10/3/21 – Keelson is attached
Keelson is going on first thing this morning
I suppose one could argue that the first part of the hull is attached properly now. The keelson is what mates the keel to the rest of hull. I unclamped everything before my first coffee of the day and did a quick sand to level the caps where needed. A bit of sanding of the inside edges of the keelson was needed before being able to safely slide it down over the centerboard box and the rest of the keel. Thickened epoxy was mixed up and it was the first time I used a pastry bag to spread across the surfaces followed by a brush before mating.
Onwards to finishing up the Centerboard
While the keelson cures I’m going to route out the centerboard for epoxy fortification since I live on a rocky coast.
Once that is done I’ll start pre-coating the allowed and recommended pieces for the hull with glass and epoxy. I’m hoping to drop a lot of the wood in the pallet stack into smaller pieces and get those stored up on the racks where possible. Once I clear that space I’ll assemble the cradle. That will mean that we have officially reached the end of Chapter 1!