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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

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

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

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

Sanding The Interior, Again – Part 1

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Sanding, Tools

So another long journey of sanding begins.  I must sand the entire interior to smooth the epoxy covered fiberglass.  It is about a 50/50 fix between power sanding and hand sanding.  Reaching over the Skerry’s sheer makes this a difficult task.  Also, when hand sanding, I constantly need to vacuum up the dust as it builds up quick.  Fortunately the random orbit sander has a vacuum attachment.

I only spent a couple hours sanding today.  It was hot and a lot of work.  I sanded the majority of the bottom and #1 panels.  I don’t plan to sand in the bow and stern compartments as they will be sealed up by the seats.  You will notice in the pictures that sanding makes the beautiful epoxied wood look gray and ugly.  It is supposed to look like this.  Once another layer of epoxy or varnish hits it, it will look good again.  I just have to smooth everything out before those final pretty coats.

Time Spent: 2.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 115.0 Hours

Sanding in Preparation for Interior Fiberglass and Epoxy

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Sanding

Today I had a sanding marathon.  A full 5 hours of sanding, and with no power tools!  I used only hand blocks and raw sandpaper.  Everything was smoothed with 80, 150, then 220 grit paper.  The interior of the hull went pretty quick, it was the custom rails that sucked up all my time.  Because of the curve of these things and all the small spacing, it was a time consuming process.  When I was finished I didn’t even have the energy to clean up.  The boat sits in the garage, covered with dust.  Tomorrow I will vacuum the hull and wipe it down with denatured alcohol covered rags.  Then, I will be ready for some fillets, fiberglass, and epoxy.

Time Spent: 5.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 103.5 Hours

Custom Rail Shaping

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Modifications, Sanding, Tools

I spent a few hours today shaping the Skerry’s rails.  I primarily used the router.  I also used the router and a mortising bit to remove some of the rail to flush-mount the trolling motor electrical connection and the oarlocks.

Time Spent: 3.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 97.0 Hours

Sanding, Sanding, Sanding…

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Sanding, Tools

Now that the rails are in the boat, it is time to start sanding.  I will be sanding for a few days so there won’t be any pictures.  Sanding isn’t all that interesting, but it is a necessity.  The outwale, breasthooks, and top of the rails are smooth.  I used the random orbit sander to accomplish this.  It also came in handy for shaping the joint between the breasthook and the rail.

Time Spent: 2.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 92.0 Hours

Fabricating Custom Rails – Part 5

Posted by Zachary Wiest in Modifications, Sanding, Tools

I took all the clamps off the rails today and hauled the boat outside of the garage to begin sanding away excess wood and epoxy from the rails and breasthooks.  I only got through the bow and rails from the center frame forward before It got dark.  The pictures give you a pretty good idea of how I modified the breasthook.  I think this custom rail design adds a lot to the look and functionality of the Skerry.

Time Spent: 1.0 Hours

Total Time In Build: 90.0 Hours