So far I have applied the first two coats to epoxy to one side of all the bulkheads, the dagger board case and one hull side. Unfortunately there is only so much room to lay out all the pieces for coating so it is going to be done bit by bit. Because I am mixing up some larger quantities of epoxy there is a chance that this could heat up in the pot really fast and set before it is used so the tip I learned was to pour the epoxy on the wood before spreading it out quickly with a plastic squeegee or spreader. The epoxy can then be tipped off with a foam roller or brush that leave as an even coating.
The mast was epoxy and glass coated when it was built some months ago but I was never really happy with the finish, I did it on a day when it was warming up and as a result there was some out-gassing of the wood that had left a finish that really is not great and I have been thinking about sanding it all off and recoating ever since. What had been holding me back is that this is such a waste of time and epoxy but it had been annoying me. I have now run over it with a sander to clean up the first two coats and I think it will look ok-ish once it had another coat so I think I will leave it as it is for now and get the boat built. If it continues to annoy I’ll have to take care of it when the boat is built.
My eldest son had been helping me this weekend, he is only 4½ but I’m pleased that he wants to be involved. We have been discussing names for the boat, I would like a play on the Goat Island Skiff name but he is more interested in Sharks, these are the options we came up with, I’ll let you work out with who came up with each name.
Son of a Goat
Any suggestions, answers on a post card…..