|Project by Schwieb||posted 10-30-2010 02:35 PM||3734 views||7 times favorited||14 comments|
So now the inside and outside of the hull and deck are prepared and fiberglass cloth and resin applied. Now comes the task of actually putting the halves together. The form comes out of the boat, the shearline, in this case, cherry strips, are final fitted and secured together. I found that straps and strapping tape worked very well.
The mesh is applied to the inside first. This requires some pretty tricky manuvering to roll out the mesh strip all the way to the ends from the cockpit opening and then to smooth out the mesh and resin. You really can only do one seam at a time, so you simply have to wait until the resin is hard. Moving things around could be disasterous at this point. The outside seam is 2 thicknesses of 4 oz. cloth about 3 1/2” wide. The painters tape is a trick that Victor showed me. The bottom line is that it makes finishing the seam easier and after working with this frozen snot for awhle I can say that anything that makes it easier to sand and finish is a good thing.
While we are at this we applied the last of the glass around the coaming of the cockpit. This is actually going quite well and the fit at the shear line is nice and tight. I’m proud of it. While the resin is hardening, I work on the outfitting components: Seat, foot brace, paddle or perhaps turn a bowl or 2.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.