Friday, November 13, 2009

Gluing boat together #1

Today I decided to glue the boat together instead of pre-coating the sides with epoxy for several reasons:

1: I have the time to watch the boat as it cures of tonight and tomorrow
2: The temperatures were in the 50's... in a few weeks who knows how cold they'll go
3: I had the place set up in the garage
4: My gut told me to go for it.

Gluing is a pain in the ass. There, I said it.

It sucks, it's messy, it's sticky, and when you're by yourself it's a teeth-grinding frustration fest. ARGH!

BUT!!! This is how she'll come along.

Today I glued the BH's to the sides, making the dry-fit a goodness-for-real fit. I ran into a few problems, namely some gaps around the stem, and BH1 and BH2 were another wrastling match to get them into place as usual, except this time they were all lubed up with glue and were slipping all over the place. In the end, I got them in, though they might be ever so slight askew, if by just a few mm's. Initially when I saw them askew I almost lost it, but I can't lose sight of the fact that I'm building a boat, it's my first boat, and dammit, if the thing floats that will be a good thing.

I started out from the bow to the stern. From what I understand from the plans, you can remove a BH at a time and move aft. To start with the stem, I decided to remove BH1 and BH2 so that there would be less pressure pulling the bow apart when I tacked the stem back together. This, in hindsight was a mistake. The stem fit in nice and neat, but when I went to put in BH1, it pulls the sides apart. By the time I was done with BH2 (goes in a little easier than 1) I had pulled the sides back out to where they are supposed to be, and gaps between the stem and the sides appeared.

I want those gaps filled, I'm pondering a few different ideas.

BH3 went in smooth, but there are gaps between the sides and side arms:

Those too, will have to be filled.

BH4 needed some wrestling, and the transom would have been downright impossible for one person if not for my wonderful wife who showed up from work at exactly the right moment!!! So yay wife, and the boat was finished. A quick sightline down the centerline showed BH2 out of kilter. The port side needed to go down a bit, so I unscrewed the port side, and pushed down. It's still not perfect, and I'm not sure why (except the fact that it's almost impossible to do this single-handed) but I have to accept that and walk away. All in all, a long, tiring, sometime frustrating day, but when it comes down to it, the boat is in one, permanent piece.

You can see signs of BH Wrestling in this pic. Notice the temporary gunwales using old cedar strips that were laying about.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear about those struggles... but the thing is, you got through it! The stem can be filled in...

    You've got yourself a Goat Island Skiff hull! Congratulations!