CLC Pram #6…Fillets

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 gluing. Time for fillets!

DSC_0347DSC_0346A couple of summers ago my cuz John showed me the art of filleting fish. This post has nothing to do at all about filleting fish. But just looking at these old pics…. I’m drooling with the idea of marinated anchovies!

‘Nuf nonsense! In boat building fillets (pronounced “fill-it”) are used to fill gaps and to adhere parts. It’s just a bunch of epoxy with cabosil filler and wood flour mixed to a peanut butter consistency. DSC01922So now it’s time to glue the transoms and the dual center bulkhead. But before that I actually measured and noticed some twist in the hull, so I removed the transoms and restitched them a bit more precisely.DSC01945 Naturally they were stuck from my messy epoxy runoffs so a dremmel came in handy! I then “spot welded” them so I could take out the wires before filleting.

DSC01923DSC01925Time to fillet! So as we said, mix the epoxy with the “stuff” and make the “peanut butter”. Then put a ziploc bag in a container and glob out the mix. Close up the bag, squeez it around and then snip the corner. DSC01926This makes it easy to apply… like a pastry bag with whip cream!…(well… not quite!) Any how, my first batch was small, too small and I realized I was gonna need goobs of this stuff. I eventually found a larger container!

DSC01931DSC01940This was a big batch…350gr epoxy, 175gr hardener plus a bunch of cabosil and wood flour….. it took a good 20 minutes to mix the dang thing up.

So… squeeze the stuff in the gaps, use a round spatula to make the “fillet” and clean up the mess! And speaking of a mess, I’ve made a total mess of describing this procedure! This video will make more sense.

Anyhow, here is how it showed up

There is an art to this procedure…. and I ain’t got it! But …hey! Check it out!

mdeAnd she cute?! I would float her in my bathtub but it won’t fit! But the wires are gone which means I walk around it in my pajamas without having an “accident”!

Stay tuned,

Capt Pete

ps… meanwhile back on Zoot Allures, I sanded and oiled the rub rails. No pics cause it got dark and my arms had fallen off

pss…. it is sooo impossible to take photos of epoxy sequences…. for obvious reasons!

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4 Responses to CLC Pram #6…Fillets

  1. Looks irresistible! The hard part is done (I think), nothing but smooth sailing (rowing) now. Gotta a sharp saw ready for the “cutting in half” trick?


    • I know! I luuuv peanut butter… very tempting!
      There’re still a lot of hard parts to come… like opening the dagger board slot. The cutting in half is gonna have to wait for a while… there’s a lot more that needs to be done. Oh, and so little time….


  2. Matt says:

    That looks so good! And yeah, it’s impossible to explain just how messy epoxy work is. Ugh.


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