1935 16ft Garwood Speedster Replica #4: Sanding and Encapsulating

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Blog entry by ccanderson102 posted 11-01-2013 03:18 PM 2584 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: It looks like a boat - sort of Part 4 of 1935 16ft Garwood Speedster Replica series Part 5: It has been a long time since my last post »

Build hours: 61.0
Cost: $2077.99

Sanding, Sanding, Sanding. Encapsulating Encapsulating Encapsulating.

Yup that sums up my activity since the last installment update. I read that to build a boat you have to love sanding – and they are right but I did learn a few things. The dust collection on a Bosch 1/4 sheet sander actually does work provided you remember to punch the hole the sheet and empty the canister frequently.

The other this I learned is that I like working with epoxy in the cold because the pot life is longer and you can recoat in 24 hours without scuffing the surface.

Not exactly related to wood working but certainly related to the project, I picked up an 1979 Mastercraft Stars and Stripes from the now defunct Otawa, IL Show Ski team. Poor old girl was rode hard and put a way wet too many times but now she will serve nicely as an organ donor for my project. The stringers are gone, the floor is all but gone, it was replaced once already, and who knows about the transom but you can guess that it too is rubbish. The stringers were nothing but the fiberglass jacket. All the wood that was supposed to be on the inside pulled a David Copperfield act and disappeared.

When you buy a boat 4.5 hours from home with unknown conditions for tires, wheel bearings or taillights what does one do? Put you boat and trailer on a trailer.

I have work to do to figure out the curved transom and how to attache the frames to the stringers. that should keep me busy for a few more weeks. I have to get this transom figured out because I am getting itchy to start planking the hull.

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 03:30 PM

They’re not exactly right. You don’t have to love sanding but you do have to do lots of it.
Looks like you’re having fun anyway.
I’m not sure of your boatbuilding experience but if there is anything I can help with, feel free to ask.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks Shipwright. This is my first boat build and I’m quickly learning that I need to keep my carving hatchet SHARP. I’ll be sure to keep you in mind as questions come up.

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