I’ve seen small tunnels on British canals (small in diameter, anyhow), but this kind of takes it up a level.
24 March 2017: Ahoy all! Well what a past few weeks.
As I stated, my older girls came down and we had their spring break. Some work was done on the boat, but it all sort of blended together.
Since all we have been doing lately is faring, it has not to anyone’s surprise I am sure become pretty monotonous. Yet we are getting ever so much closer to actually clothing this thing! Which I am sure most of you are like “yeah, yeah, you said that how many times now”.
Currently I am debating whether or not I can sheet this hull in steps. Like applying layers of cloth and letting them dry individually. I see no reason why this cannot happen and it will allow me to cloth it sooner if this is possible. Since I am inside and am not really concerned with the weather halting my advance (shy of cold temperatures). Further I think that doing it in stages will actually be a tad easier and more controlled as it will be less of a rush or fight against fatigue. I shall have to see.
Until than it is more and more sanding. Which if you are doing this boat building thing, you better get used to sanding. It is simply a fact of life.
Folding frame fat tire ebike with 85 mile range, 750w motor, 48v battery, full suspension & more.
Looks like one to watch… fold it up onboard, then unfold and go at the dock.
8 March 2017: Well life has been extremely busy lately shipmates. I have recently moved National Guard units and I am hurriedly trying to get to my required schools. College has also started back up and this has brought its own unique stresses. Thus I have had very little to almost no time to gather people and cloth the hull. As I am not the only one with obligations lol!
Yet what I am doing when I am able is to fill ard fare what is left on the hull. As well as getting the shop ready (i.e. Clean) to cloth the hull. This means moving a lot of stuff that has not been moved in years as well as vacuuming, wiping etc.
I am picking my older daughters up from their mothers this Friday, so if I can get a few nice warm days over the upcoming week I may be able to cloth the hull with them. I think that would be really cool to have them there. Yet I will likely get one of my buddies over here to assist as well, probably make things easier.
14 February 2017: Well mates, spent the last few days applying epoxy down the keel seam (between the keel and the hull). Looks pretty good.
Today I went ahead and brought up my sanders to the hull and fared down the port side. It seems to have really worked out and I believe will do the trick come time to apply the cloth.
On an exciting note, I have ordered both the cloth and Epoxy to sheet the hull. The Epoxy should be here on Friday. All we need now is a few days of warm weather and a few good hands to help so we can sheet this hull!
12 February 2017: Well the monotony of filling and sanding has gone on with good progress. Yet since it is so monotonous, I did not believe it warranted any highlights.
Yet what I have also done is apply more talc based epoxy down the keel, along the seam between it and the hull. This is done for a myriad of factors, one to improve waterproofing and second is to improve strength. While I have not done the entire length of the hull, I plan on finishing that up this upcoming week.
Once the all the epoxy has been applied along the keel seam, the next step is to (as you probably guessed it) sand to fare
10 February 2017: Ahoy shipmates, a gorgeous weather day in February allowed me to spread some more epoxy on the forward part of the starboard hull.
I mixed up some thick epoxy to maintain the line from the chine to the stem. Gooping it up pretty thick in certain low areas so as to maintain that line and profile. Hopefully tomorrow I can go ahead and sand that down to great effect.
February 8 2017: Yet another day of sanding to fare down the forward hull. Pretty monotonous but it seems to be paying off as the hull is becoming seamless and looking great (or so I think but I could be biased lol!)
On another note, I have started a YouTube channel that will also be chronicling my build from here on out as well. In other words you get to hear my lovely voice describe the work going into my boat lol! The name is SudzyBoatbuilder if you do a search within YouTube. A link to the channel will be appearing shortly on this site.