Thanks for the comment from Ken-Always-The-Wag on the paint. Why do I encourage him?? Also thanks to good ol' Tom for suggesting that we use real boat paint. Now I have to address that (crap!) . First off, real boat paint costs real lots of money. Real boat paint requires real lots of time to prepare the fairing and surface. Real boat paint is nigh onto impossible to fix when we hit something (and we will). We were sliding a beam in this week a bit over zealously and banged the paint. A quick dab of paint will protect it. This boat is repairable without extensive resources.
This is the Mirror dinghy, which uses real boat paint. After a sail, I tried to slop some paint on it, but it needs preparation and time. With house paint, water based, a little sanding, a little paint and it's good: repairable.
This is a bit of gunwale where the epoxy (damn fussy stuff) did not adhere and Ben peeled it off.
So he sanded it down.
Epoxied on some glass and will prime and paint next week. So, on to glues..........
We mix e-pox-e in a myriad of mixing containers in a ratio of two parts resin to one part catalyst. Pouring from a gallon bottle, ben has managed to mix as little as 3 drams! What's a dram? Three dollops, I think.
The epoxy is applied by whatever the situation calls for: brush, syringe, cotton swab.........
Even rollers and trowelled on with a scraper. Two friggin' coats! Plus the damnable stuff has to be thickened, pampered and enhanced with additives.
Powders and enhancers. Pixie dust is behind the containers.
The venerable oak and teak epoxy (oakpoxy) mixed 1:1, just to keep us confused!
This encrusted chunk of wood holds the smaller cups and keeps them upright under the adversity of Texas winds and kickovers (don't ask!) We needed some oak for blocks that had to be thicker. I decided to face glue two boards together rather than use one thick board. One board behaves as one board. Two separate boards counteract the eccentricities of the other (like marriage).
Being a hater of epoxy, I faceglued these with...............................
Titebond III wood glue. As long as it's above the waterline and protected, It'll work. They will be coated with epoxy and paint. A lot less muss and fuss.
And E6000 for.
Gluing shoes! One of the two face glued boards ended up as.
Mast case cheeks that stick out and hold the anchor. You will get the picture later in the build. I hope that you get it. I hope that I will get it! What else this week.......Oooo, Ooo. yeah, yeah
After only one season of Texas sun the wood on Ben's boat was stripped. That's epoxy and varnish. This is called brightwork on a boat. We have learned that if you have it on a boat you're not bright! So................
He sanded it all back down and painted it (wax on....wax off..............attention span wanes).
Painted up! Those aforementioned face glued boards also were for friggin' lugs (flugs).
These are screwed and glued to various beams to support stuff like motor wells and swim ladders and such. I made twelve of them plus four lashing support blocks. Before we glued them on.........
we had to drill holes to support the motor wells. We had to locate the holes.
First in the motor wells.......
Then in the corresponding flugs. Sloppy Deum! A few more swim ladder holes, then the big glue up. I still have to make 6 more lashing support blocks.
Budge and Ben did mysterious things around the pod area.
They made sticks
and glued them in..........
They made flat things.
and glued them to the sticks....
They made more flat things..............didn't get them glued.
Some of this...........................
Some of that....... It's amazing how many teeny details a construction entails.
These will be hinged pod seats. So, another week shot. I hope you two readers appreciate (oh, hell....understand) this week's posting. It takes a couple hours to transcribe the meaningless meanderings to a semblance of coherent thought. I have to cease; I'm out of whiskey......
"Nother sing along.
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