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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

Beginning Rudder Head Assembly

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy, Modifications

Because my rudder is quite complex with all the electrical wiring, a lot of thought has gone into the assembly.  I glued one half to the the spacers with silica thickened epoxy and clamped it down.  This is just the beginning.  I have some routing for cabling to do before the rudder head meets the other half.  I must also primer and paint the actual rudder assembly first too.

Time Spent: 0.5 Hours

Total Time In Build: 126.5 Hours

Installing Mast Step and Speaker Boxes

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy, Modifications

I just installed the mast step using some of the same techniques I used for the daggerboard trunk: Marking the drilling pilot holes from the inside, drilling countersunk holes from the outside, gluing in place with silica thickened epoxy, then running 6 wood screws.  The speaker boxes are only attached with thickened epoxy.

Time Spent: 1.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 126.0 Hours

Epoxy Coatings

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy

I spent a little time epoxy coating the speaker boxes, rudder, and daggerboard.  The coating on the speaker boxes was quick and simple.  I don’t need them to look good as they will be hidden under the forward seat.  The daggerboard and rudder received nice smooth coats as the primer will be next to hit these surfaces.

Time Spent: 1.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 125.0 Hours

Building and Shaping the Mast Step

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy, Tools

At the base of the mast a wooden “step” is built to help support it and keep it in place.  I assembled the step with silica thickened epoxy and counter sunk wood screws.  It needed a little shaping to make it fit into the hull.  That was done with the random orbit sander.  The screw heads will be covered with wood flour thickened epoxy.

Time Spent: 1.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 124.0 Hours

Installing the Daggerboard Trunk

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy

I have long had the daggerboard trunk complete, but today it was time to install it.  I spent a good amount of time making sure it was on centerline and plumb before drilling any holes.  The trunk is epoxied to the bottom panel and to the center frame.  Countersunk screws running through those pieces ensure it is strong.  I covered up the screw heads with wood flour thickened epoxy which I will sand smooth later.

Time Spent: 1.5 Hours

Total Time In Build: 123.0 Hours

Misc Epoxy Work

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Epoxy

Today I mixed up some epoxy and thickened it with silica to do some miscellaneous gluing and hole filling.  I glued in the center seat supports that I built, glued together the mast partner, and filled in to holes for the rudder pivot bolt.  These holes will get drilled later at a smaller diameter.  This ensures it is watertight where the bolt will run through.  Gluing the seat supports was quite difficult because I had to ensure they were perfectly vertical and square to the center frame.  No pictures today as I didn’t feel there was anything worthwhile to show.

Time Spent: 2.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 121.5 Hours

Seat Supports / Instrument Panel

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Modifications, Sanding, Tools, Woodworking

Today I used some 3/8″ Okoume ply to make some center seat supports and the removable instrument panel.  It took quite a bit of time to measure, cut and form.  I used my jigsaw, hand saw, block plane, and random orbit sander.  The panel will contain the on off/switch, battery meter, cigarette lighter / power port, iPod/USB hookup, and the battery charger.  This panel will be removable to reduce weight when not needed.  The seat supports and the panel also form a battery box.

Time Spent: 2.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 119.5 Hours

Speaker Boxes

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Modifications, Woodworking

I swear I haven’t been lazy! I have been busy and on vacation.  I got back to work by building some speaker boxes for the forward frame.  Because I cannot ensure that the speakers will be watertight, I wanted to put a box behind them in the forward frame.  This will allow me to assure that the forward buoyancy tank is impervious to water.

Time Spent: 1.5 Hours

Total Time In Build: 117.5 Hours