Building the Glen-L HOT ROD - Boat Page 12
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Click to enlarge. A strut pad was laminated from 3 layers of 1-1/2 ounce fiberglass mat.  The idea is to build up the pad and grind it level so the strut can be bolted to a solid base. (07-JUL-2006)

Click to enlarge. A 4-foot level was laid on the pad and leveled with two hardwood strips laid on the hull.  Duck tape was used to hold the strips in place.

Click to enlarge. A 4-foot long sanding board was used to level the pad.

Click to enlarge. Detail shot.

Click to enlarge. The shaft tube was epoxied and trimmed.  Click here to review how the strut and tube were fitted when the keel was installed.  (08-JUL-2006)

Click to enlarge. View from inside the hull.  The plan is to fiberglass the keel before installing the shaft log.

Click to enlarge. Strut and shaft installed.

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Click to enlarge. Viewed from the top.

Click to enlarge. An extra layer of cloth was applied to the keel and the bow area.  If the keel is nicked or abraded, the extra lamination will take the abuse instead of the underlying layer.  (17-JUL-2006)

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Click to enlarge. Since this is a 'wear' layer, sanding will be restricted to feathering the sides.

Click to enlarge. A test batch of white pigmented epoxy was mixed and applied.  It would take quite a bit of pigment or several coats of epoxy to produce a truly opaque finish.

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Click to enlarge. We epoxied a fiberglass rudder port tube into the rudder port hole.  It's a little more work, but if the rudder port sealant fails, water will not be in direct contact with the keel.  (21-JUL-2006)

Click to enlarge. We applied the last three epoxy barrier coats on Saturday.  (22-JUL-2006)

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Building the Glen-L Hot Rod :      Revised 05-SEP-2006