Monthly Archives: May 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008


Not much today. Put a fill coat of epoxy on the transom in the morning and in the evening I scraped it and sanded it and then put some Quick-Fair on.


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Sunday, May 25, 2008


I spent quite a bit of time in the garage but didn’t seem to get much done. That’s how it goes sometimes. I managed to mess up the transom tape by being careless with the block plane and sliced a chunk of tape off. I decided to put another layer on as a result. Did some fairing and sanding and quite a lot of cogitating. Cameron once again helped me with the screw removal as I took the rest of the screws out of the bulkheads.

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Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2008


Friday night I taped the remaining three seams. Following a series of e-mails with Chuck I decided to only put one layer of tape on them. The taping went fairly quickly.

Saturday morning I got up early and planed the selvage edge off the tapes. Then I put another coat of epoxy on them. Saturday evening, late Saturday evening, I planed the edges some more and sanded the tapes. Then, I got going with the fairing compound and went over all three tapes.

My plan for tomorrow is to sand the fairing compound and then put some tape on the transom joints. When that is cured, I’ll put another coat of epoxy and then fair those edges. At that point in time I’ll turn the boat over, put on some gunwales (got to go lumber shopping), and do the interior filleting and glassing.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008


I put a another coat of epoxy onto the tape in the morning before going to work…this to fill the weave.

While at work, Patty called and asked if I was interested in taking the boys out of school and going up to Iroquois Lake where we bought a lot over the winter to build a cabin on. I thought that was a great idea and headed home before 1.

We had a great day up at the lake(s). We got to see our lot uncovered by snow, walked around the village, met a couple of our lake neighbours, scared a Canada Goose off her nest and went wading in the lake.

On the way home from Iroquois we took a different route that took us to Emerald Lake, the lake where my family had a cabin while I was growing up and which is still one of my favourite places on earth.

They have a floating dock on the main beach and Hunter had to get out to the dock so he took off his pants and waded in wearing his underwear and t-shirt….remember that the ice just melted in these lakes about a week to 10 days ago…they are frigid!!! Before long, he had the t-shirt off as well and was running and jumping into the water…

Good frigid Canadian fun!!!

When we got home I spent some more time on the boat. Following Chuck Leinweber’s suggestion in an e-mail, I used my cabinet scraper to scrape down the bulge from the selvage edge on the tape. That worked pretty good but I decided to try my block plane…I have a Stanley block plane with an adjustable mouth with a razor sharp iron in it that I haven’t used much on this project. It was the ticket, cutting off fine shavings of epoxy and tape. I used it on the selvage edges from both tapes which resulted in me cutting through a layer of tape and leaving a strip of tape unattached to anything meaningful but decided it would be easier to fill the gap that fair over the bulge from the selvage edge. (I will be doing things differently on all my subsequent edges)

After that was done I got out the System Three Fairing Compound I bought from Chuck a while ago. That stuff is just the bomb! Mixes up so easily and is smooth and sag-free. I went over the seam the complete length of the boat and it looks great. Super stuff!

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Wednesday May 21, 2008


Tonight was the night I figured I would get all the bottom seams taped and epoxied.


First, I went around using the plane, sanding block and cabinet scraper to smooth off the places where I had filled holes, fixed my mistake on the transom and so on.

I was nearly done when I was taking a few swipes with the plane on one of the bilge panels. I forgot a cardinal rule of using a hand plane…don’t plane to the edge of an unsupported board…I took a big chip out of the side panel so I had to mix up more epoxy and glue it back in place.

I finally was ready to start taping the long seams. Pretty nervous but organized everything and got started….masked off 3 inches below the side panel/bilge panel seam and covered the side with saran wrap attached to the masking tape. (This was a good idea as I got lots of runs of unthickened epoxy.)

Then, I mixed up some epoxy and started brushing it onto the seam. Had just enough to do the seam. Grabbed the roll of precut tape for the seam and laid it into the epoxy, trying to keep tension and keep the tape edge straight. Started brushing in epoxy. Ran out. Laid the rest of the tape into the epoxy on the seam and mixed up more epoxy. Brushed it on. Tried using a squeegee to help saturate the tape, tried brushing the tape, tried using the fiberglass roller. Finally got the tape looking pretty good.

Decided to put the second layer on right away. Mixed up some more goop. Laid the tape onto the first tape trying to keep the edge straight. I put the selvage edges into the centre so that the flatter edges are on the outside. Pressed the tape down, brushed on epoxy, used the squeegee, the roller and my fingers trying to get rid of a row of small bubbles that formed under the top tape along the selvage edge of the first tape. I think I am going to have to live with them.

By the time I was done it was too late to start another seam. So much for doing all of them!! Once again, things took longer than I thought they would. I think I will ask and see if people put the second layer of tape on right away or if they wait until the first layer has had a chance to set up somewhat. With all the work I did trying to get the bubbles out the edges of the tape are pretty uneven. I assume that they will get covered with fairing compound but they don’t look very professional right now. As long as they hold the boat together I guess.

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Tuesday May 20, 2008


I didn’t do too much tonight.

Cameron came out and helped me by crawling under the boat and removing all the masking tape along the seams and then he was put to work removing some of the screws that will be in the way when I start glassing the seams.

I cleaned off the bottom and bilge panels hanging over the transom. I got a bit carried away trying to saw the transom off with one of my japanese saws and cut into the transom. That required filling. After I finished planing everything down it was apparent that the epoxy I tried to force in along the bottom joint had left a gap about 1/8 of an inch deep. So, I mixed up some epoxy, painted it and then thickened it and filed the gap. Before doing so I used the Japanese saw to rough up the gap. Went around and filled nail holes, etc. while I had the epoxy handy.

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It’s Coming Along!


Today I planed down all the seams, filled the gaps where I had used plastic twist ties and crawled and contortioned under the back and filled the joint between the transom, bilge panels and bottom with epoxy and then thickened epoxy.

I started early after getting a phone call from an old friend in the morning. I started planing down the bottom to meet up with the bilge panel…heavy going. After a while I dug into my plane drawer and pulled out my largest plane… a 5 1/2 Stanley/Bailey jackplane. Fifteen inches of heavy steel. I got a workout again today but this tool definitely made it easier!

I also used some 60 grit paper made by Norton that I picked up from Lee Valley a couple of days ago. They gave it quite the sales pitch in their catalog and I have to say it was worth it…this stuff really cut well and didn’t load up at all….just like they said it would!

After getting everything planed and sanded down to where I wanted it I filled the gaps with straight epoxy to soak in and then ziploc bagged the thick stuff into the gaps. I put masking tape above and below the gaps and it helped keep the mess fairly local when I smoothed out the filler. I screwed a screw into the plastic tie hole to hold a rope with some weight and then added a toolbox for good measure….

After that was done, I cut out some fiberglass tapes to cover the seams as I was considering getting started on doing these long seams. As it turned out, once Patty and the boys returned from the weekend at Patty’s sister in Tisdale I didn’t have time. So, I epoxied the back joints where the transom joins the bilge panels and bottom. That ziploc bag trick just works like a charm!

I think that my next steps will be to cut the bilge panels and bottom so that they make a smooth joint with the transom and then I will do the taping when I have a few hours available. In the meantime I will work on the tapering of the rudder and leeboard.

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