380Hrs – More Glassing
Continuation of strengthening glass work tonight. I’ve done the hull joints aft of the keel and the skeg to hullside joints. The latter is not in the JW plans but my decision as I just felt happier with some reinforcement in this area as, with just the 18mm ply there, it seemed weak when compared to the solid feel elsewhere on the hull. Another decision made today resulted from a visit to a specialist plastics company. I liked Thomas Neilsons idea of using UHMW plastic as rubbing strips on the keels. UHMW stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight. It’s amazing stuff, incredibly hard wearing, impervious to water, UV stable, easy to work and very low friction. During my visit I also saw other plastics including a self lubricating one which I reckon could be used for crossbeam bearers. The more I thought about it the more uses I came up with so I’ve ordered a 2m x 1m sheet. It’s not cheap but I’me sure it will perform better than hardwood or stainless steel and give the keels added protection when taking the ground or running up a beach.