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:

Building the floats - Step 4

by Web FishMar 9, 2013 @ 07:34am

 

Final layer of body filler on the floats. Sanding halfway done:

Building the floats - Step 3

by Web FishFeb 26, 2013 @ 10:37am

 

Time to put some "meat" on the bones of this fish. Polyurethane foam is light, sticky and easy to shape with basic tools:

     

Once the foam is set, its cut down to size and further shaped to produce the final float core:

Foamy Fish?

by Web FishDec 17, 2012 @ 12:27am

 

The hull mold is finally getting there:

 

After a lot of back-and-forth, the decision was made to go with foam hull core with fiberglass skin. On the hunt for the right self-expanding foam now - trying to find alternatives to Great Stuff.