Sunday, January 22, 2006

Plugged stitch holes

With shop temps pegged at 70 degrees again today, I set about to plug the holes left from the removed stitches. For each of the nearly 300 stitches that had held the hull together, there were two holes, so that meant a lot of plugging. Fortunately, it was fairly quick work. With the Steelers game playing in the background, I mixed up a small amount of wood flour thickened epoxy and filled each hole with a metal putty knife. At this point, the boat is at a milestone of sorts. Except for a few remaining stitches temporarily holding in bulkheads, the hull for the first time is essentially watertight. It would actually float-- at least for a while. A pleasant thought... I guess that reflects progress. Total hours 38.25.


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