Time will tell
Ain’t that always the truth?
Here is the finished skin: all sewn up and coated. Still need to set up deck rigging but thats easy compared to what you’ve already seen.
This coating is either going to prove my doubts or exceed my woldest dreams for it. I don’t think it will have a middle ground. Part of me is tempted to hold off on the rigging until a maiden float, but I really like having a spare paddle and recovery float available, especially during this time of year when the water is witches teat cold. I have no desire to swim, and now that I have a roll,,,
First time out is tentative Monday 17th. Depending on how that goes, I either live with what you see or I cut my losses, cut that skin off and start over, (but I will definitely hold off until I have materials IN HAND, this time) and I’ll admit, I DON’T want to do that last: too much hard earned lucre involved.
On a side note, looking at the boat in the cradle last night, I was thinking I could use what is there as a form for a full on glass boat. Wax the ever loving crap out of the hull and lay up three layers of glass, then flip and do the same for the decks. There’d be some playing with things like bondo to smooth over stitched seams and other rough areas that would be awkward to deal with, but the option IS there. (And I’d get my cargo areas doing that method) and I could pull that hard deck off and use it for the glass version,,,
No, I haven’t written it off, just looking forward at options. And its all a learning curve (or a series of switchbacks on a NC backroad through the mountains in my case)
The only real downside to all of this: this time of year is tight. We’re talking diamond forming tight. I watch the pennies this time of year, and these projects aren’t ‘free’, not by a long shot. But that’s part and parcel of my drive; “How can I do a $100 job for $5?” And then spend extra time figuring out where to get that $5,,, That approach is why I have knowledge of so many different skills: woodworking, metal working, metal casting, machining, electronics, etc etc etc.