Tonight was the most surreal night of this entire project. On the agenda was deck lines, bungees, seat, sheer and keel strips. Surreal because it was so relaxing - the jobs at hand were not dirty (no sanding, no paint, no glue, no epoxy and glass). They were the finishing touches and that, in itself, was a joy!
Joins in the deck lines and bungees were whipped with dental floss and then wrapped in self-vulcanizing rubber tape. It looks pretty neat.
I've gone with the standard crossed bungees on the foredeck for now but will replace with a netting in time.
In my previous posting I wrote, at length, about Gorilla Tape. I mentioned that I was contemplating using it on the sheer and keel. Tonight I made the "command" decision and went with both!!
The tape on the sheer makes for a nice transition from the blue to white.
Below are a few shots showing the sheer tape and deck lines/bungees in place.
Seeing how easy the sheer tape went on and how good it looked, I kept going with the keel strip. I like to call it the "sacrificial gorilla"
I simply ran the tape up the stern, then pulled out the full length to the bow but not allowing it to touch the hull. I lined it up by eye and laid it down on the keel. A little bit of jiggling and a nip and tuck at the stem/stern and here's how it came out!! Any concerns of a twisted/crooked keel were allayed when I put down the tape - nice and straight!
|The sacrificial gorilla to appease the Rock Gods!|
|Nip and tuck!|
|Sheer and keel. Notice the texture of the tape - looks like glass!!|
The plan is to try and get the boat out for a run tomorrow. Forecast is for light winds, sunshine and a temp of 4 Celsius. Sounds good to me so hopefully a trip to St. Philip's is in order!!
Thanks for dropping by - won't be long now!!
p.s. Tomorrow, April 1st, will be exactly two months, to the day, of starting this project!!