Then the hull was reassembled using the official method of stitching the bottom boards together along the keel, placing them in the moulds and carefully folding them apart so they could be screwed onto the moulds.
Then I put the sides in place and started stitching them to the bottom. All went well, until I began to tighten them up. Suddenly, both bottom boards split within seconds of each other. Disaster.
Luckily, the splits are not nearly as long as they were last time, and they are symmetrical on either side of the boat so repairing them may not result in a banana-shaped hull.
So I screwed a patch on the outside, with a plastic sheet inside to stop it sticking to the plank. The inside was lavishly epoxied and a permanent patch screwed in place.
Tomorrow, I will take the outside patches off. If the repairs fail I think I may torch the bloody thing.