A Tender for my Keelboat
DAY 14 of building the Apple Pie
This morning I made Gavin Atkins blog page, "In the Boat Shed", with my Apple Pie Dinghy build!
Spent a half day shaping the knees to make sure they match the gunwales, rounding the gunwales, sanding the inside of the daggerboard case and mast spot, and filling any spot that needed it. In particular on the outside underside of the 4 corners where the gunwales meet the front and back insert. Because of the various angles there was not a perfect matching of surfaces.
In the end I have a pleasing curve and that is good enough.
The whole interior gets a sanding to get rid of any drips or large bumps. When I applied the fiberglass on the inside I not only had to work very fast, but I had to make some cuts in the glass to fit it because of the various angles and curves. Mostly I ended up with overlaps.
This is where I pay for these cuts and overlaps and have to do extra sanding. One spot had a small gap. I should not have worried much but I fret about things like that, so I put a patch overlapping the gap. I was afraid that this would cause a weak spot on the side that could break if the boat was put on it's side roughly. My reason tells me it's a non issue, the worrier says, fix it. I used fast hardener and was able to put 2 layers of resin over the patch very quickly because it was very warm. We continue to have strong wind warning so I don't mind not sailing.
Interior gets a final coat of epoxy. This is a total of 3 except for the middle seat top that has 2 only. The colour is very pleasing. I'm used to meranti plywood that is blander.
It's a shame to paint it but I've left markings. It would also take much more sanding to get to varnish stage rather than primer-paint. It's very hot and I only worked a half day. Left the boat to harden enough to sand.
Had a glorious sail this morning. They said 10 knots in the morning getting calm early afternoon, so I scooted down and took the Tanzer 22 out for the first time this year.
Back to the Apple Pie pram, It's really hard to make sanding interesting. The epoxy is hard after a night setting. I'm using quite coarse paper, 80 grit. I have to be careful not to damage the surface but it's faster.
Continuing to sand.
All that could be sanded with the Makita random orbital sander has been sanded. I did not do the floor perfectly because I plan to apply a non slip textured finish and it would be a wasted effort.
Wiped the boat with a damp cloth after vacuuming. I'm now sanding with the Dremel multitool. I picked one up in Home Depot on sales. So far it's been useful. It can reach in the corners and under the knees. The corners are still rough but the flat surfaces are good enough to prime.
I think the neighbours are getting a posse together. I've been sanding all afternoon. I'm lucky that at least 2 neighbours are actually doing some work outside and I blend in with my sanding noise. I could work in the garage but it's dark and gloomy in there.
When I applied the epoxy, I also put a coat on the bottom of the mast where I had applied some fiberglass. During a break I sanded the spars again. I brought my short oars from the boat to give them a coat of varnish. It would not do to use nasty scratched oars on a new tender. There must be a tradition somewhere that says it's bad luck.
As far as I can see, I'm seeing the light out the tunnel. Some sanding in the corners, some sanding under the knees, then, primer and paint. I think I will varnish the gunwales just to have a bit of wood showing.
I guess I need a coat of paint on the rudder as well. It's sanded though. The boat's weight is now 80 pounds. I don't suppose it will be more than 85 pounds with hardware and paint. I measured before sanding. The 3 closed in seats flotation chambers add weight. Meranti plywood is quite heavy. I built my Skerry using Mokume and it turned out just over 100 pounds.
Today I have worked about 6 hours on the boat. This brings the total to 102 hours.
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