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  1. New Engine Panel Fabrication Part III

    This time I used thickened epoxy on all the edges and let the first course cure before adding the reinforcing layers of biax. This turned out way better with much fewer voids.

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    Try #2

    I filled the voids and spent hours sanding it flush. Then I primed it, but the primer cured lumpy, so I spent more hours sanding it smooth.

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    Primed and test fit

    Then I painted it with Interlux ...

    Updated Today at 09:48 AM by bigd14

  2. New Engine Panel Fabrication Part II

    Once the mold was built up, I added thickened epoxy fillets, then coated the whole thing with epoxy and sanded it flat. Then I coated it with about 15 coats of mold release wax, which was 10 more than needed, and taped off all other surfaces.

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    Ready for fiberglassing

    I laid up fiberglass matt as an underlayer since I had read that it conformed to surfaces well, then fiberglass cloth, then biaxial cloth. I worked the ...
  3. New Engine Panel Fabrication Part I

    The boat came to me with a series of switches and buttons installed in holes in the cockpit wall leaving them exposed to water. The original engine panel had been removed and replaced with a sheet of stainless steel with a speaker in the middle of it which leaked water into the boat and looked like a 7th grade shop project. Why the original arrangement wasnt satisfactory to a PO remains a mystery, but it was good enough for me, so I had to return things to the way they were.


    Updated Today at 08:14 AM by bigd14

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  4. Lil' Bote Argh!

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    Update: Argh! So, the downside of the "barn find" Zodiac manifests.
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    The floor has spontaneously peeled away from the tubes all across the bow! Fortunately it didn't do it while on the water. I went for about a ten mile run on fairly flat water - just a few wind ripples. Then put the boat back on the trailer, covered under a tarp for a ...

    Updated 05-19-2018 at 07:27 PM by toddster (sad events)

  5. Lil' Bote is small but it's still a B.O.A.T.

    There is no Ericson in this story.

    The newest incarnation of Lil' Bote (tender to Arcturus) is finally operational. Somehow at some undefined point along the line, my $500 boat turned into... a project! They can't help it I suppose. Even though they're only small, they still suck your time and money, because in the end, they're still Boats.

    The mission specifications for Lil' Bote:
    1. Tender to Arcturus. Ferry crew, fuel, provisions, bicycles etc. ...

    Updated 05-05-2018 at 07:52 PM by toddster (problem with attachments)

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