Well, I've made it to the skinning point and all has gone really well so far. I've just stretched the skin from stern to bow and it seems to have a lot of longitudinal tension. The skin "bounces" when I tap it, and it is not fastened on the gunwales yet.
I do have a fold of pucker, just where the keelson bends into the cutwater on the bow. It starts at the keelson and builds to about 5/8 inch tall by the time it reaches the gunwale. I have the same on the other side of the bow. There is a smaller version of the same thing at the stern. The skin seems to fit really quite nicely across the deck (in a totally loose manner), so I don't really want to move the pucker into the deck (do I?). The kayak is 21 inches in width and 17 feet long.
Do I need to redo the longitudinal tension? Do I need more tension? Will this pucker just disappear later? I don't want to go ahead and staple the gunwales until I get a handle on what to do here.
Any advice would be welcome!
- John Cordukes