|1/4" Meranti top for the rear seat|
|Laminating the Meranti onto the rear thwart. I used the extraneous epoxy to encapsulate the underside of the front thwart, as well as the transom knee for the Zip.|
|Regrettably, however... after the epoxy cured, there remained a small gap.|
|And a dust bunny got stuck in the epoxy on the Zip part.|
Logistically, I thought it best to encapsulate the undersides of both seats next. This would be the 2nd coat for the forward thwart. I planned to tilt the rear thwart just a little so that epoxy would run into the gap and fill it. Since I haven't trimmed the Meranti top yet, this should help the epoxy flow down into the gap. With the extraneous epoxy, I planned to encapsulate the underside of the sheers on the aft third of the boat, as well as the Zip part.
I ended up having more left over epoxy than expected. So after quickly cleaning them off, I also encapsulated part of the Zip stem and the forward face of frame 5-1/2.
|More encapsulation; trying to fill the gap on the aft thwart. Here it is propped up slightly with a scrap of mahogany left over from the quarter knees.|
|Epoxy drying on the Zip stem & frame 5-1/2.|
Current Status of Zip Parts
|Stem & Breasthook Assembly||Most surfaces have 1 coat of epoxy|
|Frame 5-1/2||Forward face has 2 layers of epoxy. Other surfaces have 1 layer.|
|Frame 4||Side members cut, but have not been planed or notched for sheer.|
|Transom Knee||Coated with 3 layers of epoxy|
|Transom||Side frame members cut 1/4" oversized on outer side. Have not been planed.|