387Hrs – Keels Glassed & Skeg Rebates Cut
I changed my glassing technique slightly for the keels. Stippling some glass mat 13m (42ft) long x 200mm (8") wide with a brush didn’t appeal, so I switched to a small foam roller to give the cloth its first saturation and then used the brush to stipple in where needed. It seems to have worked OK. Whilst waiting for the epoxy to harden up a bit so I could cut and remove the masking tape, I marked up and cut out the rebates on the skegs that will later be drilled to take the bottom rudder lashings. Following the advice from Beat and Thomas I will be drilling the lashing holes whilst the hulls are this way up and easy to access. I still haven’t decided exactly how yet though. I could drill using the router so that the router bed keeps the drill square but I am more concerned about making sure that the holes are well coated with epoxy inside as I understand that they can be a rot trap. I’m considering drilling oversized holes, and using clamps to compress epoxy into them and then, once set, drilling the actual holes through the epoxy. I’ll experiment before deciding though!
Between these jobs there was time for lunch.
I found a new use for my heat gun!