Yet another update on the CLC Eastport Nesting Pram. The technique building this little boat is known as “stitch & glue”. Time to affix the seat supports!
Just a side note…. I’m working a ACFE conference and god all mighty is it boring. It’s all about fraud….aaahahahaha! I thought is was going to interesting but…nope. A good opportunity to write this!
So the seats are to be screwed onto their supports which are glued to the hull. The procedure is to tack-weld them first with the seats affixed, then remove the seats and fillet them and add some fiberglass to the bottom fillet for more strength. A 2 day job depending you find the motivation, with is a topic of its own!
What really bugs me with this project is that if you screw up….you are totally screwed!
Tack welding is thickening some epoxy and with a syringe shoot some globs where the seat support meets the hull. Then leave it overnight to set and hopefully everything is as you left it. I guess having nightmares and checking on it in the middle of the night is normal!
With a everything in place I removed the seats and set up for filleting. I made a big batch, 200gr of epoxy plus 100gr hardener plus a bunch of cabosil and wood flour. The “peanutbutter” was bag-ed, sniped and ready for all 12 fillets. First the 6 top sides, smooth it out, flip the boat over, crawl under and do the bottom 6 fillets. This was taking a while and the epoxy started to kick (it’s gotten quite warm here lately) and the bag started heating up to the point I couldn’t use it all and had to make another batch. Lesson learned.
Next I mixed some un-thickened epoxy and glued some fiberglass to the under side joint. It’s kinda fun working under an upside-down boat. Lesson learned…where knee pads!
All I need now are the actual seat screws… but I’m working during screw-shop hours…naturally!
Stuff left to do. Get the screws I need, glue and screw the skeg, bottom rubrails and mast step. Then sand the whole boat from all the epoxy globby mess I’ve made. Then paint the whole thing with a couple of coats of epoxy and then………..
ps…. Usually after work, I’m beat. So at home I lay down and listen to motivational speakers on youtube. Les Brown, Zig Zigler, Wayne Dyer etc. Then I get up and boat-ify myself. It’s not working very well this week. I knackered. Plus everyone says I’m a fool for considering not launching ol’ Zoot. What doesn’t kill you….just might one day!