Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Turning the First Hull

One of the first things I did when I got back to the boat shed was finish the topside panel to bulkhead fillets on the first hull, and having this completed, I couldn't resist turning the hull upside down to see how it looked. Even though there is more work to be done inside before I can glass the outside, such as adding topside doublers at the beam and shoud locations, I wanted to begin shaping the outside and filling and fairing the joints. Once upside down, I was pleased to see that the hull panels looked good, with no hard spots or waves, just smooth, fair curves.

I need to build some lower sawhorses. Set up like this, I can barely reach the keel at the deepest midship section.

I spent most of Monday filling the joints between the stems, skegs and keels where they meet the hull panels, and filleting the joint at the bottom edge of the topside panels. Shaping and fairing all this is going to take awhile. After starting the sanding, I went shopping today for a bigger random orbital sander. This is going to be a big sanding job.


tsunamichaser said...

Hi Scott,

Good work on selling Element 1 and getting right at building continuing work on E2. If you haven't noticed this on the plans then here's a heads up. sheet 20 on the detail of the tramp lacing batten shows that under the shear 1x2 you are to do a fillet. If you do this prior to glassing the hull and deck you should be able to glass not into the corner as shon in the glassing details but beyond the corner. Funny place for this detail considering it doesn't show elsewhere.


Scott B. Williams said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Thomas. You do have to look carefully through the plans. I've found other odd details like that in places they weren't expected. Looking though them again after you mentioned that, I see this fillet again on page 13 in the crossbeam lashing block detail, and again on page 8 in the deck to hull joint detail.