Jud - s/v Sputnik

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  1. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Sometimes, as you know, you have to give blood - the project demands it!
  2. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Thanks - really appreciate the advice and ideas. BTW, the fibreglass shop I bought the WEST epoxy from recently, and the S1 sealer from a year or more ago, said to simply sand the sealer-sealed plywood a bit before putting on the WEST epoxy. No chemical compatibility issues of concern.
  3. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Thanks for the info. As I think of it, I did already (well over a month ago, when I started cutting out the pieces) apply some sealer to a few pieces of plywood, which I later West epoxied over. So far, I’ve had no (haven’t noticed any) issues with adhesion. However - I should be much more thorough/methodical going forward re: adhesion. Good reminder- thanks!
  4. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    No idea, but very good point. I’m generally fairly “lackadaisical”, or at least not overly fastidious and concerned (probably just naive), about such chemical compatibility/adhesion matters (except when it comes to Interlux 2-part paints, where I follow the specified procedures/products) - I’ve used this System 3 S1 epoxy sealer before on another project and then used another WEST epoxy (G Flex) over top of it with no ill effects. Fingers crossed the WEST system epoxy (206 slow hardener) I’m using now for the rest of this project will adhere ok...........would be very bad if there’s an issue... The filler material (glass bubbles) I’m using is from the same fibreglass shop I bought the WEST 206 kit from - they recommended using it because it’s apparently easier to sand compared to another filler material they sell...so I assume it’s all good (appears to be fine). I should probably do a light sand before I apply the actual epoxy over the S1 primed surfaces.
  5. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    The boat and all remaining pieces to be installed, with a preliminary epoxy sealer coat on them - this should help reduce the amount of WEST system to apply, since the bare wood grain has now been somewhat sealed.
  6. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Well, there’s this instead. You’ll be tapping your toes and dancing along in no time. :-). 1996 or so, was it? I remember being in a club in Washington, DC around that time and [gasp] dancing to this. Probably because the girl I was out with that night with was into it :-) :-) But back to our program - I just escaped the incredibly toxic-smelling Covid 19-killing fumes of S1 epoxy sealer/primer. Having recently purchased another kit of WEST System epoxy and gotten sticker shock (especially realizing how much more I’ll need), I realized it might be a good idea to prime all of the surfaces that are to be WEST coated - to minimize how much gets sucked into the porous wood surfaces (and therefore use less of it). The Two-Paw plans call for three coats of epoxy on wood surfaces (apart from fibreglassed areas). I had some of the 2-part S1 epoxy sealer kicking around for a while from a previous project, not needed anymore, so I decided to use it up on this - I coated the entire boat and every single part. Unlike normal epoxy, this stuff has very heavy fumes, so I’m dancing the Macarena right now :-) :-). Awful stuff (the fumes, and maybe the Macarena too) but I think it’ll help me use less WEST epoxy (for coating wood surfaces). So - update: yesterday I prepped the boat for fibreglass by clipping off all the zap straps and wire. I used a jig saw and coarse rasp to smooth all the joints. Zonker recommended a grinder with a 36 grit sanding wheel but I only have metal grinding and cutting disks, no sanding disks and, besides, I hate the noise and crazy grit/dust of grinders (except for when doing metal work), so I used my rasp. I also enjoy working with hand tools sometimes, like a plane for carving a kayak paddle, and wanted something a bit more “delicate”, with more feel, than a grinder so that I wouldn’t grind the seams too far! Wasn’t that hard by hand especially since I “prepped” joints ahead of time by trimming with a jig saw with the base set at an angle when/where needed. I then epoxy sealed the entire outside of the boat after fibreglass taping all the seams. The plans call for one layer only; I put two on the chine-transom seams, and keel seam, reasoning that they might see a bit more abrasion. (I’ll install rub strips or whatever they’re called on the bottom/keel too. A few extra strips of glass tape won’t add any appreciable weight to the boat, of course. I am not fibreglassing the bottom —as Graham recommends not doing, since he feels it’s not necessary, and it also adds undesirable weight to the boat.) I also dry-fitted and trimmed (to the “as-built” boat) the two stern quarter seats, and the bow deck preliminary to installing them in the next day or so. But, before that, much more excitingly, since it’s for making the boat sail, I’ll glue on the mast step and make the belowdecks support tube for the mast. Many thanks to Alan at B&B for this video!
  7. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    And now, for a small, terrible and nostalgic musical interlude :-)
  8. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Art on a boat?

    That title has already been taken, man! :-) But, yes, some like it hot, some like it cold. East is east, west is west, and never the ‘twain shall meet. There are two people in the world: those who... (I’ve run out of cliches :-) ) The St. Roche - first single season NWP transit. A unique and gruelling voyage. If you’re ever out this way, Vancouver, BC, you can see actually go through the St. Roche in the local maritime museum. It may ignite your imagination...
  9. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Art on a boat?

    That’s what my guess was.
  10. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Art on a boat?

    From the office wall of a shipbuilding/repair facility in North Vancouver, BC. The pic was from a ship (note the sturdy brackets that affix the picture to the wall). More importantly, note where the ship is. Now, that’s real “cruising”.
  11. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    The ceremonial Cutting of the First Wire Tie! :-) My kid cut off the first one last night. (The green wire in the foreground, which had lots of anyway, was required to pull the bow transom panels tight to the hull sides in those areas - a fair bit of tension there, we found.) Great project to do with a teenager, especially if you build it (i.e., do the assembly part) relatively fast instead of stretching the project out over many months. The kid helper gets to see the results quickly (and probably learn more that way).
  12. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    Looking toward the finishing details, I’ve just bought a pair of these from Duckworks so I can stow the oars in two pieces each in custom wood holders I’ll build into each hull side. I’ve found storing oars on board a bit of a pain: this will solve it. https://www.duckworks.com/product-p/lo_oar.htm I hope to build the daggerboard trunk and fibreglass mast tube this weekend. Rudder next week.
  13. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    That’s a Ph.D. in Wet-Wet. I’ve just barely started my M.Sc. :-) Well, the good news is that the thickener/filler I used is easy to sand (when I bought it the guy at the fibreglass shop specifically asked me if it would be in an area that would be sanded...not knowing 100%, I said yes, and bought that type (fortunately). It hasn’t required all that much sanding so far to fix the slight mess I made.
  14. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    That’s great know - I realized afterwards that I was sloppy with my seam fillets - “wet on wet” definitely sounds like the way to go to avoid much sanding! Honestly, I was in a bit of a hurry - filling seams is a labour-intensive process I didn’t really enjoy, amd I wanted to “get it done” over the weekend. But hurrying, of course, is usually the sure way to not do something well. Oh well - (re) learned that lesson the hard way...
  15. Jud - s/v Sputnik

    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    The problem, of course, with fibreglassing after work is that it’s a vicious circle. You start only intending to do a small portion, you run your cloth...and then your small-ish batch of epoxy starts running low...you lay some more cloth...epoxy starts running low, mix some more...repeat, repeat...you get the picture :-). Suddenly, hours later, closer to bed time, you’re still going, tired, very tired. Many, many metres of glass cloth go into the seams of an 8 ft boat! But the large bulk of my fibreglassing is now almost done!