Well, I'm really bummed. Talk about frustration and hitting a wall. I spent much of today's session working on the upper bow section only to find that when nearing the end things weren't working out as I'd hoped. Hours wasted (as well as struggling with some hidden geometry I didn't really was there)! Aargh!!!
Anyway I took a break and went back to studying my drawings to understand where I went wrong. I think I've got it solved, but it's enough for today and I'll try again tomorrow.