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Friday, April 8, 2011

Fiberglassing and Control Panels

Here's some more progress. The pictures show the hull area ground clean and ready to have the new stringers added and the hull thickness built up.

The stringers are built around a foam core form which is epoxied in place before glassing over.

Next you can see one of the stringers with a first layer over it, then on the other side a layer over both the stringer and hull. There are two ore layups required to get to the 7/8" of additional hull thickness required.

Earlier this week another pallet of components arrived, and today I got the touch screen control panel installed in the lower helm. There also is a remote enable/disable control panel on the fly bridge which I installed, but didn't photograph yet. Stay tuned for that part.

I also spent some time with a helper today marking off the fin position on the hull, including it's fully deflected position in both directions. In the outboard position, the fin will hit a chine on the hull, so the fin needs to be notched to clear it. The measuring is so I can tell ABT how to make up the fins. I want to get them going since it will take 3 weeks or so to fabricate them.
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