Sunday, September 18, 2016

Vaka fiberglassing (8)

Just a couple of hours this week to smooth the rough FG edges on the vaka. We the put the boat rightside up again. Here are the two proud builders. By the way, the cockpit floor did non collapse

Total work time to date: 491 hours

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fiberglassing the vaka (7)

Five hours this week end, to prepare and fiberglass the port side of the vaka (main hull). We first faired the starboard side which we had fiberglassed the previous time 

We then cleaned the starboard side and turned the hull on the other side. It's getting heavier, but we could do that in a restricted space with no difficulties

We then prepared the side for fiberglassing, first sanding down fg edges and epoxy runs and then removing the dust and cleaning the surface with an alcool damp rag, and draped the fg cloth on it

More than one liter of epoxy was needed to laminate the fiberglass on the side.

Now all the three hulls are completely fiberglassed. We're getting there.. what's next?

Total work time to date: 489 hours

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fiberglassing the vaka (6)

Six hours of work between friday and sunday. We tilted the main hull (vaka) on a side to facilitate draping and subsequent wetting out of the fiberglass. However we first had to get rid of several epoxy drips and fair the deck and bottom fg edges.

We then wet out and simultaneously cut to size the fiberglass, using more than one kg of clear resin

Last evening we went to check everything and discovered a big (3 cm diameter) air bubble exactly on the side panel  butt joint, which was filled with resin and then squeezed with an improvised rig

Total work time to date: 484 hours

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fairing the blades (1)

Two hours of work today. Since Cinzia is on vacation, I'm working alone so I'm concentrating on smaller tasks. Today, after grinding the fg edges around the transom, I decided to work on the blades which are not complete yet. So first of all I sanded both blades with the power sander (40 grit) and a hand pad (60 grid)

I then glued the two handles/stopper to the centerboard

and finally I prepared some fairing putty and coated one side of the rudder blade. Tomorrow we'll se how this worked out

Total work time to date: 478 hours

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fiberglassing the vaka (5)

One hour of work today to fiberglass the transom with 160 g/sq.m. glass cloth.

Total work time to date: 476 hours

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fiberglassing the vaka (4)

Two hours today to prepare the vaka transom for fiberglassing, with the help of my son Giovanni who is trying to learn how to make a living after his graduation in zoology. We first rounded the corners of the transom framing and power sanded away fg edges and drips from the transom.

We then filleted the corners of the framing in preparation for fiberglassing

Total work time to date: 475 hours

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fiberglassing the vaka (3)

Two hours of nasty and itchy work yesterday to take down the fg edges with the Surforms (the most important invention of mankind).

Total work time to date: 473 hours