I cut out a piece of cardboard and held it in place, trimming until I was happy with the shape. It's cut from the same 3/4" board the hull is made from. It protrudes about 2 1/4" from the hull at the top and 1 1/2" in it's midsection.
I drilled a hole for the bowsprit and sanded the edges round. The 1/2" dowel sticks out 7" and is angled up slightly.
Before attaching to the hull, I held it against the bow and marked both sides. I then used a power sander to flatten the bow point until the