Monday, January 10, 2005

This gives you an overview of what I have been working on and how it fits together - a picture is worth 1,000 words.  Posted by Hello

Next major job to tackle is the running gear. The instructions say "the crux of a perfect fit is in setting the rudder shafts and bearings exactly upright within the hull". The suggestion was to make a jig with scrap wood. The wood you see is that scrap wood and I used some right angle blocks to ensure the rudder shaft was straight. Posted by Hello

The project today was to cut out the excess fiberglass on the hull then sand the inner portion of the hull. I donned my mask and goggles and went to work. When I first cut out the freeing ports I used a small circular saw - this didn't work. Next I tried using a cutting abrasive wheel which worked but broke with some frequency. What I used this time, which cut like the proverbial "hot knife through butter" was a Dremel diamond cutoff wheel. I also used it to touch up some prior cutting. Next I sanded the inside of the hull with an 80 grit and then a 120 grit flap wheel and finally finished off with some 220 grit wet or dry sandpaper.