Clark Fork Drifter Build - Session
Sept 21, 2012
we left the Clark Fork Drifter, the cockpit sole and one side
of the bulkheads had been covered in fiberglass and epoxied.
We only had one 3-hour session for this week, Friday afternoon.
When I go there, our resident heron gave me a hearty "Cheerio!"
and flew away.
We had 2 goals for this session, set up the strongback and get
the sides 'glassed and 'glass the other side of the bulkheads. Our
strongback is kept up in the rafters when not in use, and as the
youngest member of the crew, it is my pleasure to scrabble up there
and get it down.
Bob and Tom were working on getting the boat's bottom set up on
the strongback while Curt and I worked on the fiberglass.
Cutting the 'glass for the sides. We are using 3.25oz
cloth from Duckworks.
We used Payson
Butt-Joints for joining the pieces of the sides together and
Curt is dressing the join prior to us laying down the sheathing
Man, this is tedious. Mixing and pouring the epoxy, then spreading
it with squeegees while trying to make sure everything lays flat.
Yeah, it's tedious, but way easier than trying to do it once the
boat is assembled.
Drift boats are designed to run rapids and navigate on rapid rivers,
so they are designed to turn quickly. To that end, they have a lot
of rocker - 8" in our case.
And that's it for the day. See how we have the sides up on sawhorses?
I am learning to adapt our work environment to meet our physical
capabilities - no one likes crawling around on the floor if they
don't have to.