Sanding. Waiting. Sanding. Waiting

Epoxying the shaft in the boat.

Cut a hole so that half the shaft is above the floor, and half below.

Looks about right.

Now to epoxy it in place. Each layer of epoxy is a messy time consuming process, and before each new layer, the previous layer has to sanded.. after it has cured for 5 hours (1 day).

In my opinion, this is the worst part of the process, always. Polyester resin would be quicker. But I am using epoxy. Slower, but stronger.

Note: two- part epoxy has to be measured and mixed exactly, or it will either get hot and go hard very quickly, or stay soft and gummy and not set.

Note: Using a few drops of white pigment to give the epoxy the white colour.

Note: All parts of the boat hull that are connected to epoxy are sanded right back to the glass with 40 grit and then 80 grit sand paper.

I am finding the following tools most useful: Coarse flat Rasp, a round Rasp, Small Electric Sander.

When I am sanding, I wear disposable overalls, gloves. I hate epoxy dust…. here are some pics: …now I’m going to ‘Bunnings’ to buy more cheap(ish) paint brushes because the Cheap Shop (dollar store) is closed.

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The bottom of the boat has a nice channel that fits the 50mm shaft-pipe nicely.

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Epoxy and Chop-Strand glass slapped on. When it is hard, the Coarse Rasp will make short-work of the excess Mat and epoxy.

19mm Ply inserted between shaft and hull, 19mm ply prop-guard Fin. 1 layer of Chop-strand Glass. Sanded, Filled out with epoxy, Sanded, epoxy…

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