Steve's Tolman Project 31st page...

May 25th and 26th, 2003

Got in about four hours of epoxying and glassing on Sunday and on Monday. I'm finally getting around to taping up the stringers and the transom. I first tackled the transom. At the bottom/transom joint there was an area that I had ground down when I initially fit the transom to the bottom. This was the rather large bottom fillet that extends from the transom forward to the bow. So I filled this area and then gave it two layers of 10oz fiberglass. Next on the agenda was to tape the bottom/transom connection. Renn calls for 4" 6 oz tape, but I felt that a nice fillet covered with 24 oz Biaxial tape followed with a cap of 6oz tape would make for a better and stronger connection. So I went for it. I've been conservative all along and have mostly followed Renns specifications. In this case I still don't have an out board motor, and since I might just put on a cheap used motor to get me on the water sooner, and I have no idea how much such a motor may weight or how much horsepower it may have, I figure if I slightly over build then I'll be in good shape. Mind you I'm not going overboard in the overbuilding department. Just making sure that my skiff will be long lived. While I was at it, I glassed the inside of the transom from the bottom up to the 2x8 motormount. I will probably glass the 2x8 later also, even though this isn't to spec. Funny thing cause Renn is building a Jumbo for himself right now and he's gone ahead and glassed the 2x8 also.

Then I tackled the stringers. Well actually I only had time to tackle one side of one stringer. This is leaning over, back breaking work. Kept forgetting to put on my knee pads so by the time Tuesday morning came along, my lower back was trashed. ouch. Anyway, the procedure is as normal, sand in the areas to be epoxied, vacuum up the dust, wipe down with a damp rag moistened with water/ammonia mixture, wipe down with damp rag (just water), let dry, pre-coat with unthickened epoxy, make a fillet the full length of the stringer (16 or so feet), re-coat with unthickened epoxy so as to smooth the fillet out... Then after this has cured a bit, cut biaxial tape to manageable lengths of five feet or so, pre-wet out the tape on a piece of visqueen, roll up the tape, climb back in the boat, and unroll it on top of your still wet fillet. Do the whole one side of the stringer and then cap it with 10oz glass tape that extends 2" beyond the edges of the biaxial. Wet out the capping tape and after it's cured, give it one more coat to fill the weave. Worn out? I was.

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