now you’re all in big, big trouble.

If i’m going the full disclosure route, i must confess that we almost screwed this whole thing up about 10 minutes after this photo was taken. We mixed WAY too much epoxy to pour onto the fiberglass. The idea is to get a relatively small amount and pour it out on top of the canoe. Then as it thickens you work it down the sides of the canoe to the bottom. If you’re a pro, you won’t need to gather any excess epoxy or have any fall on the floor or your feet or your arms or your face or your hands. anywhere you don’t want epoxy but it ends up there because it’s epoxy and it hates the world. So, we had way too much epoxy and i was struggling to maneuver the stuff when my Dad finished his side (we worked on opposite sides of the canoe and moved down to one end of the canoe). He asked me if I had extra and i handed him my container. He poured some out and asked if mine had begun hardening. I said i didn’t think so and looked up as smoke began to rise out of my container. that’s not good, if you’re keeping score at home. we attempted to smooth some of that epoxy out but realized quickly that surgery was the only thing that could save this canoe. And in that moment, the entire three prior weekends flashed before my eyes. I did not want to start this process over nor did i want to sand all the epoxy and fiberglass off the canoe. Since we were moving from the center of the canoe towards a stem, we were able to cut off the remaining 15% of the fiberglass. We then had to put a new piece on and overlap so we could mesh the two pieces together. This is not ideal and i would not recommend doing any of this. PRACTICE your fiberglassing before you start on your canoe. see. more mistakes by me. do as i say not as i did.

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