Hi, my name is eric. I have a ch 17lt that was built in class at CLC during the week of
19 May. I have been working through the various details remaining since end of
class and have arrived at the point of having taken the boat down pretty uniformly
to 120 grit sandpaper. There are many pictures of the construction of this boat
I have a general problem that can be seen in this picture:
Just by the bright copper wire you can see where the glass has sanded through.
The boat is hull up in this pic so that would be the lower edge of the starboard
side panel just above the chine. You can see evidence of fiberglass tape patches
on either side of the sand-through where I had previous trouble.
Root of the problem is that, that was the first area of the boat I attacked with
my neophyte sanding technique and 80 grit paper on a a ROS. Side panels
are of course complicated by the layer of deck glass overhang, runs, and I
think, my insufficient fill of the glass weave on the lower part of the side panels.
I think I generally sanded too thin on the lower part of that side panel. So even
though I patched some earlier problem areas, I now have the problem of
trying to feather those patches in while not sanding through areas to the
side of the patches which are also very thin. That is what happened with
that new area! Viking funeral?
I am guessing the real solution is to lay down a long piece of glass ribbon along
much of the lower side panel where the glass is already thin and then spending
some more quality time with a sanding block carefully feathering that in.
Or what if I just slapped some epoxy on it and let it be? I ask about the
"slap some epoxy on it" strategy especially because there are one or two
other very small spots near the complicated areas on the stern where that
might be a reasonable solution? How important is it to have glass over the
wood of the area is pretty small?
I have one or two other deep philosophical questions regarding how to
interpret what I am seeing while I am sanding, but this post is already too
long so I'll just leave it at that for how:)