Foredeck plug

1000mm x 160mm x 18mm MDF, contact adhesive, jig saw, electric plane, smoothing plane, sand paper and a couple of hours later the fore deck plug is ready to be varnished prior to use.  First I cut the MDF in half and cut and sanded one piece to the shape of the hull shape.  The other piece was cut slightly larger as I used contact adhesive to glue the two halves together, with contact adhesive you only get one chance hence making one larger allowed for slight misalignment. 

Two halves glued

Once the halves were joined together I marked the depth which worked out 36mm at the mast and 18mm at the bow, hence the sandwich construction

Tapering depth

The work then progressed outside due to the dust as a fair bit of planing was about to take place

Clamped up 

Let the plane take the strain

The rest of the shaping was done by eye and hand

I'm still of the mind that a high flat foredeck is beneficial compared to lower decks with prominent spines, ridges running up the centre.  Keeping the jib boom close to deck helps prevent the wind from cheating underneath the sail and the flatness also reduces rotar and vortexes on the leeward side.  There is a slight weight draw back but is all about compromises. 

Checking the shape

 I little  bit off the underside and the jobs a goodun