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Old 22-07-2015, 12:40   #1051
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

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It was a good idea at the time. Maybe you could find a place to use that piece later on. Still, your project is coming along nicely, it seems.
Pretty sure it'll get used somewhere.



While waiting on supplies I started a lil' work on the stringers. Did what I could in between rain storms.

Web log updated: M/V She:Kon: Stringers
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Old 23-07-2015, 09:43   #1052
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Little more work on the stringers.



Web log updated with more pics. M/V She:Kon: Stringers - continued
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Old 28-07-2015, 07:24   #1053
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Supplies have arrived! Back at it while I can. Humidex says it's supposed to feel like 99F today. By 10:00 it was 90F in the shed so I pulled the pin. The heat I can take. The humidity is a killer!



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Old 30-07-2015, 14:01   #1054
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

First foray into cutting metal with woodworking tools! Laid out and cut the parts for the skeg.



Circular saw worked amazingly well but it killed my jig saw!

Too friggin' hot to do any epoxy work. Hit 102 yesterday with the humidex. I was out of the shed by 10:30. Had a decent breeze so worked with my new lil' welder on some mods to the dingy trailer.

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Old 01-08-2015, 11:10   #1055
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Bit of welding this morning to finish up temporary bunks on my dingy trailer then started to lay out the thrust plate for the Python Drive.



Not much to look at right now. I have to get a 120 mm hole saw. That should be spendy! Couple of places I think I'll be able to use it later though. The clouds opened up so I had to call it quits.

Yesterday I beveled the edges of the skeg parts that'll get welded. Don't know if I did it right but it's done. I did it with my router.



Had good intentions of getting some fiberglassing done today but my back is kicking up a fuss. Dunno why that is. It's been really good for a couple of months now. Gettin' old suks!
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:43   #1056
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Hey Rick,

Ya have to remember that metal is a bit harder then wood (most of the time) and you need to slow down your cutting speeds quit a bit.

Ya can't use wood blades for metal materials. And that big ole holesaw, don't let it brake your wrist. Run it slow with a second hand grip (usually a handle that attaches on drill motors) but better done on a drill press with it clamped down. As well, use a coolant, an oil for steel and wax for aluminum.

I've found this boat build/rebuilding business can really take a toll on ones body. I've spilled enough blood on my boat that I consider it blood kin now. It has a lot of my DNA in the works. Along with a bad neck, shoulders and back with a few stitches thrown in. But in the end one can usually pat themselves on the back. It's a shame one has to wait so many years to acquire the knowledge and finances to do a build.

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Old 03-08-2015, 10:43   #1057
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Thanks for the tips Del. I'll get some wax for the saw blade when I cut aluminum. Not much left to do though. Will probably use the drill press for cutting the big hole in the python drive plate.

I managed to get some fiberglassing done on the port side bottom panels. Took me three hours to do 20' of it. Sections are about 28" which is about as far as I can reach to squeegee it all out and add the peel ply.

After 1 hour, 3 sections.



After 2 hours, 6 sections



And after 3 hours all 9 sections gooped & peelplied.



I'll finish up the port side tomorrow. I don't like working in the bow much. Gravity keeps pulling me & everything else into the bilge.

Standby...
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:47   #1058
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I got the rest of the port side done up to the bow thruster tube. I'll do the bow tomorrow with the extra heavy duty triaxial glass I have. Figured that's as good a place as any to use it up.



Half way, about an hours worth.

Finished, just in time, two hours work & temps rising! About 85F in the shed right now.



Took off a strip of peel ply to the glass I laid down yesterday. Damn near perfect I'd say!
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:18   #1059
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Checked my handiwork this morning. BUBBLES! Well one bubble and it's a doozy!



It's about 12" wide and 10" tall. Dunno what caused that. Trapped air? It wasn't hot, maybe 72 F. Frack!

Cut it out, ground back to good glass and added a patch.



Patched. I'll add another layer later for good measure.



Lotsa time to go shootin' today!
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Bubble update. I went out after about half an hour and the bubble was back! Not quite as big as before but it didn't have all day to form like the last one. I took the peel ply off thinking maybe that's trapping whatever off-gassing is going on. Rolled out the bubble and let it sit. Another half hour later.



It's back again. Same size.

Got the bubble buster out and rolled the crap out of it again!



The epoxy is at the ultra sticky consistency now so this thing should stick down. I'll keep checking every half hour.
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

I would say it's gassing. Maybe from something going on in the wood. I'd try putting a small hole up where that small bubble started back.

When I was laying in my cockpit I had several pinholes that just kept coming back with each layer (20 oz.) and the with 6oz again. I ended up using a glazing putty to fill them before painting.
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The wood must have become contaminated in that area.
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I had thought that maybe a drop of oil from the air sander may have contaminated the area. I ground it back to wood before laying in the patch. All seems good now. Just extremely weird after all the fiberglass I've put on this hull that this happened now. Hopefully it won't happen again!

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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Bow section glassed in.



How many more times do I have to do this?

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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Slacked off yesterday and got ourselves into a wee bit o'trouble on a ferry boat! Bottomed out on the loading ramps and damn near tore the exhaust off the ole' Camaro. That's the problem with a lowered car. Only 3" of ground clearance!



So to make up for slacking off yesterday I hit the shed at 9:00 and got to work ripping up peel ply and prepping the forward port side for glass.



That section is 16' long by 4' 2" wide. I figure it'll soak up about 2 gallons of epoxy and take me at least 3 hrs to wet out and peel ply. Might tackle that tomorrow, not sure yet.

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