SK14 in TX

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by Reid » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:19 pm

AggieGirl,

Fuzz is absolutely right! Probably not what you want to hear but you need to get spacing in between EVERY panel. You don't want any wood touching wood, you want a small gap so the fillet can do its job. I would start over, cut the zip ties, and add some spacers. I think you will see the gap the bow come together a little better. When you start to re-stitch, start tightening a little at a time, working your way from front to back. Take your time, make sure everything lines up and has some spacing. Remember, the cleaner you work in the beginning the better off you will be later in the build. It's funny how little imperfections can compound later in the build (I think almost every builder on this Forum can attest to that).

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by Dougster » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:16 am

Yes what Fuzz and Reid say. It's no big deal and easy. Take an hour. Like Fuzz said, cut a zip, stick in a spacer (nail, popsicle stick, etc. between it and the next zip. Replace cut zip, move on to the next one, repeat process right down the panel. No problem. Then work a bit more with the bow and it'll close some more, though you could make what you have there now work.

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by AggieGirl » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:32 pm

Ok, so I added spacers along the seams as everyone suggested. I ended up slipping a zip tie between the stitches to get some space between the panels. When I did this, the bow came together a lot better. Restarting and being patient was definitely a good decision.


Here are some photos of the new stitching.
bow stitch 1.jpeg
bow stitch 2.jpeg
bow stitch 3.jpeg
bow stitch 4.jpeg
Everything lined up much, much better this time.

Went ahead and added the epoxy to these seams.

Here's step one of this process. Added epoxy between the stitches.
spot weld 2.jpeg


Step two was removing the zip ties and sanding any build ups. After this, I added the epoxy to the rest of the seam. Here's a photo of that.
full epoxy.jpeg

I am going to let that dry tonight and tomorrow I will sand and fiberglass.

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by OrangeQuest » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:07 pm

Very good work!


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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by BB Sig » Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:01 pm

It looks a lot better!

I noticed you said epoxy. Did you mix any wood flour in it?

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by Fuzz » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:30 pm

I am very happy to see what you did. It will make your life much better. As said you need wood flour glue fillets to hold things together when you cut the ties. If the bow panels are under a lot of stress you may need to use some glass tape also. When you are working on the bow if there is a large gap you can fill it with wood glue and then shape it with a sander. Some of the best looking bows have been done that way.

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by Fuzz » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:34 pm

Well I see I did not pay enough attention to the photos :oops: You already have the ties removed and it is still together :D Good job and it is on to the taping. It is hard to see but if the seams are rough or have low spots you can lay a small would flour fillet over them and as soon as it firms up just a little put your glass down.

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by Netpackrat » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:31 am

Nicely done.

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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by AggieGirl » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:31 am

The interior seams are fiberglassed!! First thing we did was roll out the fiberglass and cut the pieces. Then we mixed the epoxy and wet all the seams. Then we rolled out the fiberglass, added extra epoxy to ensure the pieces were totally saturated, and smoothed out any bubbles or wrinkles. I checked it this morning and everything looked good. It was basically dry and I should be able to trim up the overhang after work. Here are some pictures.

The whole boat
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The bow
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The transom
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The puzzle piece joints
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Re: SK14 in TX

Post by AggieGirl » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:38 am

Yes, I will be powering this boat. I have not decided if I want a 6 hp or an 8 hp motor yet. If I remember correctly, the plans say 8 hp is the maximum.

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