Fiberglass Boat Build Continues- Keel and Hull Sides

With the keel and the hull sides attached, I can think about filling the hull with foam and carving out the bottom of the hull. As I study the hull bottom as it sits, I notice that the hull sides have some waves in them. Since it is much easier to fix this now, I go ahead and glue then clamp some thin pine strips along the inside of the hull sides about ½ inch below the upper edge. This strip will also help me with the construction of the hull bottom. Once these extra hull pieces are secure, I measure and cut cardboard to act as a surface on which to adhere my dry foam. This step saves me a ton of foam and anguish. I simply attach the cardboard to the hull sides and keel with my glue gun.

Hull With Cardboard Bottom Attached

Hull With Cardboard Bottom Attached

With these cardboard pieces installed, I will only need foam pieces that are an inch or so thick to finish off the hull bottom. Once again, I use the glue gun to attach the foam to the cardboard. The front of this hull requires thicker pieces, mostly because I would rather have thicker foam here instead of dealing with fitting cardboard to these more severely curved hull sections.

Filling the Hull With Dry Floral Foam

Filling the Hull With Dry Floral Foam

After all the foam pieces are attached, I can start sanding them smooth with my homemade sanding block. Foam sands quick and leaves a nice smooth surface.

Half the Hull Sanded Smooth

Half the Hull Sanded Smooth

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