Monday, September 16, 2019

Finishing up Painting and Other Tasks!

I managed to finish up the 3 final coats with dealing with my back. Still having to go very slow, but I was able to get it done. I still have a few places I will need to touch up, but will wait until I get the boat on the trailer.

Below are a few pictures.

I did use some Total Boat faring compound from Jamestown Distributors in a few place in the bow section, but for the most part, my fillets looked pretty good! 

Below is a picture of the tabernacle. If you recall, I messed up the location of the holes. Since I have been reading a lot about the tabernacle splitting and some of the fixes I have seen, I decided to add a piece of 1/4 inch plywood to each side. This will bring my thickness to 1", so should help to strengthen. It will also help me cover up the miss drilled holes. I am still thinking about finishing natural and this will give me the option. Most likely I will paint though. 

Boom Gallow
Yesterday I spent a couple of hours rigging up the drill press and measuring, more measuring and then finally drilling. when I was done and I went to put the boom gallow on the poles, I figured out I drilled the holes too big! A while back, I created a boom gallow to use as a test piece for drilling the holes in the seat back. I got a drill bit and put it in my test piece and it was the same size, so I went ahead and drilled the final piece. Should have checked!!!! But like most things there is a fix. I just filled up the holes with thickened epoxy and will do the drill-fill-drill thing. I will stick with the story that that was my plan all along! LOL.  Nobody will know any better. 

Yesterday I also worked on the Rudder and sanding it. I sanded through in a couple places, so I will be applying epoxy to those areas before sanding.

Starting to look at all the fitting out and will be going to get screws for some things shortly.

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Been laying low a little. Been fighting some back issues, which means I haven't been working on the boat as much as I like. I did manage to prime the boat, sand and put one final coat on.

Below is a picture of the Interlux Pre-Kote Primer. After letting it dry for a week, I sanded the entire boat again with 220 grit.  This took off most of it.

Today I just finished putting the 1st coat of Interlux Brightside. Below are a few pictures. 
I had vacuumed the boat thoroughly and wiped it down with denatured alcohol. 

I will be letting this dry and hopefully do a quick 320 sanding of this coat and put the 2nd coat on next weekend.  Things are slowly coming along. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Tabernacle, Companionway and Bowsprit

A few weeks ago during a hot streak of about 103 degree days I was working in the garage. I was doing other tasks and decided the last thing I would do for the day was to glue up the tabernacle.
Below are a couple pictures of things clamped up.

Since it was so hot I was in some what of a hurry. I noticed the holes didn't look like they were in the right place, but decided the templates couldn't be wrong. I should have stopped, but I went ahead and glued things up. So my mistake. I had the outside boards turned around. The middle piece should have been on the other side. So now my tabernacle has the holes in the wrong place! :-(  

But not a big deal, I have already fixed the bevel so the tabernacle sits correctly and I plan on refilling the holes and then drilling where they should go. Just some wasted time to have to redo things.

I cut the toerail angles on my bandsaw. I noted the angle on the plans and adjusted the table on the badsaw and ran them through.

I predrilled the holes. I think I used about 7 and cut little pieces of wood, so screwing it down would not damage the wood. I screwed everything down doing a dry fit and then lathered everything up with some thickened epoxy. I have been using the pre-mixed epoxy Total Boat Thixo from Jamestown distributors. Sort of expensive, but quick and easy.

Since I lathered the epoxy on, I had good squeeze out and used a fillet tool to make a mini fillet along both edges. This will help with any water standing and help with run off.

Companion Way

I also installed the companion way to the top of the cabin. I used epoxy to attach and used a combination of clamps and weights to hold it down while the epoxy cured.  This turned out good.
The portion that slides back and forth works well. Below are a few pictures of the work.

Bowsprit Hole 

As with any hole I have to cut in the boat, I am always nervous. The other night I cut a piece of wood to equal the end of the bowsprit.  I used a 4X4' post and cut it on the band saw. I then took an angle finder and measure the angle of the bow. I then marked that angle on the piece of wood.

I then held the piece up to the bow and marked it on all sides. I then took a couple of my small saws and took my time cutting. I had to use a keyhole saw to get the corners and then had to use a rasp to fine tune the hole so the bowsprit wood fit. I would estimate that I took another 1/8" off, for the bowsprit to fit properly. As the manual said, I could not resist putting the bowsprit in and taking some pictures.

Things are coming together! I am hoping to work on things tomorrow. Probably finish up the sanding, so I can start the painting.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Tabernacle, Sanding, Rub Rail and Other

I cut out the tabernacle pieces and have covered them with fiberglass. I finished putting the 3 coats on the pieces this afternoon and will be working on putting the pieces together next. For the holes that go in for the mast and bowsprit, I marked and drilled them larger. I filled them in with epoxy and will be drilling out the final holes with my drill press.  I coated the inside parts with fiberglass and will be applying glass to the outside facing. 

Below are a couple pictures. 

Next up was sanding the entire top of the boat. I didn't do much sanding before flipping over the first time, so I had my work cut out for me. I have already done a few 3-4 hour sanding sessions. I had to quit, because my back started to hurt, but will get back to it soon. I have plenty of other tasks to do. I have to finish up sanding the bow section and then I need to do the footwell in the cockpit area. I got a pair of bluetooth headphones to listen to music and that has really helped to cure the monotonous task.

