Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm callin' it!


5+ hours today sanding out the last lil' bits. I went around and dressed the chines & stem plus the transom. Each side got a hit of the Flexicats for good measure. That's all the sanding on the outside of the hull that will be done till finish fairing just before topcoat paint. That won't happen until just before the boat comes out of the shed!

The last lil' bits of sanding dust gathered on the hull break between the sides & bulwarks!

Tomorrow I'll clean it all off and wipe it down in prep for primer! Will have to keep an eye on the weather to see what Mother Nature's going to throw at us. I want near ideal conditions when I spray the primer!

Beer Time!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

A mini Milestone I guess

Sorta hit a milestone today. Keel & bottom panels sanded. The RO sander came off the top of the boat never ever to go back up again!  ;-)

I've got maybe another day sanding on the sides & bulwarks & corners and then she'll get cleaned up for primer. I do have a couple of low spots on the sides that might need 'nuther coat of epoxy. I think they're too deep for primer to hide. We'll see tomorrow when the sanding is done.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Three Months & Counting

Yesterday marked the three month mark that I've been filling & fairing & sanding this whale. I honestly don't know where the time flies! It doesn't seem that long but it has. When I look back at the pictures & video's etc. I don't really remember doing half this stuff. I mean I know I did it but it's like you go on auto pilot or something.

Today was my least favorite activity of all, getting up on top (actually the bottom) of the boat & sanding.
I always leave the worst to last I guess. My ole' back & knees don't like this activity too much. Usually I'll take a Robaxacet first and that keeps the back muscles from cramping. Didn't have any left today though. :-( 

The checklist to primer is getting shorter. As of right now I have a patch on the stbd bottom panel to sand and the port side bulwarks forward. The port side panel will need to be be long boarded in it's entirety and the stbd side panel is 2/3's of the way long boarded. The only thing left to do then will be to sand all the joins. This has to be done by hand and is a bit of a PITA. If all goes according to plan I should be spraying primer on the hull by mid-week next week.

And now for your viewing enjoyment, you guessed it, another sanding video! This time with a slightly different perspective. I try to keep it fresh and interesting! :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Six hours of sanding today.

Six hours of sanding today. Nothing but sanding. Sanding blue tinted epoxy. I'm pretty much fed up with sanding 'cept I got more sanding to do tomorrow! *sigh*  Time to hit the shower. I look like Poppa Smurf!

Parting shot: "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ― Farrah Gray

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Around and around we go!

Where & when will this torture stop nobody knows. *sigh*

The process:  Roll on some expensive goopy stuff. When it hardens sand most of it back off so you can roll on some more expensive goopy stuff. *sigh*

I'm pretty sure now I could have done this a lot easier had I know then what I know now. Oh well, live and learn. I'm into it and I'll finish it. Started out today at 80 degs in the shed at 08:00 and only got warmer. The humidity is probably the highest it's been all summer. I really notice a lot of moisture coming out of the sander. The little water trap thingy on the compressor just can't keep up. I may have to get a larger air dryer for that.
Working my way from the bow to the stern on the port side bottom panel. It's so humid the dust just balls up and gums up the sanding disks. I think I've gone through 6 so far today. Usually I only have to change them once a day.

Nice orderly waves of sanding dust! ;-)  I try to be methodical but have to change it up as much as I can to relieve the stress on my wrists. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is no joke. If you've ever hand Tennis Elbow you'll know the pain.
You can see the shine coming off the epoxy. This stuff is HARD. It's been baking in the shed for almost a week now. Luckily I don't have to press too hard to get eh pebbles sanded down and the shine off of it. Using 80 grit disks which is what's required for the next step, primer.

Just in case you missed it here's the link to yesterday's Sandinsanity video!

Temps supposed to hit 40 C with the humidex today. I'll see how long I can go. I keep the fans blowing right on me which helps.