Saturday, 25 May 2013

A Beam Becomes A Reality

The foam beam was wrapped up in carbon fibre a week or so ago and there it sat waiting for a warm dry day, that warm dry day arrived today, after several days of cool temperatures and intermittent rainfall.

A generous fillet of fibre reinforced epoxy was applied to the top surface of the beam and fixed in place with a central support whilst heat was applied to ensure a good cure.

In between the rainy days, ably assisted by an electric fan heater, I have completed the hull deck join reinforcement with the addition of a 200 mm wide tape of biaxial glass cloth.

Next on the list is to reinforce the bow area for the new forestay attachment, the beam fillet will require a thorough sanding before being taped to the deck head, then we'll be looking at a bulkhead and forward floatation compartments, busy busy busy!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

A Whole Lot Of Grinding Going On

Well it's been a while, hasn't it?!

And what have I been doing?

A whole lot of grinding, sanding, vacuuming...

To start with, the hull deck joint has been sanded, filled with a fibre reinforced epoxy, more sanding, more filling, yet more sanding, OK you get the jist!

Unidirectional carbon fibres have been epoxied to the hull and side deck in the area of the lower shroud terminations, a 150mm wide tape of 600gsm biaxial glass cloth was then laminated to the entire hull deck joint followed by further sanding in preparation for the next 200mm wide tape of the same cloth.

The new mast beam has taken shape, slightly narrower than the beam in Red Admiral, but just as deep which is where the stiffness comes from.

As can be seen from the picture below, a lot of work has gone into the deck head in preparation for the lamination of that new beam.

The portlights have returned from Eagle Boat Windows and have been refitted with a bed of Arbo Mast BR as recommended, the long thin elliptical portlight at the front of the cabin has had a new piece of acrylic fitted.

The two holes left over from the removal of the fittings for the beaching legs have been laminated over and finally, Betsy's bottom has been sanded and some spots ground clean ready for cleaning, filling and fairing.