11/14/21 – Weekend of progress
Saturday was spent finishing up the inner glass application for the lower hull, particularly in that cramped bow section. I still have a few areas for more epoxy coats but wanted to wait until I got to the cleat installs.
I did a few extra coats of epoxy with fast hardener before calling it a night.
I started out Sunday early with a few extra coats of epoxy in the bow compartment and added the last tape for reinforcement. It was time to start rounding over the cleats and cutting them to size.
It was sunny enough I rolled the work table out with the router on it and got to work.
It really feels like progress this weekend and I am happy to be making sawdust instead of just fiberglass and epoxy dust.
I did grab a pic after the clamps were removed and put some of the pieces back temporarily.
Made a mistake
I was so focused on the forward floor support areas I spanned the space for the rear section on the transom. I was called out on it on the PocketShip forum and immediately went to resolve that issue. I wanted to get more stuff done for the day and rushed when the mind was not fresh. A quick round with a Japanese pull saw and a sharp chisel with mallet took care of my mistake. There will be a little sanding of the epoxy and a quick touch up coat but no wood was damaged.
I mention beer brewing quite often as either a delay in my work progress. Our lovely neighbors gifted me with a custom tap this evening. The tap is now designated for my Mocha stout as that was one of my first fully custom recipes. It is wood which works well with the entire theme of the year. I will have to commission a custom tap in the shape of the PocketShip and create a new brew to go with it for launch.
Checking to see if your comments work now!
Looking good so far!