The frame came out pleasingly stiff. I let the
3M5200 set up over night then I took the frame off the strongback,
turned it over and put the last of the stringers on.
I had to weigh it at that point,
and I was really pleased to find that it was only 12 lbs. at
About six months ago, I ran across
a nice canvas dropcloth at Home Depot and bought it with the
idea of making a sail out of it someday. This seemed like the
perfect time to use it. We also scored some SS staples at HD.
The boat takes shape really fast when you use one of these electric
staple guns. It does take about a thousand staples for each
You go all the way around the
perimeter, stretching and stapling with a small tuck at each
...then you cut the overhang
with sharp pair of scisors. Don't throw the trimmings away as
you will need them for the top.
Here I have done the side panels
and am ready to...
...stuff some scrap styrofoam
in the ends for flotation....
...then stretch and staple the
Now I trim the excess off and
she is ready to paint. I am going to use some teal oil-based
paint left over from another job and Sandra has promised to
paint flames on the front like a hot rod. That should be good!
I haven't weighed it at this
point, but I think it is under 20 lbs still. It's more delicate
than Sandra's since the stringers are Cedar as opposed to the
Yellow Pine on hers, but with care, it should do just fine.
You have to be careful with a boat that is covered with cotton