May 2010 - Chapelle 35' Utility Launch

It's been awhile since I posted anything. Lot's of work has happened over the last few months.

First of all, I put up a new tent sometime around December. This one is completely different, - and designed not to fall down during storms! It's held up all winter and you can see from the pictures what it looks like now. Two layers of plastic kept the boat dry. The outer layer on one side is all but ripped off.

All of the major fiberglass work is done. There are 2 layers of 4 oz cloth over the entire hull. Additionally, 8 or 9 oz cloth covers all seams and most of the bow area. I used tape on some of the vertical seams between plywood panels. I had to sand 10 times as much w/ the tape, so I cut my own after that. But then those pieces had lots of loose fibers that also need to be sanded. So either way, lots of sanding. Being neat seems to pay off quite a bit in this stage. Too bad I'm not that neat :-(

The keel is on. It's made of 2 layers of 3/4 inch ply w/ a 2x fir cap. I thought a 2x12 would probably rip apart the epoxy holding it onto the boat. Not sure that plywood is such a hot idea, but then, this is a protoype, so I get to test stuff (and that's the best part).

The keel fillets were done w/ a squeegy cut round w/ a pair of scissors. 2 passes. First pass was to glue the keel on, second was to build up the fillets.

Still filling the weave, adding some white pigment, and sanding, sanding, sanding...

Tried adding some silica to fill the weave more quickly, but it was (I think) too hot in the tent and it was too hard to spread. (I had a bunch of it laying around - it is way too expensive and have been using wood flour for everything - but it's white in color, so I thought, what the heck?). Stuck w/ straight epoxy after that. Looks like 3 or 4 coats to fill the 9oz stuff. Doesn't take a lot for each coat though.

Some kind of paint for the bottom will be next. Then I gotta flip the thing over.