Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's that time of year

to start buttoning up everything for the onslaught of winter that'll arrive soon! *sigh*

I had a visit from a fellow boat builder, Peter Lenihan. I don't know if you remember Peter but he built a Bolger Windemere (Turtle Bay) and launched it last year. He came up from Montreal for the day to hang out in the Big Blue Boat Building Building I Built! :-)

Peter fully in command of his vessel!

Peter built his boat in a bow shed similar to mine. He has missed his shed and enjoyed mine, maybe a lil' too much! :-) He looked over the boat project so far and was impressed with the amount of work. He'll be back in the spring to help me with the epoxy & fiberglass work. What a great guy, he even bought me lunch when I forgot my wallet!

Back to buttoning up. Well more like cleaning up and organizing stuff. One of the jobs I had to do was clean out the epoxy metering pump thingy. I'm changing epoxy systems and wanted to make sure there wasn't any of the old stuff left that might contaminate the new epoxy.

This is a great gizmo. All you have to do is ensure you keep the reservoirs full and the pump will accurately meter and mix the epoxy ready to go. No muss and very little fuss. The downside is the reservoirs are small, 4 qts and 2 qts. The ratio is two parts resin to one part hardener. Just means you have to refill them often. The hardener container is opaque so you have to be careful and make sure it's got stuff in it. We learned that lesson the hard way.

All reassembled and ready to go next spring.

Well that's about it. I have to cover the cabin roof with a new tarp and get my buddy Andrew over to patch a few small holes in the shed roof and we should be good for the winter. I know it's not very exciting but it's all I got.

Stay Frosty My Friends.   :-)