Tough LessonAll new ribs...
The old ribs were simply not going to fit. Even after trying to put in the screws through the hull I did not get a tight fit. So I got out the miter saw and got rid of the evidence of a hard learned lesson.
I went back to the hardwood store and spent 2 hours picking through 8 foot white oak planks. Finding the best lumber seems to have a big impact. I tried to get planks that were cut close to the center of the tree.
My initial thought was that the larger the ribs the better the support. But getting a snug fit was simply impossible. The new ribs a slightly thinner and wider. This allowed the bending to go very smooth.
I pre-drilled and marked the position of the ribs. Ones out of the steam box they are in place and bolted to the keelson within 10 seconds.
Bolted in Place
I also pre-drilled the holes through the hull. By over-bending the ribs and mounting them from the keelson out there are simply no more gaps to the planks.
Many helping Hands
My wife and I can put in the 1/2 ribs. But for the full length pieces we got the neighbors over for a glass of wine, dinner and wood bending.