We had a wonderful family reunion this weekend with 72 in attendance. Found some old pictures of my Grandfather's 36'
wooden power boat. Seems they did a family trip from Ohio to South Florida in the 1940's before it was a popular (and easy)
trip. I guess I have inherited this wooden boat bug.
We did a little sanding and finished taping the port chine a second time. We also got the third coat of epoxy on the
port side. I put a second layer of xynole on the bottom bow section about 4 feet back from the stem for added protection
since this will be the first thing to hit the beach. More sanding to be done this week.
Things are shaping up. I put the last coat of epoxy and filler on the bottom of the hull in preperation for the
epoxy/copper bottom coating. I am probably spending too much time and money on the bottom but if it gets another knot because
of the extra work it will be worth it. Cool weather has set in and we will spend this weekend getting as close to painting
as possible. I'll put up some new pictures as soon as I have something to take a picture of. This part of boatbuilding
is not very photogenic. The epoxy is clear and unless you get very close you really don't see any change. Keep checking back
Spent the weekend getting the skegs glued up but I'm not happy with the result and may remake them this week. You can
see in the picture where I set them on the hull to see how they look. I think I will beef them up a bit just in case
the boat has to sit on them when it dries out. We also put on the epoxy/microballoon mixture to fair the hull. The bottom
is almost completly sanded and ready for the bottom paint.
Finally got the skegs on the bottom of the hull. We spent the weekend sanding, again. The skegs turned out better
than I expected. I'm good with right angles and such but the skegs are more abstract. Get one like you want and then try to
make the other one look the same. If the second one looks better then you rework the first one to look like the second one,
and so on........ I think they are almost the same now. Because the boat will sit on them at low tide I made them very
sturdy. 2x10 yellow pine, ripped and stack laminated worked fine. I lack a little sanding and they will be ready to bottom
paint. Check out the pictures on this page.
Finally, the bottom is done and the epoxy/copper was applied over the weekend. I still have to wet sand but from initial
tests the bottom will end up glass smooth after we wet sand. The color is copper as predicted. I didn't know if I would like
the color but it is very pleasent. One side is almost ready for paint. I expect the paint to arrive any day now.
We will be going with Interlux Old Hatteras off white for the sides. I suspect there are less expensive paints but I really
like that color. There are over 200 different shades of white last I checked! I will be fishing the US Open King Mackeral
Tournament this weekend at the coast so the boat will wait till next week. If we catch the big fish I will be able to pay
for the whole boat project! Odds are 1 in 525.......