Hello all -
I'm working with a group of middle school boys to build our fist watercraft: a CLC Wood Duck 12. This has been quite a challenge for a group of 13-year-old boys; the parts that I predicted would happen easily and quickly have taken forever, and the parts I predicted to be a challenge came together in a breeze. My middle name should have been Murphy!
We're having a heck of time getting all of the seams to come together perfectly in our "dry fitting" just before we tack weld the deck/tack weld the hull. Anyone else dealt with this? Please tell me it comes together just fine...we're nervous, to say the least. We're super close; it's just the bow and stern ends of the deck that still just don't quite jive. I'm thinking that we'll tack the hull, fillet the bow and stern, tack the deck and go for it. We've already spent copious amounts of time on this step, and we've got to get moving...or else these boys will be graduating by the time we finish!
Also, has anyone ever tried "taping" the joints from the outside, in order to keep any epoxy from oozing out of the joint? For the most part, our seams/joints are tight, but there are still plenty of spots where the gap is 1/16" apart. It's not much, but I can see the epoxy creeping out, which will lead to more sanding (especially on the underside), which will take more time.
I'm wondering if we tape the seams from the outside - would that help? Or would the tape just stick to the epoxy, causing a new level of voodoo? What all have you tried with success?
Thanks for any advice...