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WHAT IS STITCH & GLUE?

In conventional framed plywood construction, the side and bottom panels are glued and fastened to a longitudinal framing member (the "chine"), located at the seam where the side and bottom panels meet. In Stitch and Glue construction, the chine and the fasteners are replaced by a continuous bead or fillet of epoxy thickened with wood flour which is used to glue the panels together. The inside and outside seams are also reinforced with several layers of fiberglass tape. To hold the panels together during construction, small holes are drilled along the edges, and wire ties are inserted and twisted together ("stitched"). The wire ties are later removed or ground flush. Structural components such as bulkheads are attached to the hull in a similar manner.



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