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Old 08-25-2015, 11:06 AM   #361
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Son of a Bubble!



Fixed that lil' b*stard! Sat there and watched it growing from about 3" across to 6" before I nailed it with the bubble buster.



Got the glass for the transom laid up and trimmed but the carpal tunnel syndrome kicked up again. My hands are Sore! Sore! Sore!

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Old 08-25-2015, 08:09 PM   #362
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:56 AM   #363
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Done! First layer on the inside, DONE! I can't believe it's taken me months & months to get this done. Sheez I must be a lazy bastard! Finished up the transom today to complete the first layer.



Added extra 17 oz tape where the designer was concerned about the small overlaps in fabrics. I'll do the same on the chine where they're a little thin as well.



The complex shape of the transom and the transition to the side & bottoms makes it a wee bit harder to wet out the fabric. You can see the three darts I had to cut in the bottom part of the fiberglass to get it to conform to the shape properly. Took a lot of tuggin & squeegeeing to get it into shape. I'll go out later and check for bubbles!

So the next step is to sand it all down, stem to stern, keel to gunnels then lay in the 0/90 fabric. Hopefully that'll go faster.

Standby.... There's a bottle of Cap'n Morgan's calling my name!
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:54 AM   #364
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Awesome! Everything laid in and wetted out by a craftsman who cares and scrutinized every square inch of the job. You can't get any better than that for quality control!! Keep up the great work!!


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Been where you are. Starting building a 33 foot offshore deep vee cuddy cabin from the ground up including all the tooling. Before the project was finished it encountered Katrina.


Have you ever thought about doing some kind of vacuum bagging or SCRIMP process to help speed things along? Since you are working alone it might make things easier in the long run. Just a thought.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:53 AM   #367
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Have you ever thought about doing some kind of vacuum bag or SCRIMP process to help speed things along? Since you are working alone it might make things easier in the long run. Just a thought.
Oh yeah, I had thought of that Cap'n Jon, a lot. I have the equipment for it. As it turned out a vacuum bag for a boat this size is horrendously expensive. The alternative was to make one from smaller sections. It would be hard enough trying to get a full vacuum seal on a single piece bag let alone one made up of multiple parts.

The other aspect is the cost of consumables that get thrown away at the end of the process that concerns me. I would be tossing about $1500 in plastics away at the end. Bag, peel ply, breather/bleeder, feed lines, spiral wrap etc.

Plus it takes guts or at least the advantage of doing it first on someone else's boat at their expense! I was a bit afraid of having to switch resin systems to get an infusion variety. Something I wasn't familiar with the characteristics. Guess what I'm saying is it doesn't make much sense on a 1-off project.

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Old 08-26-2015, 09:23 PM   #368
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I understand that.When I was making motorcycle parts from composite,I would get about three parts and have ditch $150 in plastic,bleeder,hoses,and such.The project didn't work out.Just to break even I had to over charge for the parts.The little man inside me said nope,this is wrong.I maybe could do it now, but I just don't have the desire to make race parts.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:44 PM   #369
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So as they say, no rest for the weary, hit the shed around 9'ish this morning and got to work on the box keel.



Just a lot of sanding to clean up the 'Fiber Fangs', fabric edges & spills that ended up in the bottom of the keel. I lasted about 4 hours on the sanders till my hands gave out. Back to the grog for relief!

Web log updated with another 'Sandinsanity' video for all you sicko's out there!

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Keep at it Rick, your doing great! Pretty soon the stringers, then bulkheads.....sure hope the grog or the Liver lasts, LOL!
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:40 AM   #371
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Had to take a few days off to rest the hands. They're still a bit sore but pushing through it. The Rum doesn't seem to be helping anymore!

Spent a few hours on the sanders this morning feather fabric egdes etc. to get the box keel ready for the next layer of glass.



Much lighter material but just has hard to work with. The slightest touch and it wrinkles. No way to get it into shape until you're wetting it out and letting the squeegee get it to where you want it to go. That'll happen tomorrow.



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Three hours of sanding is all I had in me today. Worked on the bow section and down the sides.



That was after about 2 hours sanding. I know not much to show for 3 hrs labor. Web log updated: http://she-kon.blogspot.ca/2015/09/peel ... nding.html

Takin' tomorrow off to go plinkin'!

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Arghhhh. She's starting to feel a little salty !!


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Old 09-04-2015, 11:07 AM   #375
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Arghhhh. She's starting to feel a little salty!!

Arghhhh. She's starting to feel a little dusty!!

Broke out the 8" High Speed Spinning Wheel of Death & Destruction. I couldn't find any aggressive grit discs and had to settle for an 80 grit. It worked fine.



I whipped across the bottom panel in about 45 mins. It's a bit of a beast to control with carpal tunnel in both hands. On the flat bottom panel I could lean on it a bit. On the vertical sides it wasn't so easy. I got the upper half of them done with the 8" and I'll finish them off this afternoon with the 6" RO.

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I don't know what your neighbors would think but if you could duct that fan to the outside it would be a little less dusty inside. Grinding glass inside a close environment sucks!
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I don't know what your neighbors would think but if you could duct that fan to the outside it would be a little less dusty inside. Grinding glass inside a close environment sucks!
I've got one in the peak that takes some of it out. The rest usually finds the floor of the shed. I think grinding glass in any environment sucks! Just have to keep telling myself it'll all be over soon!

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Rick, we had in the shop a turbo fan with a long 6" suction hose (like dryer vent hose). If I get by there next week I'll take a picture. We put the fan outside the work area and the end of the suction hose next to the work. It removed at least 85% of the dust while grinding. The more comfortable you make the work environment the longer you can work and thusly get the project completed faster.
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Rick, we had in the shop a turbo fan with a long 6" suction hose (like dryer vent hose). If I get by there next week I'll take a picture. We put the fan outside the work area and the end of the suction hose next to the work. It removed at least 85% of the dust while grinding. The more comfortable you make the work environment the longer you can work and thusly get the project completed faster.
Thanks Jon

I'd have to find a place to send it to I'd try your solution. Got neighbors on three sides who probably wouldn't appreciate the dust getting in their stuff! I originally had dust collection thing but it didn't work out too well. The sanding dust was just too fine for it to catch. Would likely need something small like a Hepa Filter.

I find using the fan helps keep it off of me till I can vacuum it up. That's the best solution I've found so far.

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Just have to keep telling myself it'll all be over soon!

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