Progress on my Peeler Beta skiff has been slowed by the summer heat and other activities but is making some progress. I completed the interior and applied two epoxy coats. It was time to turn the hull over to glass, epoxy and paint the bottom. However, trying to arrange for 5 or 6 friends/relatives to help me lift and turn all on the same summer day proved impossible. What to do? Heading to the big box I purchased $80 worth of lumber and using old carriage bolts I assembled a scaffold over the Peeler. Two heavy ratcheting tie-downs from Harbor Freight provided the necessary lift and in about 30 minutes of tweeking the ratchets the boat was rolled over and up on saw horses.
So far I have spent about 175 hours assembling the Peeler and probably have another 40 to 50 hours of bottom work and interior finishing. Most of the time is eaten up waiting for stuff to cure. It's difficult to fillet and glass the joints all in one session for a solo builder and sanding the filets before taping adds to the time. All in all I'm satisfied with the build so far and will post new photos when the bottom is finished. The bottom will be red, sides white, seats and floor buff and rest bright. I am going to use System Three water based two part epoxy paint to see how it works out.