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Sea Knight - I've Got a Hull


By Osangar - Posted on 29 April 2013

Took the bottom panel off, through some epoxy on it and screwed her into place fairly easily, I guess sitting in that position over winter did help some.

Bottom Panel

Need to clean up the bow section a bit so I can have the next bottom panel over lap the first one. 

Bottom Panel

To assist with the bends on these two bottom pieces at the bow I left towels on the wood for a few days pouring hot water on them in the mornings and evenings.  I would some heavy duty straps to help bend the wood to get it into place.

Bottom Panel

After I got it close to where it needed to be I let the wood dry out for a couple days before removing it.  During that time I drew lines on the inside outlining where the frames and battens are so I know where the expoy needs to be put.  I also drew the cut line for making the butt joint at the bow with the side panel after the transition joint.

Bottom Panel

The off it came made my cut, put it back on and then slowly cleaned up the line where the two panels meet.  There is also a transition joint along the keel at the bow where this bottom panel starts to overlap the other bottom panel.

Bottom Panel

Then ratchet it all down to ensure a nice clean smooth fit, at least that is the hope. :)

Off it comes once again now that I am happy with the fit so I can put epoxy onto the frames, chines, battens and the bottom panel.  Learned an important lesson about mixing too much epoxy at one time and why everyone reccomends small batches. 

Bottom Panel

It all worked out though and that is the important thing.

Bottom Panel

Funny for the last couple of weeks I have had this little ball of excitement building up inside of my stomach.  Then the night I put this last bottom panel it went away and it was just all about getting down to business.  Once I was done I nearly came unglued.  I just couldn't believe I had finally reached this milestone, many more to go, but this one was huge.  I still feel I have to give myself a pinch once in a while.  Alright, calm down, still got a lot of work to do.

Bottom Panel

Starting with getting rid of the excess wood and cleaning up all the edges.

Bottom Panel

And filling all of the gaps and screw holes.  Man there are a lot of screws in this thing.

Bottom Panel

Then sand it all down smooth.

Bottom Panel

Or at least sand it until 5 or more neighbours start to complain about the noise.  Definitely one problem about a project like this in a fairly high residential apartment area.  Guess Sunday after dinner might be getting a bit much so I will need to wait until I can get back to this during the day time.

Bottom Panel

Nonetheless I am extremely happy with the look and feel of it and the progress I have been able to make so far this year.  With any luck I might be able to flip it over before the end of June.

Cheers

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