Below is a picture of the hull now. I will finish up the above mentioned work and will quickly go over with 120 grit again. I should be ready to primer coat soon.

Rub Rail
I had to sand the top of the rub rail once I turned the boat back over. I used a block plane to take the high stuff off first and then used my sander to get it ready using 80 and then 120 grit. I applied 2 coats of epoxy over the rails over the last couple of days and will wait until later to lightly sand then start to apply varnish.

I also applied a small fillet along the entire length of the rail. I noticed a couple slight cracks where I was unable to get the rails epoxied close to the hull and didn't want any water working its way behind the rails and causing damage. I did the same small fillet underneath when I had the boat flipped over.

Below shows the rails after sanding.

The couple of pictures below show the small fillets. I will need to sand them some.

On the rub rails I also had to fill some small crack between the 3 pieces. Again, I saw some small cracks and didn't want water to get down them. I applied thickened epoxy and then sanded smooth. The picture above shows one of the spots.

Port Holes
I also cut out the port hole openings.  If you look at the pictures above, you will see that. I used my dremel tool with a cutting bit. It has an adapter to make it work like a mini router. Worked pretty good. It's nice to see the final look of the boat coming out.  I am looking at different port holes other than the standard ones, but haven't made up my mind yet.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Flipped back over!

With the help of a few friends and family ( 7 including me) we flipped the boat back over. I modified the cradle to put carpet where it would touch the boat and used some heavy duty straps to hold it in place while we flipped it. Actually pushing it back over was easier than the first time. Using 2 tires, I just rolled it over gradually and it was down. We put it back on the furniture dollies so I can move it around. 20 minutes work and then beer and pizza! Well 20 minutes work with the friends. Still a fair amount of prep work to make sure everything was in place. I had to test the beer to make sure it was good!

Below is the picture of the cradle with carpet and extra 2X4 supports. 

And here she is back right side up and pushed back into the Garage.

Now for 300 hours more sanding and painting!  LOL.  Hopefully it is not that bad, but time will tell.
Its a good feeling to see back up! 

Inside Painting and Varnish Rubrails

In preparation for flipping the boat back over, I have been working on applying clear epoxy and paint to the areas that I will not be able to get too easy once I flip the boat back over. I decided to leave some of the wood natural color, since I like the looks of it.

I applied a couple of coats to the underside of the deck/cockpit seats as well as the back side panel of the cabin.

Below are a few pictures of after the applying of the clear epoxy.  These are taken with the boat upside down, so the areas may be hard to follow.

With this picture, there is an extra piece of wood going across the boat. This was my fix to the gap that was left when I installed the rear cabin wall. 

With the above picture, I had a gap that I needed to fill due to the location of the rear cabin wall and the setback panels. I have noticed on some other builds that there was a gap in length with the seat backs. When I was dry fitting, I adjusted the rear cabin wall to basically fit the length of the seat backs. In doing this the location of the rear wall went back about 1/4" resulting in a gap. The cockpit seat was sticking out into the cabin about 1/4". My fix in the picture was to install a 1/4 " piece of wood all the way across and do a small fillet. I don't think it looks bad. Almost looks like a piece of trim. I am not sure this is an error in the cutting of the wood or an error in me putting things together.

If you look closely at the pictures below, I had to run a small bead or mini fillet to fill in gaps between the panels and stringers.  Having the ceilings clear sort of hides my mistakes vs. painting. I still like the look of the natural wood and I don't think I will need to varnish them, but I may put a coat of varnish on since I am a little more comfortable with applying it now after doing some of the rubrails.

Ceiling of Cabin

Ceiling and support for tabernacle.

Rear Cabin Wall 
Next up will be flipping the boat back over!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Odds and Ends

I finished up working on the Mast for the time being. I had a couple spots that I wanted to fill with thickened epoxy and actually a small crack that I filled at the bottom of the mast. Hopefully that won't come back and haunt me. After doing that I sanded everything with 120/220 grit and should be ready for 2 coats of epoxy. With limited space in my garage for 16 feet pieces, I decided to wait a while and focus on getting the boat flipped back over.

Inside Finish
I need to finish up the inside and paint/varnish those areas that will be hard to reach. I decided instead of painting everything, I am going to us epoxy/varnish as the finish coat in some areas. Mainly the roof of the cabin and underneath the cockpit deck. I like the look of the unpainted wood. So last weekend I spent a lot of time sanding, filling holes, sanding some more and then putting a couple of coats of epoxy on. I haven't decided about a coat of varnish, but I will probably put a least a couple coats on to make it look good. I will have to see if I can get some pictures.

Rub Rails 
I did some sanding on the rub rails of the previous coats of epoxy, since they looked bad. I guess you would call it orange peel look. I remember coating them in cooler temperatures and I don't think they cured properly causing the wrinkle look. So I sanded down both sides and had to put a couple coats back on due to sanding through the epoxy. I will need to do the final sanding carefully and then put many coats of varnish one.

I will sand off the areas this weekend and hopefully get a couple coats of varnish on with the long weekend.

I bought the stoplossbags from CLC and built the little stand for it, only to find out that the kit came with a funnel and I really don't need it. Oh well, it didn't take 20 minutes and I only used scrap wood.  Maybe I will use it as my wine class holder! :-) LOL! actually I may have something here. More to come.