Thanks to a little help from my daughter, I’m now most of the way through driving the screws to hold the planking down. The new DeWalt titanium drill bits I bought have been a real pleasure to work with, particularly since my older ones had become almost too dull to use.
|Dry-fitting the forward port side planking.|
February brought with it an unusual amount of snow this year. In addition to school cancellations, there were a few days when I got snowed-in at home. I took advantage of these days to draw out the construction drawings for my Zip on a big sheet of eucaboard. I drew the frames out as they would overlap one another, based on their shared x,y axis & set-up level. This will be a great reference for checking the frame parts for accurate shape & for assembling the frames. It is also a very useful tool for checking the relative dimensions of various aspects of the hull.
|My Zip construction drawing on a big sheet of eucaboard.|
Last Christmas, I received a copy of How to Fiberglass Boats, by Ken Hankinson, along with the accompanying DVD. I finished reading it recently, and I’ve enjoyed watching the DVD. It’s useful information for those, like me, with minimal experience at working with fiberglass. It takes a lot of the mystery out of the process, and it's very helpful to watch someone else actually doing it.
Additionally, the book is very enlightening about precautions to take when working with epoxy.
With any luck, I'll be able to fiberglass the Utility’s hull before summer.