20 January 2017: It was a bit of a wet day and I figured today was a good day to use my Menards rebate to perhaps buy the skeg timber. So saddling up my wife and three year old we went into Menards to buy the pine with my rebate. I was also able to purchase an adaption for my angle grinder to so that it transform into a sander. On the behest of the editor, who claimed it would be a worthwhile purchase.
Once home I went ahead and sank the carriage bolts through the outer keel as the plans explained. This is done in order to reinforce the area of the keel that will support most of the skeg weight.
I further decided to use my new attachment for my angle grinder in order to shape the stem a tad bit more. I added the attachment as well as one of my 36 grit sandpaper disks and got to work. To this all I can say is wow! It really removed a lot of wood and helped shape the stem a lot better than my mouse sander. Yet it was easy to let it get out of control and perhaps remove too much.
Also went ahead and used my drill press to bore some holes in the bottom part of the skeg that would rest right above the carriage bolts. Went pretty good and was proud of my grandfathers war surplus drill press working like a champ.
Tomorrow I will set about building the skeg!
18 January 2017: Today I figured I would go ahead and cut down the forward outer keel to the radius intended.
Taking a note from the plans, the builder suggests using batten to fair out the curve. I had plenty of scrap thin pieces of pine lying around from my ripping of the outer keel sections. So using one of these pieces, I clamped them at a radius along the bow until I was satisfied with the line. Tracing it was easy enough and my battery operated sawzall did the cutting.
I cut well above the line (anywhere from a 1/8th to 1/4”) so as to let my belt sander with 36 grit sandpaper do the rest. You wanna talk about some sawdust, good grief. Yet it did the job rather well. The last little bits I used my mouse sander with 50 grit to finish.
I think it is about time to cut the stem to shape! Which will no doubt have to wait until tomorrow.
17 January 2017: Well shipmates, today was kind of a cool day in the boatbuilding world. The day began a tad bit colder so I had to run the heaters and stove higher than yesterday. Yet what I was able to do was attach the stem to the bow.
I faired the excess epoxy off the stem and faired it up square so that it would fit nicely to the bow. I had to also move some heat lamps over to the front of the bow so that the epoxy could set up well. Mixing up some thick epoxy and having my wonderful wife come out and hold the stem so I could epoxy and screw the stem on soon saw it attached. Afterword’s I went ahead and made epoxy to fare the sides of the bow to the stem.
I think it looks pretty good, its seems to have set up pretty tough too.
15 and 16 January 2017: We have had an ice storm around the area and thus my efforts have been somewhat mooted. I was able to finish epoxying the outer keel pieces and bring them inside the house to finish drying. The wife I am not so sure was so keen on the idea; especially since it left a few drops of epoxy on our basement concrete floor.
I was able this past weekend to finish up repairing my grandfather’s war surplus drill press. The capacitor had gone out on it and needed to be replaced. So the new parts came in around Friday and by Saturday I had the old girl working like a champ. It’s pretty cool and exciting to see this piece of history still work as designed.
Today (the 16th) I went ahead and emplaced the rest of the outer keel section to include the rounded piece for the bow. Prior to doing this, I went ahead and went into town and bought some 3inch deck screws and the keel bolts. The three inch deck screws I would use to screw the keel into the hull while the epoxy sets. The carriage bolts I picked up will
be utilized as per the plans, by holding the skeg to the keel. Thus the only thing I will have left to do is attach the stem and fare it to the plans. Aside from that it will be a matter of building up the skeg and filling and faring down the hull as needed. I must say she is looking mighty pretty and is shaping up nicely (or at least so I think).
January 10-11 2017: Well mates, I have been taken advantage of the good weather and decided to work on the boat.
I epoxied the two outer keel sections and began to fare down the forward outer keel. It took a bit and it is still far from perfect but it seems that it will fit well enough with epoxy. The other two section are epoxying rather well.
I went ahead and bought two pieces of 1×4 to create the stem. I came home from Lowes and laminated cut the pieces of 1x and plywood to create the stem piece. Tomorrow I will epoxy the other two pieces of outer keel and fare the stem.
January 3 2017: Bit of a cold windy day but I nonetheless decided to put some time in on the boat. Yesterday my wife took my older two daughters back to their moms while I went into town to run errands. Of those errands, I purchased and brought home some more pine for the outer keel and stem.
Thus today I figured I would rip the 1×3 pine boards down to the requisite 2 inches for the majority of the keel. For the forward part of the keel I laminated 1×10 pine boards sandwiching a piece of half inch marine plywood to maintain the two inch outer keel dimension to the stem. It is drying at present as a massive block that I will shape down to the outer hull once it’s ready.
I am still a tad bit unsure as to how I am going to fare down this piece to acquire the appropriate shape, thickness, and position. I’ll do some more thinking and reading on the matter.
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.
Looks pretty decent all things considered.