I managed to add the Uni-directional carbon fibre to the port side of the centreboard.
I also laminated another knee.
And also covered the port side of the rudder with epoxy mixed with graphite powder (west system 423) and a little colloidal silica (west system 406). This was a big step because now I can’t see the wood grain or the Kevlar weave pattern. All that remains is the shape of the blade, which is looking good.
Today I helped my friend get a new fridge in a house where the widest door was 28″ wide. We had to take apart the sliding door.
This evening I managed to get a couple hours and I put the unidirectional carbon fibre on one side of the centreboard. I wet the surface with epoxy and the layed it down and squeegeed more epoxy onto the surface.
It’s not perfectly smooth, but I’m happy with the result. I’ll be covering it with graphite epoxy soon and that will be sanded smooth.
I also started laminating the knees that will connect the thwart to the gunnels.
This evening I was able to escape to the boat shed for a couple hours. If only I could manage on a couple hours less sleep a night I would make quick progress.
I added the last bit of Kevlar to the rudder tip
I then started coating the centreboard with a layer of I in-thickened epoxy to seal the surface before I lay the unidirectional carbon fibre. The cedar is quite dry and sucks up most of the epoxy I painted on.
I also started to set things up to laminate the knees needed at stations 2 and 4.
A week ago I received a call from my friend Ian letting me know his boat was free for the next weekend. As luck would have it we did not have any plans. So I took a day off work and made it a last minute long weekend.
It is summer and quite warm in Vancouver and a now realize that I need to get my hands on some slower curing hardener. The West 205 hardener this weekend started to kick in just 15 minutes. I’m going to go get my hands on some 206 hardener that will extend my working time in the heat.