Yet another update on the CLC Eastport Nesting Pram. The technique building this little boat is known as “stitch & glue”. Time for the Skeg, Skids and The Big Ass Slot!
Installing the skeg and the skid rails is a 2 man job. Since I don’t have a bunch of people knocking my door down drooling with help in their eyes (?), it was time to get funky. The hull was pre-marked and holed with pilot holes. the skeg and skids have to be dry fitted (before gluing) to prepare their pilot holes. The skeg is pretty much straight forward but the skids have to be bent. That’s where the 2nd person comes in to hold the dang thing in place while you drill from underneath.
So first I drill a forward pilot hole in the skid (time to funk!). Then I screw a bronze screw from under just to expose the tip. Then place the skid in place so the tip just enters the skids pilot hole. Then tape it down (a weight would slid off). Go under and drive in the forward screw. Climb out and realize that it didn’t screw in but just pushed it up. Swear…and do it again. Then bend the skid and weigh it down in place.
From under drill through the hull pilot holes but just to mark the skid. Remove the skid and open pilot holes where it was marked. Drive the screws though the hull and expose just the screw tips. Place the skid on the hull and check that all the tips correspond to the pilot holes.
Have a drink and mix some thickened epoxy. Slather epoxy on the skid and the hull and do it again. Tape down the forward part ensuring the alignment. Screw in the forward screw and crawl out to make sure it IS screwing in. Bend and weigh down the aft end aligning the screw tips in the pilot holes. Drive in the aft screw, always checking… and then the other 2 screws (4 in all). Clean up the epoxy squeeze out and remove the tape.
How nice… every thing went just fine. Ok… do it all again for the other skid and then for the skeg. I must have crawled in and out of the overturned hull well over 299 times. How funky is that!?
While I was at it I assembled the mast step
Time to open that Big Ass Slot where the dagger board pops though. The quickest and scariest way is with a router with a flush trip bit. I opened some big holes in the hull (again…!) to fit the bit though. The bit has a wheel at the bottom and will use the daggerboard trunk walls as a guide. What could go wrong?
I just got another drink. God know how many I’ll have when the TIME comes!
ps….meanwhile on Zoot Allures. The tranny holes are filled and need drilling plus I also went shopping. 5liters engine oil, 2 for the tranny, 8 liters engine coolant… plus the 2 fuel filters, oil filter and impeller. That’s alot to carry around on a motorcycle!