Wow, long time no post, but we've been frankly exhausting ourselves with this project. Lemmessee, where did we leave off?
|We finally got done with the damned Epoxy.
After a lot of trial and error and cursing and everything we own either being sticky or ossified, we finally completed epoxy on the hull. The seams, as aforesaid, are done in 6 oz tape, which is doubled on the leading edges to help protect them. The whole hull up the to gunwale is covered in 4 1/2 oz biaxial cloth, and then two coats of epoxy over the whole surface.
|The squeegee proved a much better tool for applying epoxy than a roller or brush.
While still slightly tacky, we applied the bottom paint (Interlux ablative) to make a chemical bond.
|So glad to see the bottom paint go on.
AAAAAAND we messed up. By the time we finished the hull, some parts had fully cured and the bottom paint crazed off. We were forced to do a bit of scraping and sanding on those parts that didn't fully adhere and then to recoat.
|The hull was surprisingly solid when we turned it, no creaks or groans. It didn't seem to flex at all.
Then we covered the thing and hid from the rain for two days. The cover leaked. The thing was a swimming pool, but at least it held water. We used a wet/dry vac to suck the water out, swabbed the inside, and let the sun dry her out.
|Sole going in.
|I would be more badass if everything didn't hurt by this point.
The walls are 2" foam, framed in 2x3, caulked and screwed into place, and will be coated on the outside with an elastomeric coating and inside with an exterior latex. The foam sheets are spendy (about $52 each) but when you combine the light weight and insulative properties, they actually are a bit of a bargain.
|Foam sweet foam.
|Meanwhile, gail started insulating the side walls.
|The framed foam walls are light and surprisingly strong.
|Roughed (and I mean roughed) into place.
|The framed walls (4' 3") will give us 6' 4" over the sole of headroom.
|Closing in. As we're using membrane foor the roof like the original Floating Empire, the roof structure is just simple sheathing.
|With doors and everything. Things coming together more quickly now.
|And here we are thus far, ready for paint and for the roof to go on.