4 in. above the deck. Fasten the coaming to the deck beams with 4 5/8 in. clout nails or 1 in. screws could be used. A piece of 1/2 in. quarter-round may be bent around coaming, next to the desk to give a finish, as shown in Fig. 8.
This is a piece of £ in. half-round which is bent around the outside edge of boat flush with the top of the deck. This piece covers the edge of the canvas. The parts that are bent around the end will have to be steamed or soaked in hot water. The fender-wale is fastened in place with 8-penny casing nails. Before putting on fender-wale, see instructions for putting on chain-plates, as these are best put on under the fender wale.
Cut out the skeg from the pattern and fasten it in place on the outside of the planking, forward of the stern-post, B, putting three or four 4 in. wire spikes through the stern-post into the skeg, ahd three or four through the skeg and planking into the butt block.
Make the rudder of iron 1-8 in. thick and rivet it to a 1 in. round iron rudder-post. The rudder-post extends up through the deck its upper end about 3 in. above the deck. This end is forged square to receive the tiller. The lower end of the rudder-post ends flush with the bottom of the skeg, where it is held in place by a band of 1-8 in. iron 1 in. wide. This band is about 12 in. long, and is bent around the end of the skeg, with its bottom edge flush with the bottom of the skeg and is fastened to the sides of the skeg with bolts or rivets. Where it bends around the end of the skeg it forms a loop large enough to take the end of the rudder-post. The corner of the rudder-plate is cut away to allow the rudder to be shipped. The top of the rudder-post is fitted with an iron tiller about three feet long, as shown in the illustration of the completed boat. To ship the rudder, a hole is bored in the deck and bottom, just aft of the stern-post. Although the water will come into the space in the backbone aft of the stern-post, this will do no harm whatever, as it cannot get into the boat.