another one bites the dust

There are couple of reasons for the slower than usual updates. With the cooler fall weather and the darkening evenings I’ve stopped putting in evenings on the boat. Also, I’ve been sanding for the last few visits. There are few things less exciting than sanding but blogging about sanding has to be one of them. (You tell me, how does reading about sanding rank?)

A couple of weeks ago I finished glassing the deck. The plans secify using a 6oz cloth to sheath the topside and I am really happy with how it turned out. I found the lighter weight cloth a bit easier to work with – it probably helps that it was lying mostly flat. I expect fairing it should be a relatively painless undertaking, though I’m sure I’ll find some way to complicate the process.

Something I’m not thrilled about is the stiffness of the deck. In a couple of areas it is quite spongy. I had been planning to add strengthening backings to the various deck-mounted hardware I’ll be installing but now I’m thinking about also installing a layer of ply from below between the deck framing. Doing it again I’d be tempted to either deck the boat with thicker ply or use two layers of the specified thickness.

The deck on the VG23 drops slightly beneath the sheer line going forward which means that without some form of scupper the deck will hold a small amount of water. You’d think this wouldn’t be much of a concern right now considering I’m building inside. Not so. Depending on the direction and force of the wind and amount of rainfall there are a number of small leaks in the roof of the barn. We had a fair amount of rain this past week so on the weekend there was a small puddle waiting for me on deck. Though, I’m actually happy it happened – now I’ll know to be wary of it when I wrap the boat for the winter.

Have I mentioned that I’m a big fan of sanding? I’ve begun “cleaning” things up below decks. Starting in the forward berth I’ve been sanding all the rough framing and removing any of the excess epoxy putty that dripped or squeezed out as the members were being installed. It’s awkward, dusty, thirsty work. It also proved too much for my sander. To be honest, when it finally died I actually felt a bit of satisfaction – like I’d vanquished an adversary. (That lasted until the trip to Canadian Tire to pick up a replacment).

6 Responses

  1. Rich Leonard says:

    October 27, 2005 at 1:26 pm

    When I filled the weave of the 6 oz. cloth on the bottom of my V12, I used a grout float to spread the epoxy mixed with microballoons. It was suggested by another builder and it was much easier than using a squeegee. The URL above gives a bit more detail, including the mix proportions I used.

    Great job you’re doing!


  2. andrew says:

    October 27, 2005 at 7:30 pm

    Hey, great idea, I’m going to give that a try.

    You have some fantastic tips on your site Rich. And that’s a beautiful boat you’ve built. You should be proud.

  3. Steve says:

    October 28, 2005 at 9:40 am

    Any more pictures? May I suggest that you always put a ruler or yard stick in your photo’s so that we can judge proportions.

  4. andrew says:

    October 28, 2005 at 5:51 pm

    I’ll try to take a couple snaps this weekend Steve. Good thought on the ruler.

  5. Dave says:

    November 21, 2005 at 6:11 pm

    Find one of those miniature rulers that came with the “Handy Andy” tools sets like I got for Christmas 40 years ago. It’ll look like you’re recreating HMS Victory.

  6. andrew says:

    November 21, 2005 at 8:03 pm

    There’ve been a few days when I would’ve been better off using one of those sets Dave. Now I know what to put in my letter to Santa.

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