Lesson number one today:
Scissors on the right—happy healthy normal pair of scissors
Scissors on the right (EDIT: oops this should read ‘on the left’)—when you forget to wipe the epoxy off when you open your puke mouse or trim wet excess cloth…not at all happy pair of scissors. I bust out laughing at this new lesson when I picked them up and try to cut my tape to length:-)
I’ve been making pretty good progress today. Its only noon and I’ve got about three hours in already. Next boat I build l’m going to make some kind of platform so…hang on gotta put my cherry pie lunch in the oven, be right back…. okay I’m back…I don’t have to stoop over so much. I cut most of my fabric to length as I thought it would go faster then cutting each strip as I glued them in….yeah I was doing that duuuhhhho:-) I just tacked the two bulkheads in with temporary nails, I didn’t take a picture if that but I’m pretty sure we can all imagine what a nail in a board looks like LOL! The port bulkhead has chine logs on the bottom and the starboard is just using the fibre glass tape and epoxy to hold it in. I’ve been debating whether or not to put bracing between the bulkhead and the side. I’m leaning to not adding any more weight considering I’ve used 3/8 plywood and the longest span is only 18 inches. Any stress from sitting on it while ‘hiking out’ .....does one ever need to lean that far out in a PDR?,...is along the plane of the plywood probably its strongest orientation. I think I’ve just convinced myself to not add any more reinforcing.
I do have a bit of a bow in the plywood, I’ve clamped it square in the photo above, but during the dry fit everything lined up nicely so I’m good to go.
A second lesson I learned (after getting the idea from PDR Shorty) is to immerse the tape in epoxy to thoroughly wet it out and then squeegee off the excess with your fingers and apply the resultant strip. It goes enormously faster and I think will do a better job because you aren’t wasting as much time wetting out the tape and it is a more thorough job. I found that the brush I am using just nicely forms the wetted tape along the fillet without distorting the fillet. It leaves a nice fair curve at the joins. It looks pretty good if I do say so myself:-) Having more than one person or using shorter strips on the long runs would go a little more smoothly.
I made a minor goof in taping the seams of the boat, keeping in mind one of my big considerations in epoxying and taping all the joints is to ensure that the airtanks are airtight, where I filletted the starboard bulkhead and taped it. I then went back to surface coat the floor of the starboard bulkhead and if there was epoxy left to coat the central floor before I filletted the port, and chined, bulkhead. Well I kinda got the bit in my teeth to lay down more tape as I was mixing up the batch (I’d just figured out the pre-wetting approach) and proceeded to immerse the long tape for the port side. Just micro seconds after I’d immersed the first bit of tape I’d realized I’d not filletted the joint. I briefly toyed with the idea if chucking that piece of tape and filleting the joint but then I thought this joint is already chined, I am not going to lose strength by just taping this corner. So I just taped the corner. Lets see if it stands the rigours of my lacustrine adventures:-)
I had thought about adding a larboard (I think that means a ‘keel’ like structure that is mounted on the side of the boat instead of a ‘dagger board’ which is mounted inboard) which may require additional bracing for mounting it. I am enjoying using the epoxy so much and finding it far easier than I thought it would be that I am going to install the dagger board with the additional construction that that means.
Well gotta get back out there.
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2