|Taping for Fillets|
|It''s not obvious, but there are some|
monster in place here
Then it was off to England. It rained. The whole time. That, combined with the usual long work hours didn't leave much time for sightseeing. But, there were a couple of fun excursions on the way. For one, I was able to get out skiffing on the Thames with Malcolm and a co-worker. Those skiffs are gorgeous lapstrake boats, and they pull oh-so-sweetly. Getting out on the river is always a blast. Thanks, Malcolm!
|A-skiffing we go!|
Finally, a really big highlight was that the last week I was there was the week before the big Farnborough Airshow. Lots of airplanes arrived early and spent the week practicing their routines. I'd get off of work and just hang out by the airfield and watch!
|The F-18s were no slouches either!|
|See the 787 performing was the best of all. While not as exciting a display |
as the fighters, seeing something that you worked on cavorting about is a decided thrill.
With the England trip out of the way, it was time to get back to work on the boat. An hour or two with the sander lead to smooth surfaces, radiused corners, and generally refined lines. That quickly, it was time for the 'glass.
Had I followed my approach on much of the rest of the boat, I would have tackled this one section at a time, carefully masking off the borders, wetting out the 'glass, and trimming it back to the tape line. This is a pretty good strategy for breaking up the work and minimized sanding (no frayed ends). Well, for whatever reason, I abandoned this disciplined process and decided to 'glass the entire lower hull in one go. Was is jet lag? Impatience? Ambition? Yes.
|\Laying out the fiberglass.|
|The great wet-out begins.|
|Epoxy has been applied, and it is time to sand.|
|And thus starts the endless sanding....|