Sunday, August 30, 2009

Starting the Hull

This weekend I flipped the form over and re-aligned it, then started work on the hull. The biggest challenges here are at the two ends of the boat. The pieces require a LOT of fitting where they come together at a sharp angle. After about the 5th row up from the shearline on both sides, the surface begins to flatten out and it will be much easier to interlock the pieces.

Strips overlap at the stern and will be trimmed off later.

Here the bow strips are being blended using long tapers which are formed with a sander.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Top deck stripping finally DONE!

Bow and Stern Decks are both done and glassed with 1st coat of resin.

Pics only now....more later.

Glassed on one side and sealed on the other, the bow deck weighs a little over a pound, and the stern deck which is much shorter, weighs less than a pound. I am hopeful about reaching my objective of 35-40 pounds for the whole boat.

Monday, August 3, 2009

BC (Boat Construction?) Day Long Weekend

Got all the strips laid on the stern deck, ready for sanding and fairing.

Sanded with 80grit, 100grit, and finally 220grit using a fairing board.

Sealing with a coat of epoxy. This stops the cedar from drawing all the epoxy out of the cloth when it is laid.

2nd coat of epoxy on 3oz cloth. I wasn't sure if this cloth would be heavy enough, but I was really happy working with it.

Epoxy and glass curing on the stern deck. Thankfully it wasn't as hot today. Temps have been over 30deg C (about 100deg F), which is too hot for working resin.
Now to get to work finishing the strips on the bow deck!