Building the floats - Step 6

by Web FishMar 19, 2013 @ 01:59pm


The fiberglass skin on the floats is now done. Ready for the final finish. Before we do that, we should put the frame on water to validate our math (and make sure Archimedes was right :)


Building the floats - Step 5

by Web FishMar 13, 2013 @ 08:30am


Fiberglass week at the shipyard. Floats should stay under 3.5 lb. each to to keep within the overall weight budget:

Mold Resurfacing Still in Progress

by Web FishDec 13, 2012 @ 10:37pm

It's been a slow couple of weeks at PilotFish. Still working on getting the mold in shape. Should be done by the end of next week. Major composites work planned for Christmas break - stay tuned!

RIP Mold Plug

by Web FishNov 28, 2012 @ 07:43pm

So what happens when you mess up your mold release application? Just learned the hard way... Remember that beautiful looking hull model? This is what it looks like tonight:



Fortunately, the mold itself will be salvaged. It will require some extra work sanding, reinforcing and re-polishing the inner surface, but all-in-all it could have been much worse!


The Fiberglass Mold Is Ready!

by Web FishNov 14, 2012 @ 07:52pm

We have a mold! Or at last we think we have one... We might have an issue with the mold release. Or the balsa cover of our plug might be a tad too soft for proper release with wedges. Either way - it will soon become clear.


Getting Ready to Lay the Mold

by Web FishNov 10, 2012 @ 08:07am

Getting ready to lay the mold later today.

  • Mold release - check!
  • Gallon of 3M resin - check!
  • 3M ardener - check!
  • Fiber cloth: check!
  • Filler: check!
  • Mixing canisters and brushes: check!

Keep fingers crossed - first large fiberglass project in many years!

Time for Plan B

by Web FishOct 22, 2012 @ 08:53am

It's official - the hull thermoforming is no longer an immediate option. Luckily, it should not be too difficult to switch to fiberglass hull constructions. The hull frame will have to be turned into a plug for the fiberglass mold. All that is needed are 1/16" balsa sheets, glue and a bit of patience.