So the day finally came to cut the boat in half. Here’s some catching up:
I glued the gunwales to the boat. It was a challenging process, but I am pretty happy with the results.
Here’s a photo of the clamping process. I did not use every clamp I owned, but that was just because I couldn’t find a few!
Next, I did some work smoothing the gunwales:
You can see all the shavings in the boat. It was quite enjoyable to get some hard work out of my handtools.
After that , I started putting fiberglass and epoxy on all the joints. I don’t have any photos of this unenjoyable process. Mostly because I did a crappy job. I am not a patient man and I rushed the process. This means the sanding will be that much tougher when the time comes.
So yesterday was the day to cut the boat in half. All the interior and exterior joints were glued and taped. Here are the obligatory “cutting the boat in half” photos:
What’s next you ask? Good question. I need to tape the joints where I just cut the boat. Then I need to cut and install the rear seats, dagger board trunk and the mast step, etc. After all that is done, I must face my demons and start sanding all the fiberglass and epoxy… then I can paint her and see if she floats.