I'm itching to start getting hull panels installed, and not having the transom installed on the boat was one of the things standing in the way.
Earlier I had epoxied the transom doubler on to the transom while the two parts were off the boat and easy to handle and work with. But one potential problem I could forsee was possible difficulty in getting the cockpit sole (the floor) installed later on, since that piece fits up against the transom and fits under the doubler. And is a tight fit up forward.
I had read of another builder who ended up trimming the aft edge of the sole off to get it installed. I'd prefer to not do that, so I decided to plane off the corner of the doubler at the bottom to give me some clearance to install the sole later on.
I got out my trusty #5 plane with the Hock blade and started making shavings.
It didn't take long and the job was done. I really like using the plane - such a sense of getting something done!
Looks pretty good as I dry fit the transom.
So I mixed up some thickened epoxy and installed it.