Thursday, March 13th

Yesterday I used the slow hardener for the epoxy to install the first wale. So today, 24 hours later it has not hardened up completely since it has not been 70 degrees for long enough. I don’t dare remove clamps to use for port side wale yet.

So I had to content myself with routing 1/4′ radii on the outer wale. I have modified Michalak’s standard 1.5″ by 1.5″ square wale to a first wale lamination of 3/4″ by 1.25″ and a 2nd outer lamination of 3/4″ by 1 3/4″. This yields a “notch” for better grip when man-handling the boat, and perhaps a better deflection of splashes. See photos below. These are not yet glued on, just loosely held by a few clamps, so angles are not perfect, but you can get the idea.

wale1.jpg1/2′”x 3/4″ “groove” visible.

walehand1.jpgBro-in-law Max’s hand for reference.

walehand2.jpgAnother view.

The cross-sectional area is the same, so strength should be equal if not better . I ran this by Michalak and he did not disapprove.

Rain for tomorrow, Friday, and 50% for Saturday, but Sunday looks good.

I would love to have all wales done by end of weekend and bilge panel re spliced.

Bill

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