Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hot Mess - The Top Part 4

Moving right along now; I feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel and I'm hoping to finish up in the next few days.  I have one more repair on the transom that I missed before I turned the boat over.  There is a crack right next to the rudder bracket (pintle or gudgeon, I don't remember) that I will take care of tomorrow, but today I wanted to get the thwart fitted before I put the first coat of paint on.

Last night I planed one of the Honduras Mahogany boards down to 3/4" and did a shiplap joint to join the thwart and the daggerboard trunk top.  I mixed up a small batch of epoxy and joined the boards together and temporarily screwed them together until it cured.

After work today I traced the entire template (thanks Chris Z) onto the glued up board and did a rough cut to start test fitting.  Using a number of different size and shape rasps I whittled it down until it fit on all three contact areas.  Once satisfied, I tapped one hole in each mount point and screwed it home.  Then, with a pencil from the underside, I marked the location of the 6 screws that will hold the daggerboard in place.  I pulled it off and tapped the 6 holes from the underside.

My initial thought was to use 1.5" screws for the three mounting points, but I may increase them to 2" just to be safe.  For the screws on the underside of the daggerboard trunk, I used 5/8", but will increase to 3/4".

Next, I set the thwart aside and fitted the new bailer I ordered from Great Lakes Marine Outfitters (They have lots of Force 5 parts).  I had previously filled the bailer housing with thickened epoxy and needed to bore it out with a 1" forstner bit (or maybe it was 7/8").  It took a fair amount of sanding the bored out hole to get the new bailer to fit but I finally got it.  I pulled it out and set it aside, because I had run out of excuses to paint.

I'll say it up front; I hate painting.  Maybe because it is messy, monotonous, and time consuming.  Yes, it's all that, but mainly I suck at it and I'm always disappointed.  The one exception to that rule is the Alberg 35 I did, but I spent a huge amount of time and at least $1000 in very expensive 2 part linear polyurethane.  That stuff was great, but for the Hot Mess, single part polyurethane at $30 a can will have to do.

Anyway, I chose Jamestown Distributors Wet Edge in Oyster White.  It's a knockoff of Interlux Brightside and is a little bit cheaper.  I rolled it on with a foam sausage roller and it turned out ok, but I'm not blown away.  I'll do another coat tomorrow, but honestly, I'm not going to sweat it too much.

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