I've been at it since Thursday working 1/2 days except for Friday when I went sailing in the morning with Craig. (Oh yeah ½ days are 12 hours.) I sill have off on vacation for the rest of this week with perhaps a sneak off to go sailing once again – got to keep the spirits up.
I’ve been reviewing the rest of the plans, bogging, sanding, and cutting, and adding to the mold & hull. Bogging is adding powder to the resin making a paste, a real pain to sand when it’s 20 feet long. When I was sanding I thought I’d rather be boxing a 6-foot marsupial.
One more light coat of bog and sanding then I'll be ready to bag the inner laminate so I’m well ahead of my schedule for the week. I need to drill a series of 1/8 inches holes spaced one inch apart through the foam in the load areas of the bow, deck, cross beams, and the bulkhead for the mast support and fill them with bog to add shear strength to the core. It will also help to tie the carbon skins together in these areas.
I added the stern to the boat, it is pretty wild, and the foam did not want to bend that way during lay-up. Once the hull is completed, both halves, the stern will still get trimmed from the water line back a foot into the hull giving it the classic upswept curved look.
Now that I’ve foamed out the first side I think I can do the other side in one piece. Marking the **** area cut-out on the mold will help. I will leave it blank when I foam the other side it will relieve some of the twisting and reduce waste.
I cut the **** area out of the deck I almost screwed that up by being off a foot, one station, too far forward. I took one last look at plans after I marked it out on the hull and realized my mistake. The old carpenter adage, “Measure twice and cut once” sure came into play here. The first cut into hull and it could have been wrong. That initial hesitation of cutting the hull paid off. I will finish the cut-out by building a jig and dressing the cut with a round-over router bit and this will give a nice finished look and allow the skins to join together.
Well that’s it for now.
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