Post - First
I wanted to send another batch of images showing
some updates on my AF4.
show some work I did with carbon fiber along
the chines. A friend of mine kindly donated
this carbon fiber he had left over from a project.
They use large rolls of carbon fiber to wrap
interstate pillars and other structures in order
to reinforce them for earthquakes.
|These pieces were
50 feet long and about a foot wide. I figured
carbon set in epoxy would take one doozy of an
impact without structural damage. I would have
liked to use more fiber, but it was so heavy that
it eats far too much liquid gold (epoxy).
show work on the bottom and close up images
of the fiber. You can easily see the weave of
the fiber after the first wet out with epoxy.
After a few more coats it smooths nicely. I
used the carbon along the entire perimeter of
|I intended to cover
the skegs as well, but thought it would better
to make them a bit more sacrificial in nature.
I also applied fillets along all the edges of
the skegs and coated the entire bottom in epoxy
I actually had
a layer of fiberglass tape applied to the chines
before the fiber was donated to me, so it really
has fiber over glass which is another layer
for impact protection.
|I was careful to
wrap the fiber as nicely around corners to eliminate
sanding later. Did i mention sanding stinks? Anyway,
I hope someone can use these images as a reference.
The boat is
actually painted with it's first coat of paint
as of this writing, and i will send more updated