After glassing the hull, I’m now ready to glass the planks. I chose to glass the hull in one piece, followed by plank 1 & 2. The plans only call for plank 1 to be glassed, but I had the glass and just felt better about also wrapping plank 2.
With the hull epoxy still green, I laid the plank fiberglass into position (the overlap onto the green hull held things in place). It was just tacky enough to stay put with a light touch.
This was harder than I expected. The plank joints were difficult to get right. Fix the top joint…pull the lower joint…Fix the lower joint…pull the top joint. I finally got a system that worked fairly well, but the joints are not perfect. Some small air bubbles exist. The radius is just too sharp for proper glass adhesion. I plan to sand through these areas to remove any potential future problems with water being trapped behind the glass. The hull chine has 2 layers of glass on all edges. The bow has 4 wraps of glass over the plank 1 joint. I wrapped the glass 1″ over the the plank 2/3 joint.
What I learned:
- The glass takes more epoxy than expected to properly fill the weave (I almost ran out…this would have been disastrous).
- The sides took more time than the hull, due to the lap joint.
- The lap joint didn’t want to lay down properly (there are a few air spots that refused to conform)
- A squeegee is a must to work the lap joint.
I feel a little uncertain as to the proper steps in fairing the hull, Any and all suggestions are welcome.