Yet another update on the CLC Eastport Nesting Pram. The technique building this little boat is known as “stitch & glue”. Last post was about the stitchin’……Time to glue!!
But first I had to tip the boat upside-down. My supports aren’t particularly decent nor big and I got it on the third try…. the other 2 were actually dropping the boat…apparently no damage done… only to my pride. I then proceeded tightening her up. ‘Lookin’ like Franken-boat!
Time to glue the planks (not the bulkheads/transoms). The first step is to mix some epoxy and thicken it to a “sauce” consistency and “spot weld” the planks between the wire ties with a syringe. Naturally some is going to drip below. Naturally more than I anticipated! Lesson 1 learned…. make a thicker sauce! I spent quite some time down under the boat, but that’s a childhood fetish of mine. I would always capsize my little inflatables and spent time underneath!
Time for more glue. This time it’s thickened to the consistency of “mustard” and used to fill in the “whateveryouwannacallit” shelving of the planks. And after the epoxy kicks a bit (2-3 hours), make everything nice and smooth by running a wet-ed gloved finger with denatured alcohol over it. Now this is a lot of epoxy, I made 4-5 batches, a lot of mixing and adding filler, I think it totaled over 500 grams! This was pretty globby, it was running through the seams making a mess, I went through a ton of gloves…..Lesson 2 learned…. make a thicker mustard! And the next morning with the light of day I saw what a mess I had made…. a lot of sand is due in the near future.
This past week I’ve flipped her over again and checked for twist. And it was twisted. My diagonal measurements were off by over 2cm. So I eventually had to cut, remove and restitch the transoms. They were stuck/glued in some areas (due to the globby mess I made and I resorted to a dremmel… a bit of destruction and terror!) But I think I got the twist out, spot melded the transoms and am ready for the next stage…filleting!
But more on that…. next post.
Stay tuned… and mind you consistencies,
ps… epoxy is reeeeaaally goo-y! Impossible to be taking pictures in the process!
pss… this weekend I spent it down at the farm house… a break from anything “boat”. Sometimes ya gotta say f-it!