The last few days, I've been cleaning up inside the seat wells in preparation for gluing on the seat tops.I didn't get any pictures, but I used some epoxy with 410 fairing to smooth out the inside. I used a squeegee to roll on thin coats where needed.
I then sanded inside the wells and put a 2nd coat of epoxy over everything.
Now I just need to wait awhile for it to cure. I'll give it a quick sanding with 80 grit to give it tooth and then prime it.
As long as I was messing with the seats, I decided I could glue up the centerboard cover. It needs to have a block put under it so that it fits in the centerboard trunk. Additionally, it needs to have a lock on one end so that it stays put and won't jump out. It turns out I've got some pecan hardwood tongue & groove flooring that is nearly perfect. I used a table saw to rip it down to the right width, chopping off the tongue and the groove. Then I use the leftover tongue to cut a small piece that would fit in the groove on the end. That will be the lock. It doesn't need much.
Then I pondered how to glue the pieces together. I decided that I could use packing tape to make a little hammock to hold the flooring at just the right spot.
|See the packing tape hammock on the right?|
|I slipped the tongue in the groove. I'll put glue on the ends and glue it inside the trunk.|
|The fore end, again wrapped in tape. The lateral piece is the hammock.|
|Cap is on top of the pieces suspended in the tape hammocks.|
|The tongue is glued in. I'll re-coat that with epoxy.|
|Here you can see the groove on the flooring and the tongue in the centerboard trunk|
|Finally, here is a shot of the whole thing. I'll coat it and seal it up.|
Tomorrow the epoxy in the seat wells will likely still be green and will sand poorly, so I can't sand that. I have a couple other projects like the anchor rode storage that I still might build.