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Add Additional Brace

Add Additional Brace

One last thing before putting the deck back on is adding an adiitional brace in the bow. I wasn't happy with the softness of the front bow section.  One other thing you may have noticed is the older hulls have a tendency to get a little bow flex when sailing with the kite in 15 knots or more.  This changes the luff curve of the kite and can't be good for downwind drive.  So I decided that I would add additional bracing in the bow that should stiffen the bow and reduce any bow flex that occurs from the front bridle forward. At least this way the only place the bow will be flexing is aft of the bridle. I used some 8mm foam sheet with a layer of 200 glass cloth for both sides.  I glassed the bottom side before glueing in and layed the glass on the top with a 50mm overlay. Below are pictures of the brace before glassing. Don't forget to drill a hole in the lowest point of the brace after this has cured to allow for any water to drain should water get into this part of the boat when the boat is capsized.

PA170132 port_brace_ready_for_glueingPA170134 stbd_brace_ready_for_glueing