Sunday, September 7, 2008

More exterior lamination

I'm not yet done with the exterior laminate, but it's getting closer. As of today I have run out of 'A' glass, so I need to make time this week to run up to Fiberglass Supply for more.

I've been lazy about picture taking lately, but here's a few. Here I'm sitting on top of the boat, cogitating about how I'm going to laminate the glass into the daggerboard case:

You can see on the starboard side where the leading edge of the laminate has reached. The port side is at about the same spot, and the rear half of the main cabin top is done. Also the bow edge is done up to the bottom of the bow web (still thinking about how to best blend that area into the hull).

I decided to pre-laminate the daggerboard case glass before the main exterior laminate...glad I did it separately, a bit finicky getting all this glass into place:

Now, when I do the main laminate, I'll just cut around the case hole and not try to lap it in (the glass over the flat spot will lap in a bit).

Lamination of rudder mount is completed:

(I keep the steel rod in the holes to protect them from stray drips of epoxy.)

Picture looking through the boat:

Despite the (relatively) high temperatures, the technique of coating the foam with bog before laminating the glass over it has worked great to prevent bubbles from showing up. Don't think I want to deal with all those bubbles again, and the attendant fairing issues.

I layed some temporary plywood on top of the cockpit floor, this helped a lot to distribute my weight and remove any worries about damage. Also, went with my wife to a craft store last week and they had sheets of 3/8" balsa that I could examine...wow, that's some pretty tough (and light!) stuff. I am now thinking of using balsa for my double cockpit floor layer.

It was very cool to see the video of Oliver's boat sailing...

That's all for now, hope all the other builders are doing well.

4 comments:

chris moller said...

looking really good Jay, yeah we are also using your fairing technique as it seems alot easier and quicker - note that Toivo is also painting the undercoat really early to help being able to see clearly to fair as cleanly as possible.
keep up the good work.
cheers Chris

Anonymous said...

last post over a month ! :( whats going on !

Anonymous said...

* WARNING *Please do not use any balsa. I have heard & seen only bad things about it. If it gets any water in it at all it is a big sponge & will rot very quickly. For the size of the cockpit, stay with the foam. I have been following your great blog for some time now. Keep up the great work!

Jim Mackenzie
London Ontario
F22 #29

Steve Minor said...

Looks good Jay! Can't imagine the amount of time you have in this.

As I was looking at the boat in its current form I had one of those funny thoughts... I could just see caption under a picture saying something like "Now that I've made it, I'm not sure how I'm getting it out!"... :)

What color are you going with (assume white as the primary?)?