I'll be posting more photos here when I get back from our vacation on the Erie Canal.
Back from vacation and we had a great time. The people at Mid-Lakes Navagation gave us a nice canal boat in great
condition and the trip was relaxing with lots of good places to eat on the canal.
We got a lot done in the last 4 days. All the plywood is now on the hull. The second layer of 3/4 on the bottom
used a lot of epoxy. We are filling all the screw holes with epoxy and sanding everything down in preperation for the xynole
cloth. I will make the outer stem this week while we wait for Defender to ship the cloth. Lots of good comments
on our progress. I am borrowing the digital camera from my Dad to take the pictures you see here so hopefully I'll post
in the next day or two.
Work on the stem this weekend. Filled all the screw holes in the bottom with epoxy but we still lack the holes
on the sides. Also worked on the joints between the panels on the sides. There is quite a bit of fairing to do
but it should pay off later. If I had to do it all over again I would suggest scarphing the plywood so as to avoid this
step. Also, there is a LOT of sanding to be done on a boat this size. Debbie is getting very good with the orbital sander.
Good News!! Defender finally delivered the Xynole cloth to cover the hull. This cloth is stronger than fiberglass
cloth and not as hazardous to the boatbuilder. Now all I need is a little more sanding time. We will be glad when the hull
is done an we get a break from mixing large batches of epoxy.
Note: We used 10 gallons of epoxy to get the hull done with the first layer of plywood on the bottom and sides.
We used 10 gallons more on the second layer of plywood on the bottom alone