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MicroBootlegger


A modern interpretation of double paddle canoe

Glassing the Interior of the Coaming

To this point I have only glassed the outside of the coaming. Now that I have applied carbon fiber to the interior of the hul I can proceed to glassing the other side of the coaming.

Smoothing the Deck Interior

Unlike the outside where sanding is easy, the inside can be harder to to smooth. I find scrapers are the easiest way to deal with the concave surfaces.

Fiberglassing the exterior of the Coaming

After installing the riser, I glassed the outside, reinforcing the coaming and securely attaching it to the deck. The riser was initially installed using hot-melt glue which is not particularly strong.

Fairing and Glassing the Deck

This largely time-lapse video starts out with scraping and proceeds through sanding to glassing and finishing with a fill coat.

Installing a Center Accent Line on the Deck

I want a light colored accent strip running down the center line of the foredeck. Depending on how the strips line up at the bow, his strip may be fitted in to existing strips or the strips will need to fit in against this strip. I ended up with one of each type on the boats I am building.

Fiberglassing the Hull

This video shows the fiberglassing of the hull of the microBootlegger. I'm applying one layer of 4 ounce E-glass with a coat of epoxy resin. After the wet-out coat of epoxy starts to set up I apply a thin fill coat.

Sanding the Hull

If you are careful gluing up your strips, the sanding can go quite quickly. My process here was:

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The prototype microBootlegger on Diamond Lake in Glastonbury, CT

Mahogony microBootlegger Kayak Model

Mahogony microBootlegger Kayak Model

An 18" model of the microBootlegger double paddle canoe carved from Mahogany and Maple with a Mahogany veneer coaming, mounted on a piece of Manzanita root.

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