My Backyard Boats:

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Fillets for all my friends!

    06 June 03: The fillets on all the seams inside the hull look very good.

    Today I trimmed the gunwales and gave them a final sanding; I also gave the deck ply a final shaping.

    Next step is to put a fillet on the top of the external chines. This is where the Harmonica leaked on its maiden voyage.

    Cost so far: Add $27.95 for a quart of Sea Green Brightside paint by Interlux, 12 acid brushes for glue-spreading, and $250 for black plastic oarlocks and sockets, for a total so far of gunwales, for a total so far of $289.93.

    Note: I got the three items at Obersheimer's; the oarlocks were incorrectly tagged, but they gave them to me at the tagged price -- $1.50 times two. I got two sets because I need two rowing stations, for single use and use with a passenger. It was good of them to sell the pieces at the price marked. I didn't even have to ask. They deserve your business, too!

    Obersheimer's Sailors' Supply 1884 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14207.

    Time spent so far: Add five hours for taping all the seams inside the hull and applying the thickened epoxy, and three hours on the gunwales and deck pieces, for a total so far of 79 hours.

Fillets in place on all interior seams. Using 3M blue masking tape and newspapers made a job that required no sanding!!! If you wait to pull the tape until the epoxy is starting to set up, you get a ridge and clean edge to the fillets.
This is the top of the exterior chine. It'll get a fillet next time. I guess I should explain that most of Jim Michalak's boats place the chine on the outside of the hull, which means no notching of frames. On a displacement hull, any interruptions in the flow would be impossible to notice. The beauty in Jim's designs is in form following function.
The four deck pieces are dry-fit in place. Sanded gunwales just gleam.

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