This is a major milestone, the seats are glued down. It took awhile to get it all done.
First, I finished the wiring to the motor on the port side. You can see the wires run along the inside. The connector at the back is not installed yet.
|Wiring runs to the back of the boat|
|This is the end of the wire. I have a brass through hole fitting for it.|
|Closer shot. You can see the hole for the motor connector plug.|
Saturday I decided where the motor remote control would come through the seat and drilled the hole for that. Since I can't cut the connector off, I had to use a cable clam to go through the seat. The connector is very large and needed a 7/8" hole through the seat.
I glued a doubler on the seat and drilled the 7/8" hole through.
Then I coated the bottom of the seats.
|Bottom of the seats coated. And the footwell cover and the sole doublers.|
Saturday evening, I recoated all the pieces. They were ready to be installed Sunday morning, if still a bit tacky.
Sunday I started gluing the seats down. I don't have a lot of shots of the actual glue down. Just make sure that you have the seats dry fit very well before attempting the glue down.
I had sanded all the cleats. Saturday evening and Sunday morning, I recoated all the cleats. So everything had a nice new coat of epoxy on it before the actual glue down.
|Using buckets of water and boxes of tiles to weight down the seats.|
After I got the seats glued down, I wanted to glue the transom doubler that will be used for the motor mount. I glued that in along with the small plate that backs the socket connector for the motor.
|The blue spreader clamp holds the small plate for the motor connector.|
To the left, you can see the transom doubler.
|A lot of clamps holding the transom doubler.|
It was a real pain clamping in the transom doubler, but I got it. I used the same trick of a cross bar spreader and a small spreader perpendicular pressing against the piece. You can just see it at the bottom of the above shot.
I had some gaps along the outside edge of the seat. After it was glued and weighted, I put tape under the seat to block the cracks. Then I ran a pre-fillet. I don't think a pre-fillet is a real thing, but the idea is that I used some thickened epoxy -- not quite as thick as fillet mix -- and forced it into the cracks as best I could. I pushed that down with a finger and let it cure for just awhile. I had the garage about 70 degrees with the oil heater, so it didn't take too long to firm.
Then I ran a real fillet all along the edges and cleaned with a gloved finger a few hours later.
I was not able to fillet right near my complicated clamp setup at the back. I'll get that later.
|Starboard side is glued.|