Friday, April 13, 2007

And a Little Tape on the Stem and Stern

6" tape and 3" tape at the bow. 3" tape at the stern (not shown). Also, put a second coat of epoxy on the bottom prior to turning the boat back over.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cloth Applied to Bottom

Two layers of 10 oz cloth have been applied to the bottom. Topsides look messy at this point but it won't matter after cloth is applied and the hull is faired and finished. To reduce sanding, the drips were brushed &/or squeeged out right away. Drips were knocked down while the epoxy was still soft.

I am using West epoxy and went with 206 slow hardner even though the shop was cold. Temperature in the low 30s this weekend, so I prewarmed the hull with an electric heater from underneath and had the resin & hardner warm before mixing. (I have a heated room adjacent for mixing and use an electric heating pad under the containers.) After the 1st layer was wetted out, I turned the heater under the boat off to extend working time and avoid bubbles.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Preparing to Glass the Bottom

10 oz cloth is cut with a generous lap up the side. The large lap accomodates outside use of the other half of the 4 oz glass used for the interior. The additional strength above the chine won't hurt either. This is going to be a beach boat and needs to be able to cope with that environment with a certain amount of grace when the skipper is lacking in such. A second layer is cut with a slightly larger overlap.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Interior Glassed & Taped

The interior is glassed and taped. I elected to not apply cloth to the bow and stern compartments and instead taped those seams with 6" biaxial tape. It doesn't look as nice but I am thinking the strength will be adequate.

The tape on the interior chine joint disappears pretty well. The interior will get at least one more coat of epoxy.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Fillets & Glassing

Getting ready to apply epoxy fillets to the main cabin. The fillets are masked off since I am thinking of leaving the salon bright (natural wood). Masking the the fillets helps make a tidy job.

The fillets are in and a layer of 10 oz glass has been applied to the bottom. The bulkhead faces already have a layer of 4oz. The interior sides will each get a layer of 4 oz and the a layer of tape will finish the joints.