air bubbles and fiberglass are bad. if you get air bubbles under your fiberglass you have to patch them, if they’re on the exterior of the hull, or just sand and fill if they’re on the interior. my haste to get this damn thing finished produced many, many air bubbles, which you can’t really see in the photo below. but i promise. they’re there. Also, when we didn’t remove excess resin we ended up creating spots all over the interior, which show up, at least to me, after putting on the fiberglass. it kind of sucks especially after all this time and effort put in, but you learn more from mistakes than just reading a book and i know exactly how i’ll prevent these mistakes on the next canoe. this is, after all, the ‘practice’ canoe. I was going to choose darker woods to use for the gunwales, thwarts and seats so as not to distract from the inside of the canoe. but now, with all the spots and imperfections i’m thinking a light wood might be a better idea. to draw the eyes away from the mistakes! oh well. next step is sanding the interior and building the gunwales, thwarts & seats.
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sanding out the interior to prepare for the interior fiberglass. we had to plug the holes with epoxy & filler and made some mistakes. well, we thought we were doing the right thing. well… yes and no. When you’re filling cracks with epoxy, to form a better seal, it’s imperative to get as much excess epoxy off the surface as possible. otherwise you’ll be sanding for the rest of your life. it also creates more problems with an uneven surface. We thought we were getting ahead of the game friday night by covering most of the interior with epoxy as a filler coat, which is necessary, but it was a mistake. we ended up sanding most of that off but not completely, so there were spots. so many spots. we went ahead with the fiberglass when we probably should’ve taken another half day of sanding to get everything super smooth, applied a true base layer of epoxy, sanded that and THEN put on the fiberglass. but we didn’t. and haste does in fact make waste.
we flipped the canoe! but in a good way!! after sanding the shine away from the exterior we were FINALLY able to remove the stations and sterns. Flipping the canoe is super easy because this boat is very light. I could lift one end with one arm and carry it, which will come in handy down the line. The next step is going through the same steps as we did the exterior: sanding/filling/fiberglassing. We’ll be using the 1st and last stations to help make a mold for the dry compartments in the bow and stern.
this is a close up of what sanded epoxy looks like as well as what sanding through fiberglass looks like. don’t do this. the fix is kinda shitty and will require patching the fiberglass. i mean, it’s not the end of the world but i could’ve avoided this if i’d been more careful. also, those little holes above and just to the right of that spot are more fixes that must be made. yay epoxy & fiberglass!