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I'm applying two different sort of fill coats in this video. One is quite light and the other is heavier. The hull will eventually get another layer of fiberglass, after I have joined the deck in place.
At the start of the day I went into the shop and turned the heat up to 80° F (27° C) and made sure the lamp I keep on my epoxy to keep it warm was turned on. This assures the epoxy flows easily.
I rolled the cloth out on the boat about an hour before I started glassing. I could have done it earlier, but I did want to give it some time to warm up to room temperature.
I posted a long article about staining about a week ago, and here is some video to accompany it.
I'm using the Behlens Solar-Lux dye (Cordovan Mahogany), but I wanted to keep the added color a little light so I thinned the stain heavily with denatured alcohol.
Here is where you start to see the beauty of the wood. The drips of glue get scraped off, the angles between strips get planed down and the wood gets sanded.
What could be better than an August day in Maine? Lots of boats, in August, in Maine. This show has something for everyone with fine yachts, fine art, and fine homes. There will also be some fine kayaks. I'll bring a passel of boats to show.
Kayak Builders Gathering
This annual gathering of kayak builders and people interested in home-built kayaks has been going for over 10 years. People drive from all around the North East to see what people have made over the winter. This is a good chance to see finished boats in person. The other boat builders are often kind enough to allow you to sit in and paddle the boats they built, giving you a chance to test before you build.
Location: Bluff Point State Park, Groton, CT
This show is the first hint of spring sparking dreams of the upcoming boating season. With an awesome selection of fine boats, this is not your average consumer boat show. I have yet to see any glitter gelcoat or the slightest hint of an over-powered bass boat, these are boats built by craftsmen dedicated to their craft.
If you have a wooden kayak, you really need a wooden paddle. In this 5 evening class students will build their own laminated wood kayak paddle. The paddle can be feathered or unfeathered. We will glue up the wood, cut the blade pieces, glue them to the shaft and shape the blades.