Clark Fork Drifter Build - Session
7 (and more)
October 26-27 2012
When last we left the Clark
Fork Drifter, Curt and I had flipped her and put a layer of
6oz fiberglass over her bottom. Now it's time to do some reinforcement.
I'd shown up early to do some sanding (feathering the edge of the
fiberglass) when Jay T. showed up, passing through from Klamath
Falls. He's a fellow builder who follows the Coot
email list. He's built a couple of
John Welsford's designs, beautiful boats.
Next to show up was Bill, a local who loves hand-built boats. I
like this picture - it sort of embodies the Boathouse.
Curt came and started applying the 12oz tape to the chines while
Darrell looked on.
Darrell had come with John, and John gravitated to the plans for
I was really pleased with how well that 12oz
tape laid down over the chines. We didn't have to do any cutting
- it just laid flat on its own.
We'd been working quick, so we stepped out for a dinner at Pig
Feathers, and when we came back, I decided to try and fill the
weave of the 12oz tape with epoxy mixed with microballoon filler
(kindly donated by fellow Coot, Case, of Bend, Oregon.)
Darrell was busy dispensing advice.
And by the time I was done, Bob M. and Dave B. had dropped by.
This was no ordinary weekend - the Coots were gathering for the
Yaquina River Halloween Float, an event that more or less marks
the end of the boating season for the Coots.
We wrapped it up for the day: fiberglass edge feathered, 12oz tape
on all chines, one coat of epoxy over the whole exterior and one
coat with fill over the chine tape. I came back Saturday and put
two more coats with fill over the chines - 12oz has a thick weave.
I didn't get any pictures because of the Yaquina River Halloween
In the next session, we'll do final sanding to feather the edge
of the tape and put a layer of graphite impregnated epoxy on the
bottom. It's getting close to having the exterior ready to paint.