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Cutting the Cockpit Recess

I like to put what I call a "recess" around the cockpit. On some boats, like these microBootleggers, the recess is not all that recessed, i.e. the coaming is not actually set down below the deck much. But, this recess does make the coaming a little lower than it would otherwise be.

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.

The Cotton Swab Test

When is the best time to apply the next coat of resin? It all depends. But if your schedule allows, you will get the strongest bond when the prior coat is not yet cured.

Removing White Lines

Sometimes when you are using carpenters glue between strips, you will end up with white glue lines. These lines are typically due to the glue being too cold as it dried.

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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