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After the decking is installed the boat is turned over.
All of the stitching is
removed. It is then coated with epoxy resin and all of the seams are fiber
glassed with 2 layers. Then it is leveled out with resin putty. After sanding,
the entire hull is covered with fiberglass cloth and epoxy is "squeegeed"
into the fiberglass weave. I was a little nervous about doing this but with the
help of a couple of my friends, it came out great. After drying, 2 more layers
of epoxy are added. This process is taking much longer than expected due to the
weather. There are very few days above 70 degrees now. This is the minimum
temperature needed for the epoxy to cure. I have to put heaters in the makeshift
tent that I have built to achieve the temperature. After many, many, many hours
of sanding it was finally smooth. What a pain! I must say that this was the
least enjoyable part so far.
Hull Fiber glassed
It is now Dec. 27th and I am finally ready to paint the bottom. There is only one problem, it's raining! My goal, when I started, was to have the boat turned back over by New Years but I don't think that I will make it. With the help of my friend John, we finally put the first coat of paint on Dec. 29, 2001. We used Trilux Bottom Paint 5498 White.