After 8 weeks of hard labor, the decks are DONE! And we’re really happy with the results. (more…)
We finally finished installing the new chainplates! We’ve been dreading this project since Day 1. What we thought was going to be a huge, fiberglassy mess inside the boat turned out to be a small fiberglassy mess inside the boat. With two of us working together, one on the Fein Multimaster and one on the vacuum, we were able to cut out the old chainplate knee-blocks fairly easily. The scary part was securing the rig while taking it apart at the same time. (more…)
Yeah, yeah. I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Writing about boat projects has sort of taken a back seat to actually doing boat projects.
Not much exciting to write about. More core repair the past couple weeks.
Not too much excitement going on, just more sanding and fairing. And a bit more epoxy primer over the last couple days.
Yesterday I got the first coat of epoxy primer laid down inside the cockpit. I’ve never worked with this kind of “paint” before, but once everything was wiped down & cleaned it went pretty smoothly (no pun intended).
I finally got everything faired smooth (I think) inside of the new coaming extensions on Friday. I figure at this point just shoot for pretty smooth. This weekend Jeni and I fired up the sanders and vacuums and went to town doing what we love to do…
Thursday it rained the better part of the morning, so filling and fairing fiberglass was out of the question. I decided it was finally time to pull the steering pedestal assembly and get it out of the way. I need to sand and paint inside the cockpit well and it’ll be a lot easier to do without having to work around it.
Cockpit work has been slowly progressing, but it’s a pain in the arse. Sand, vacuum, acetone wipe, and fill with thickened epoxy. Story of my life lately, and I’m getting a little bored with it.
I’m pissed. As you probably already know, I’m in the midst of mixing mad quantities of epoxy resin, hardener, and thickeners on my current cockpit project. I have but one beef, and decided to take it to Sailing Anarchy for some creative input. Here’s my post, word for word:
I’ve been working with 2-part epoxy for quite a few years now. If memory serves, I think my first experience was the cylinder head repair on my 327 Chevy racing motor when I was 17 years old. My Dad showed me how to use JB Weld to fill a crack between two valve seats, and that repair served me well for many years.
Now that the coaming extensions are installed, it’s time to get some more wood out of the way so I can do some filling and fairing on the glass.
How ’bout that feeling you get when you work on something for months and are finally rewarded with success?