My sister was down for the weekend. And she reads the blog updates every week. She had some criticism of the posts, that we don’t explain how hard it is. And this weekend, was one of “those weekends”.
My worst day on the boat was installing the front bulkhead. It was hit. I was working blind in a cramped space and had my right arm covered in tiny cuts from the dried fibreglass and (literally) up to my arm pits in resin. Scrapping epoxy out of armpits is unpleasant. Really, really unpleasant.
Brads worst day was installing the bridgedeck. It was hot hard work, that had to be done in a specific time so we achieved a chemical seal.
Mums worst day was baking the boat. She was afraid that we would burn down their factory and their house.
Oddly, dad hasn’t had a bad day.
So. Today, and this weekend was “one of those days”. We were high building and priming under the hull. The difficulty is that our hulls are flipped, so we didn’t have much space. One of the problems was raising the boat. We could not raise it much, so we worked where we could barely get a head in.
Brad sanded under the boat. And to be honest, it was a horrible job. It was cramped, and he was wedged in between the boat and a concrete floor. We had Julia and Connor helping. And it took about 3/4 of the day to prep sand.
Then we put on the first coat of high build. With dad helping, it took the five of us about 1.5 hours. Sounds short, but it was a long 90 minutes. Then we put on a second coat and wrapped up at 5:30pm Saturday.
Sunday, brad, dad and Connor (and I) were back on the build. We did a light sand, and then it was time to put on the primer. We had to give it time to fume, and put on the second coat at 3pm. With some primer left over, we gave the leading edges a third coat at 6.
So this is the bit that my sister encouraged me to detail. That we were working hard, doing shitty jobs at 6pm on a Sunday. But that’s part of DIY boat building. And at the end of it, the reward is a beautiful boat.
Now, for the pics. The primer is nasty stuff. So it was with full Breathing masks and googles, we got into it. The environment had to be dust free. So Connor cleaned the floors, and it was with closed doors, that we applied the primer.
Next, here is a photo of the underside, high built.
And here is the primer, on the underside.
And a little evidence to show that we work late into the night.
With the final result being all worth it