Saturday, February 13, 2010

Transforming Panta Rei into a wooden boat

Still working on the front beam structures, I needed a solid fibreglass or hardwood core.  I had a few pieces of oak after last year's refurbishment and decided to build a wooden boat.  The pieces trial fitted.  The opening cut roughly to it's final shape.

Glued them in with micro fibre thickened epoxy and let the epoxy cure a bit. Then I filled around the edges. Doubler plate laminated.

This is the front beam bulkhead waiting for the last reinforcing structure:  The opening flange.


Have you ever wondered what a piece of oak looks like when covered in substantial amounts of carbon fibres?  Actually almost the same as any other carbon fibre structure... 


CrashGybe 22 said...

Ok now is the hard and interesting part, the forward passageway flange. Good luck, I will be wanting a full report of what to do and what not to do.

Tor Rabe said...

It was not so hard, just invisible. I'm not sure I gathered information on what not to do, but it seems what I did could work out. Well, still the inside tape to do.