March 31 2017: Ahoy everyone!

Well exciting news, I was able to get some of the cloth on the boat for a dry run and to “Train” it to the hull. I have read that it is a good idea to have the cloth lay on the hull at least overnight so that it can fit naturally to its contours and lines. My reading has stated that this will make it much easier when filling the weave with epoxy due to not having to constantly fight wrinkles.

Prepping for this was a tad easier than I expected it to be. I was talking with my father a while ago and he cited that Epoxy naturally bonds to wood better than almost any other adhesive. He told me this during a call when I asked him what sort of prep I should do before clothing the hull. So I went ahead along with the assistance of Savannah vacuuming the hull with my shop vac and wet wiping with damp rags. This was to ensure all the sawdust and debris was removed from the surface to allow for a good clean bond. It took roughly about an hour and we decided to let the hull air dry while we ate supper with the kids.

My lovely wife further decided to aide me with both the port and starboard sides of the hull and emplacing the cloth for training after supper. I decided to do these sides first before running the center piece of cloth down the keel and skeg as well as over the transom (because my cloth is to narrow to allow for anything else). To accommodate this, I plan on leaving the inner portions of the port and starboard cloth (about two inches worth) dry so that I can wet seam the last piece (keel piece) of the polyester to them. In other words the last bit of cloth running the skeg and transom will be wetted out with the un epoxied or “virgin” side pieces together. I don’t foresee a reason why this will not work but who knows, I have been wrong before lol.

Hopefully I can get enough time tomorrow away from my school stuff to wet out the cloth. I have my putty knives ready as well as the foam rollers (recommended by Mark) ready to go. Thus we are sitting on go and eagerly awaiting to get at it!

(Training the cloth)

(after the wipe down)

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