Today I spent most of my time working on the boat sanding rough spots along the fiberglass taped seams. I was able to climb on top of the boat to sand around the keel. The mess was vaccuumed up with a shop vac after I was done and I am now ready to lay fiberglass fabric on the bottom and cut it to shape.
The biaxial fabric is unrolled on the bottom. The fabric must overlap the chine and keel by 6". After the overlap is measured the fabric must be trimmed. Once the fabric is trimmed to fit the hull, it is removed and epoxy is applied to the bottom. The fabric is unrolled once again on the bottom and moved around until it is in place.
The fabric is smoothed out by hand until it appears flat and without any wrinkles. Quite a bit of epoxy is soaked up by the fabric, this explains why I had to order 22.5 gallons of it. Wetted out fabric as seen from the bow.
After sanding rough areas on the fabric overlap and along the chine, I repeated the previous process and cut another piece of fiberglass to fit the bottom. I soaked the bottom with epoxy and then put the fabric in place. Here is a view down the keel from the stern after the bottom is now glassed completely with 1 layer of biaxial fabric. Another view down the keel from the bow showing the first layer of glass fabric on the hull. I think I used up about a gallon of epoxy (resin+hardener) for each bottom section.
A view of the bow showing the bottom lamination. Showing the newly glassed bottom panel. Another view of the fresh glassing.


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