Are You A Fan Of My Page?

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Uncategorized

I have noticed that in the past couple days I have had over 100 views each day?  I am well over 3000 views now. A you a fan of the blog? Do you have any questions? Advice?  I would love to hear from some of the page’s readers.  You can use the comments link below or send me an email!

First Coat of Paint

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Paint, Preparation, Tools

After sanding the second coast of primer, I hauled the Skerry back into the garage.  I began cleaning the hull with tack cloth and then whipped her down with a denatured alcohol.  I taped off the rails and began painting using a 6″ roller and foam tipping brush. I used the technique seen in this video: Interlux Brightsides Roll and Tip Technique.  I learned not to do too much at once, only moving about 12″ down the hull at a time.  If you don’t it is difficult to keep a wet edge.  The paint I used was Interlux Brightsides Hatteras Off White (1990).

Time Spent: 3.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 152 Hours

Second Layer of Hull Primer

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Preparation, Sanding

Today I sanded down the first layer of primer using 120 grit paper.  I then added the second layer of primer, finishing off my can of Interlux PreKote.

Time Spent: 2.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 149 Hours

First Layer of Hull Primer

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Paint, Preparation

I just finished laying down the first layer of hull primer.  I began the day by pulling out the boat and using painter’s tape on the underside of the rail.  I then gave it a good whipe-down with denatured alcohol. Once that was complete I used a roller to cover the hull.  A foam brush was used in the laps to make sure they got covered.  I key with the primer is not to try to make it look beautiful.  This layer Interlux PreKote hi-build primer is just to fill any abnormalities and provide the paint with something to stick too.  In a day or two I will sand it down with 120grit.

On another note.  I am noticing a lot of traffic on the website.  During the couple months that I wasn’t working on the boat or even updating the site I had over a thousand views!  I am about 100 away from 3000!

Time Spent: 1.5 Hours

Total Time In Build: 147 Hours

Daggerboard Slot and Paint Prep

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy, Preparation, Sanding, Tools, Woodworking

Today I flipped the boat over and cut the daggerboard slot with my router.  I did it freehand and was tough to get a straight line, but it turned out well.  The daggerboard goes through the hull, right in line with the centerline.  After I completed the cut, I rounded it over with the router.

Next I got out the sander and sanded the exterior hull in preparation for primer.  There was a lot of hand sanding too!  Luckily my girlfriend helped!  To finish off the day I sealed off the exposed wood in the daggerboard slot with some unthickened epoxy.

Time Spent: 4.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 145.5 Hours

Back To Work With Lots of Sanding

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Sanding, Woodworking

Today I finally got back to work on my Skerry after a few months off.  I was so busy with work and it was just so hot in South Florida that it was almost impossible to make headway.  Anyways, I got the whole interior sanded and shaped the rear seat to fit correctly.  The forward seat was a perfect fit.  It was a chore to sand in and around the rail spacers.  Lots of hand sanding!

Time Spent: 6.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 141.5 Hours

This Site Hasn’t Been Forgotten

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Uncategorized

It has been nearly two months since I have worked or the boat or updated this site.  I really want to get back to it.  Hopefully that can happen soon…  I have just been so busy with work and other commitments.

Test Assembling / Installing the Rudder

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Electrical, Modifications

It has been ages since I posted, and I am sorry for that.  I was out of the country again and then had a bunch of guys come through for 5 days.  Anyways, I am back to work on the Skerry.  I test assembled the rudder and took some pictures so that you could see my modifications to allow for the trolling motor.  Once I put the other side on I side, “heck, why not try to hang this thing on the hull.”  Aligning the gudgeons and pintles is a daunting task.  I spent over 90 minutes trying to get it right.  It is isn’t perfect, but this isn’t the final install.  I just wanted to get an idea for how it will all go.

Time Spent: 2.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 135.5 Hours

Painting the Daggerboard and Rudder

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Paint

Too finish off the work day I put a coat of Interlux Brightsides Hatteras Off White (1990 Edition) on the Daggerboard and Rudder.  I used a foam brush to apply this paint.  When I get to the hull I will be using a roller.  Anything painted on the boat will get this color.  Everthing else will be varnished.

Time Spent: 0.5 Hours

Total Time In Build: 133.5 Hours

Instrument Panel and Rudder Work

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Decisions, Electrical, Epoxy, Modifications, Sanding, Tools

I have worked on the Skerry over the last few days but neglected to make post about my progress.   This post will hopefully highlight the things I did.

1) Cut some wooden blocks to mount under the seats at the forward and aft frame.  This blocks will be screwed to the frames and hull.  I will install u-bolts through them to allow the boat to be lifted at four point.  I plan to lift the boat out of the water using a davit on my dock.

2) I epoxied the center seat, waited for it to dry, then sanded all the seats.  They are ready for installation in the hull.

3) I prepared the rudder yoke by sanding, drilling out the tiller connection hole and filling with thickened epoxy, and covered the yoke with epoxy.

4) The rudder half that was fitted for the spacers in my last post was routed to allow for the motor cabling to pass through it.  The rudder yoke also has a channel on its underside for the cabling to run to the tiller.

5) I started building the tiller connection / speed control.  The speed control mechanism is directly from the minn-kota trolling motor.  It has 2 wires that run to the battery and 4 that run to the motor.  I connected the wires to it and covered the connections with liquid electrical tape.  Next, I built a small piece of wood, drilled a hole in it, and filled it with thickened epoxy.  This will then be re-drilled along with the yoke to form the connection to the rudder.  The wood piece was connected to the speed mechanism with lots of thickened epoxy.  This will soon be built up and faired with microballoon thickened epoxy.

6) I opened up the instrument panel that I built a few days ago for all the components.  They include a power switch, radio with usb connection, battery meter, on-board charger inlet, and cigarette lighter style power adapter.  Neat plastic latches that will allow the panel to clip into place are also installed.  After I made sure everything fit, I started coating the panel with epoxy.

7) I built a second blank instrument panel for use without all the electrical components.  This was made so that I can remove the battery and all the electronics to use the boat when I don’t want all the extras.  This panel was made by tracing the existing panel onto the original seat which I no longer have a use for.

8) I coated the rudder and dagger board with Interlux Pre-Kote Marine Primer.

Unfortunately I don’t have pictures off all this stuff, but you should get a pretty good idea of what I did by reading.

Time Spent: 6.5 Hours

Total Time In Build: 133.0 Hours