December 25 2016: Merry Christmas mates! After the morning presents and coffee (much more of the coffee for me than the presents), I went ahead and struck to the shop.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my epoxy job had set up just fine (emergencies be darned). Forward part of the keel and bow were now ready to be fared down and prepared for the outer keel and stem area. Thus I went ahead and took out my belt sander and mouse sander and proceeded to fare down the epoxy job from yesterday. I think it turned out really well and since I did not want to spend all day in the shop I decided to call that it for the day.
I also decided to tidy the shop and re-paint my drawing board because I foresee a need for it in the future.
24 December 2016: What an alarming yet productive day of boat construction.
After getting the ham on the smoke for Christmas Eve dinner, I struck out to the shop to get some work done. The Port and Starboard sides of the bow along the seams were set and look great. I figured I would work on the keel area of the forward bow, from about Frame B to the stem. Like the rest of the keel, I cut a small plywood strip to fit along approximately two feet of the forward keel. For the rest, I would decide to just use epoxy to fill the seam along the forward keel and seal the hull together as one congruent unit.
This worked rather well and to my surprise did not require the exorbitant amount of epoxy to complete. Even though the temperature here is around the mid to upper forties, I thought it would be a good idea to emplace the heat lamps and halogens to keep the area warm. This required some wrestling with my hanging lights as well as my tripod halogen to accomplish but it was done. As I began to collect my things and tidy a bit, I noticed that the areas directly under the lamps were beginning to smoke. It was the epoxy basically cooking. So a few expletives and some running and tripping later I had them cut off. For the most part it does not look like any long term damage was done but some of the epoxy did bubble up. Yet it feels hard and like it was setting up ok despite being cooked somewhat. I therefore have decided to let the setting process finish and inspect it afterwards. If there are areas that I need to re-epoxy I will do so as I discover them.
I am sure I will go to the shop on a regular basis for the rest of the evening just to check on the epoxy; I can now honestly say my heart rate has returned to normal.
23 December 2016: Ahoy mates, I hope all is well in the realm of sea faring adventurists.
Well it has been a real battle with the weather. As it has been remarkably cold here; at times into the single digits and the negatives. This means that epoxying has been relegated to direct heat from my heat lamps, halogen lights and space heaters aimed directly at the area.
Yet I have been able to apply epoxy to the bow area (finally), applying it to the seams along the bottom of the hull to the sides. It looks like it will fare down rather well but obviously we will have to see if this is the case.
In order to do this I went ahead and lit a fire in my shop’s stove and heated the epoxy by placing it next to it. Once it was warm to the touch I went ahead and mixed it thoroughly.
Hopefully I will be able to go ahead and move to the keel of the bow and epoxy and fare it to accept the outer keel.
15 December 2016: Well shipmates, it has been incredibly cold here lately, so that coupled with school has stifled work on the boat.
Yet I have been able to get the stern worked on due to heat lamps and bundling up. I trimmed up the inboard areas so that they are flush with the framing. Further I went ahead and filled in some areas on the stern that needed gaps filled by epoxy.
December 10 2013: While it has yet again been a busy few weeks with drill and other headaches such as school and firewood for the house; I have gotten some done on the boat.
Those strips that I cut for the keel area between the plywood actually fit together quite nicely. Some trimming of the hull sheeting over the keel area with a chisel helped ensure a good fit for the fore and aft strips. The areas that were cut a bit wider than others would have required an exhaustive amount of epoxy. Thus I decided to use small plywood strips about a quarter to a half inch in thickness to act as a filler. This worked rather well and in two day I had the keel area from the transom up to about frame B filled. Looks pretty good.
One setback however was discovered as I was fairing down the keel area with my belt sander. An area slightly aft amidships was sticky for about a foot and a half. It simply did not set up and had a good amount of time (several days) to do so, despite the cold. I therefore went ahead and scooped the unset goo from the keel area and reapply the epoxy. Once that was done I decided not to take any chances and went ahead and brought over my heat lamps to put directly overtop of the trouble area. This would help me maintain the required 55 degrees for the requisite two hours after application.
The next day saw the venture had worked! The epoxy was already hard; a true feat for it being in the thirties around here. Figure I will go ahead and fair that down as well and move on to getting the bow from frame B forward ready as I have the rest of the boat.