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.

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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 featĀ 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.

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