640Hrs – Two Down
I’ve completed the backbone fillets in two starboard hull compartments now and only have the fillets in fourteen compartments left to do! Sometimes it just pays to switch off and plug on! My techniques are improving all the time and I can start to work quicker, the only problem with the job is getting easy access right down in the bilges. I am developing a horizontal groove across my chest from leaning in over the hullsides!
The photo left shows the glass mat laid over the fillet with the backbone on the right and hullside on the left. The photo above shows the completed glassed fillet looking down into the bilge. When completed these fillets will hugely reinforce the keel, in effect the bottom of the boat will be a good 2-3 inches of solid timber and epoxy.