Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today's Mission

was to tape the remaining seams in the stern of the boat.
6" biax tape over remaining seams
I approached it a little differently this time. I laid down a bead of epoxy glue over the old fillets. Next I laid in the tape. Once that was done I went over the seams with the billiard ball which created a nice smooth fillet. This was allowed to stand for awhile to stiffen up.

After a good soaking in epoxy the seams were finished.
Taped and wetted out seams
The small section in the center of the picture above is my last piece of Saertex (biaxial carbon fiber). I put it there to reinforce the area where the rudder post will exit the hull. The white material on top is peel ply. I didn't have enough gumption in me this morning to peel ply all the seams. They'll get a light sanding day after tomorrow then I'll recover all the seams with 10" 17 oz tape. That'll be the last of the easy stuff.

The box keel is the next step after that. Standby...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rumours of my demise

have been slightly exaggerated! ;-)  I'm still kicking. Today was just a clean up day in advance of tomorrow's fiberglass taping schedule. Had to move a bunch of stuff that had accumulated in the stern of the boat and then vacuum it all out.
Looking aft into the stern of the boat
Had to remove a clamping strip of plywood I had put on last year to hold a second layer of ply over the keel back end. Somehow I didn't think 1/2" would be enough in that part of the keel.
Back end of the keel
It's going to be tough working back in there. It's right at the limit of my reach!

That's about it. Nothing else exciting to report. Standby....

Friday, May 22, 2015

Boat Shed Crime Scene

Headline! Security cameras catch moment of Boat Builders death.

Seen here on security camera knocked unconscious is our intrepid boat builder. Forces unknown (but likely the air hose) have apparently knocked him out.

This next frame shows him regaining consciousness and fighting for his life against the evil air hose! It looks to have been a tremendous battle.

Four days later, when he didn't come in for lunch the Admiral entered the Big Blue Boat Shed and found our trusty boat builders body bloated & stinking to high heaven!  :-(

Authorities are awaiting the coroner's report on actual cause of death. From these pictures you can likely tell it was a possessed air hose that did the dirty deed! All indications are the sander had no involvement in the crime.

Note: This is a work of fiction. No air hoses were harmed or convicted of any crime in the making of this blog entry.

PS: It is highly recommended that the boat builder lay off the cheezeburgers and stick to the salads instead.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ordinary Day

Nothing out of the ordinary to report. Just some taping & sanding.
This area below had cracked when the forward panels were developed into the bow. The kerfs that were cut into the panel to relieve some of the stress on the panel were cut on the wrong side. I addressed the hump it caused on the outside and added a couple extra layers of tape on the inside.
This area will get three layers of glass over top of that so I'm sure it'll be plenty strong enough.

Rest of the time I've been puttering away at fillets & tapes.
Port Side

Starboard Side
I'll be moving into the stern tomorrow to fix some fillets and get it ready so I can tape the entire stern section in one session. It should be a little easier to do it back there were it's 'almost' flat! ;-) 


Sunday, May 17, 2015

New member of the family

I've been eyeballin' this thing for awhile. Guy across the street is moving and has had this in his yard sale for 3 weeks now. Finally get up the nerve to go have a close look.
Came with the work stand and at $100 (abt. half of retail) I thought it was a bargain. Don't really need it now but will eventually.

I tried to get some more seams taped this morning before the heat drove me out of the shed.
Thought I'd try something easy, yeah right. Working in the bow really sucks. No traction and gravity pulling me into the bilge! ;-)  I managed to get about 15' of 6" tape on the side/bottom seam. Plan was to put a layer of the 10" tape over top right away but it got too hot.
The epoxy was kicking off in the bucket before I could get it all rolled out. I'd like to use a paint tray to help keep the epoxy cooler but there's nowhere flat to lay it down. Anyhow, it'll just mean some quick sanding before the next layer goes on.

I'd like to get all the seams taped by the end of this week including the box keel (which will be a challenge) then lay out the big fabrics for the sides and bottom.