Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Taping the bow internally

This is quite certainly the most difficult taping I have done so far on this project. The space and access is very limited, but I think I ended up with a satisfactory result. The bob stay anchor and all the taping in the front compartment is finished, the rest of the taping will be a walk in the park compared to this.

Internal bow area, bow web at top of picture, keel line in the bottom. Parts of the front bunk at the left. The internal parts of the bob stay anchor also visible.


Front bunk front bulkhead and keel line taping.


External view of the bow area, showing the integrated carbon bow web and bob stay anchor in the bow template.

5 comments:

bucko00014 said...

Hi Tor , I found the front side of the bow bulkhead the trickiest spot . Getting the tape evenly down the sides of the forestay web was difficult . I had pre-made foam blocks that fitted in there and after taping the joins pushed the foam very hard down into it then put some light carbon over the top . That left only a small area that needed peel ply and only minimal fairing was required . Substantially reduced the amount of bog over what would be needed doing it the way the plans are drawn . Cheers , Jim Buckland .

Tor Rabe said...

Thank you Jim. I have already chosen a bit different angle of attack to this obvious problem. I glued the starboard web to hull join and filled in with foam bedded in putty before hull join. Then did the port side now. I will glue the front bulkhead in bedded on a generous putty layer on top of this foam and a wet carbon cloth. Then regular taping above the foam filled area. I plan to do this in the upright hull and I expect it to be difficult and messy...

Tor

Anonymous said...

Don't forget plans call for double layer of tape from web to bulkhead , can't do that if foam is already in there . Cheers , Jim B.

Tor Rabe said...

Thanks, a small step that I didn't get when going trough the next steps I'm afraid. Still thinking how I'm gonna fix that.......

Anonymous said...

I think you will just have to dive in and start digging ! I call it reinforced learning .......... Cheers , Jim Buckland