September 2, 2003 : Filleting the Bulkheads and Bow - We weren't idle during August. We had three sessions during which we applied epoxy fillets to the bulkheads.
We went to school on the first fillet, which was applied to the inside of the transom. First, we decided to mix up a large batch of epoxy and thickener so that we could do the entire transom in one step. This turned out to be a mistake. The nature of this epoxy is that the larger the batch, the quicker and hotter the cook-off. We laid the first fillet on the inside of the starboard plank, and I ran the spreader up the joint several times to get a perfect fillet. This also was a mistake. The more shaping I did with the spreader, the softer it made the fillet. On about the third stroke, the fillet turned to the consistency of butter and started sliding down the side of the transom. The lesson here is to use manageable amounts of epoxy, put it on thickly with the applicator, and then take one swipe with the spreader.
This is the second fillet. As you can see, we followed our own advice!
This is the third fillet. It went on smoothly and without a hitch.
Now on to the important news. For some reason which I cannot fathom, Roger has decided to bike across the U.S.!!!!!
Roger has put a lot of planning and effort into preparing for this trip. He has biked about 20 miles a day to stay in shape, and has joined a biking website. He will be flying to San Diego on Friday, September 12, 2003. From there he will bike across the southern U.S. and complete his journey in St. Augustine, FL. This trip will take the better part of three months. You can follow his progress by logging on to his journal at: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/journal/?handle=roger_03_tour.crazyguyonabike.com
Roger has helped me get through what I consider to be the toughest part of this project and will be sorely missed. Bon Voyage!