Category «Techniques»

Back To The Boat

Let this serve as the BEFORE picture. It is of the port side forward salon. Both it and the starboard side are some of the few “internal framing” areas left requiring glass tabbing to the hull. With the weather getting warmer, conditions will be good for glasswork soon. This weekend will be spent templating and/or …

Rudder Infusion: The Movie

As promised, here is the video of the rudder infusion done last weekend. Total infusion time was about 90 minutes. The video was edited down to about 25 minutes real time (removed all the boring bits). Then it was compressed into 4 minutes. Included are titles pointing out things of interest. The dork in the …

Rudder Infusion Coming This Week

This will be a big step, that has been delayed by a few things. A two week vacation for one. Cut the final layer of CSM glass and peel ply last night. Next couple nights will see the flow medium cut and bag fitted. Target date for infusion is Saturday morning, before it gets warm. …

Fiberglass Tank Fabrication Part II

Did some more work on the tank this weekend. The edges of the tank were faired with compound, sanded smooth, then painted with epoxy to give a slick surface. Then, glass was cut and fitted. Two layers of glass. Also, “bulking material”, was added in each panel. This material is a spongy sort of material …

Fiberglass Tank Fabrication Part I

The space we have planned for holding tank for the forward head is somewhat of an odd shape. Vendors like Ronco Plastics have all sorts of polypropylene tanks in various shapes and sizes, but they don’t have anything that comes close to this. So I decided to try my hand at fiberglass tank construction. There …

The goods…

Despite the weather and other distractions. A few things did get done on the Westsail. Most of the floor timbers for the aft section have been laminated using vacuum infusion. See picture. Once all are done, they will be ready for permanent install. So, during this time we have also install the mountings for the …