So I am having a pretty lazy morning and while I got up early thus morning I kinda just puttered the morning away (looking at potential boat plans can consume a lot of time:-) . I finally got out to the shop, the coffee pot was empty anyway, and decided to fillet the lower starboard joint and then while hull 816 was on its side I coated the interior of both bouyancy tanks and anything else that was horizontal in this orientation. On Paul’s (shipwright) suggestion I wetted out the fabric on the flat and then pouring epoxy on top as he explains in his tips on epoxy blog. Not only is this method way way tidier it is also faster which surprised me. I was immersing my tape in a too small container, which was great for mixing but awkward for soaking. Laying it flat on a piece of poly was tidy, quick and used far less epoxy.
While I was puttering I was reading a bit about where I should put the mast step. PDR Shorty recommends 12 inches back from the bow, but he has a hull that is 16 to my 18 inches deep. I think I will mount the step 12 inches back from the joint of the bow and the hull. I hope this isn’t too close to the rudder that I lose some effectiveness of the rudder. I have a good handle on how I’m making my gudgeons (thanks Paul) but I haven’t settled on a style of rudder yet. I keep wanting to over design then I stop myself and remind myself that the more complicated I make it the less sailing time I’m going to have.
Oh yeah I was talking about finishing up coating the bouyancy tanks, all morning it had been pretty calm which is unusual for Brandon and I’m just about done coating the starboard outside inside the starboard tank, the in board side of the port tank and the interior of the port tank which as you can see in the above photo is right at ground level. Now keep in mind that all the surfaces are pretty tacky with epoxy, I have my head and entire attention focussed deep in the port tank when I feel a breeze start…oh nice I thought this will blow some of the fumes out. The fumes indeed were lessening but after I finish and start to sit up I realize the breeze is carrying a virtual blizzard of fine white puffy seeds! All across my very tacky glue! I am so glad this is not a refined boat where I’d spent a lot of effort to make it look good as I now something that looks like a cross between a polar bear and a packing crate :-) !
-- "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