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by Cruiser
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: inner stem and fibreglassing
Replies: 3
Views: 1730

Re: inner stem and fibreglassing

I am at roughly the same stage and using Canoecraft as a main guide and this forum. Q1: I believe the inner stem gets rounded over so it isn't abrupt. Q2: I plan on laying the glass over the stem and leaving the 2" around the stem dry until the area surrounding the stem is wetted. Then I will cut th...
by Cruiser
Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 61501

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

Well, for better or worse the outside is fiber glassed, it went better than I expected but worse than I had hoped. I know a few runs in the epoxy are expected, but I think the boat waits until you leave to create them. I plan on leaving the hull for 5 days and then sanding from the keel to the edge ...
by Cruiser
Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Applying Fiberglass and Epoxy - safety
Replies: 7
Views: 3636

Re: Applying Fiberglass and Epoxy - safety

Thanks Jim, was just looking for a second opinion. I was going to glass tomorrow and then sand and glass inside next weekend. In between, I want to get a start on extending the gambrel roof on my shed outback, to make a canoe loft, so the couple of weeks waiting on epoxy can be put to good use. Brian
by Cruiser
Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Applying Fiberglass and Epoxy - safety
Replies: 7
Views: 3636

Applying Fiberglass and Epoxy - safety

Planning on glassing the bottom of my canoe in a couple days, both an exhilarating and terrifying thought. I have read materials supplied with my epoxy (east system) and looked through the forums and wonder if it's as easy as it seems. I plan to work in an open garage, with a fan at the main door, b...
by Cruiser
Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 61501

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

It's going pretty well, just finished initial sanding and wetout.

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by Cruiser
Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Heading out to figure out best way to do the bottom planks to the sheerline .... that should be fun
by Cruiser
Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Guess a pic would be better

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by Cruiser
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Just finished another milestone, bottom is closed ... tomorrow I will remove all the clamps on the bottom and start putting on the last few planks to the sheer line. Once those are on, I will likely design and build a set of wheels to attach to the strong back, so I can do the sanding in the drivewa...
by Cruiser
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Things are moving along, I cut the centre line on the weekend and started laying the final strips. Since I included an accent strip, I am going slowly to "adjust" the fall of strips , so that the accents line up perfectly. It took a little figuring to come up with a smooth way of adjusting the first...
by Cruiser
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: 16' Prospector is finally done.
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

Re: 16' Prospector is finally done.

Absolutely beautiful canoe .... you did a great job.
by Cruiser
Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 61501

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

Thanks Randy,

Definitely glad I asked, I really didn't have it ... now I do.
by Cruiser
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Project Directories
Topic: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"
Replies: 97
Views: 61501

Re: Freedom Solo 15' 3" or 16' 2"

Hi Randy, I am still a bit confused on fitting the stems, and I figure how I cut the strips at this point is going to impact that process. Did you have any pics before (or as) you were fitting the stems. It appears that after the turn to the keel, the strip slot is formed into "V" to the inner stem,...
by Cruiser
Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Coming up on the transition from vertical to horizontal on the bow and stern stems, have a few butterflies about that, but it has gone so well, so far, I just have to have faith I guess.
by Cruiser
Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

It's amazing how time slips by when you stripping ... the canoe. This is my progress to date, it is actually recognizable as a canoe now.

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Hopefully, I got the picture load correct.


Cheers
Brian
by Cruiser
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"
Replies: 71
Views: 73527

Re: New Solo Canoe - Freedom 15'3" and 16'2"

Well, the chine didn't defeat me, it is complete, i am happy with the results and have started installing regular strips towards the keel. I really like the tape approach, but decided to try the stretchy plastic film they sell to do pallet wrapping. There was a roll left over from my speaker project...