352 Hrs – Hot Sanding
Amazingly we had a hint of summer here today, clear blue sky and 26’C(78’F)! Where was I? In the barn wearing hat, dust mask and goggles sanding! Sometimes its a struggle! Anyway I did a complete sand down of the hull including all the filled screwholes, stem and stern joints and keel and skeg. Very dusty, very sticky (can eyes sweat?) but I now have a much nicer, smoother hull ready for what I hope will be the final filling before glassing. To finish off I scarfed and glued the two full length stringers that are fixed along the bottom of the hullsides.
Thoughts are now turning to all the jobs I need to complete on the hulls before the glassing. Thanks to Beat and Thomas for the comments about the rudder mountings. Had I seen Scotts method earlier I would certainly have copied it but I still intend to try and find an alternative method that allows me to drill the holes through epoxy rather than ply before I turn the hulls. I am kicking round various ideas and I’ll keep you posted.
Other jobs include glassing the vertical panel joints,glass reinforcement of the skeg/hull joints, keel and skeg tapers,glass reinforcement of the bow, attention to interior stringer fillets, echo sounder blisters ( research ongoing…. any thoughts welcome ), and keel strips ( I like Thomas’s idea of using UHMW plastic, again research ongoing ). So, as you can see, there is plenty to keep me going for a while yet! No photos tonight, sorry, forgot the camera.