We ended up going climbing and camping in Joe's Valley for our anniversary. It was pretty relaxing and nice to get away from everything. This is a big reason we wanted to build the boat in Salt Lake, because it's just so easy to get away to so many amazing places.
Pristine Joe's Valley sandstone bouldering.
Beth and Rumsy
We were dog sitting Rumsy and Chili, they loved going camping at least as much as we did.
This last week has mostly been work on the bow section. As it has a lot of shape we are laminating it out of three layers. The fist layer was just two big sheets, here you can see the second layer going on at 45 degrees to the fist layer.
The second and third layer are done in as wide of strips as I can bend onto the boat. Here I have kerfed(made shallow cuts) into the plywood to help it bend around the more curved sections.
The plywood is glued and fastened with temporary staples and some screws. The little wood pieces make it easy to get the staples out later.
It's hard to see, but this is the third layer, which goes 90 degrees to the second layer, a process which is called "double diagonal planking." This ensures that all joints and seams have been overlapped at least once.
After the sheet is attached to the hull, we take a hammer and tap all over the sheet to listen for voids in between the layers. The difference in sound between a solid spot and a void is distinct. I've seen this method used not only to find voids but to detect rotted sections in wooden boats and to check the condition of fiberglass windmill blades.
Our big baby is moving steadily forward. A few hours ago Beth and I put the last layer of plywood on the bow section of the boat. This is huge for us, the hull is totally sheeted now, it's awesome.