I have been taking some heat as of late for not posting any progress on the boat. Properly chastised, I am back at it. I’ll finish up the Texas 200 later, for now here you go Tricia!
Going back a few posts you may remember that I ran out of wood for the planking. Since I was out of wood (the sailboat fund is currently low) and I have been dodging it for a while, I figured it was time to catch up on some of the less pleasant work.
Sanding is fun, sanding is therapeutic. Keep telling yourself that over and over. Idle Hands is made of marine plywood and this type of construction has you coat all of the wood inside and out with epoxy. The epoxy soaks into the wood and prevents water from getting to the fibers of the wood. Before you epoxy coat, it’s best to sand off all of the glue goobers and fill any mistakes you have made during construction if you want a good finish. After the epoxy is cured you sand it again, prime, sand again, paint, wet sand, and then you are done. Right now I am just sanding the interior and getting the epoxy on the wood. I am only planning on painting one area now. I’ll save the rest of the painting until I am ready to put the floorboards/seats down.
One thing that you have to do before you fit the last plank on the sides is to fit the anchor well floor. This panel closes out the very front of the boat and acts as the floor of the anchor well. This is an exciting time because it is the first piece of the boat that is going to be closed out forever. I took my time in this area because I never want to dig down this far again. It was the usual process of fill, sand, epoxy coat, sand, primer coat, sand, bilge paint, NO SANDING!
With one last check to make sure there was nothing left to do I gave myself the OK to close and glued her down.
For now that is how she sits. I have it in the back of my mind to flip the boat over this fall. I still have to finish planking, make the rudder and rudder head, fit the king plank, and a few other things before I flip it so I guess I had better get to work.
Until next time.