All plugs have now been leveled off with the planking. I cut them about 1/16″ proud of the planking with an oscillating tool, then used a belt sander to get them flush. I also decided to get the transom done and ready for painting on the name. My favorite graphic design consultant is working up something for me – more to come. Getting the transom ready meant a lot of time with 220 and 320 grit sandpaper for getting the scuff marks out of the ash. Lots of time.
All plugs sanded flush with the planking
The transom looks pretty good after wetting down. This should be how it looks after fiberglassing. The name will go on one side of the upper transom.
Transom after final sanding and wetting down
I also decided to lower the boat, remove the moulds and strongbacks, and get it prepared for flipping. There were a number of reasons – I want to get her out in the sunlight and not get so much dust in my garage, I can’t really do good work when I’m reaching and extending to sand and plane the bilge area, and it’s really not safe. Lowering the boat and putting on bigger wheels will solve these problems.
Sanding the bilge area. This op needs to be taken to the driveway.
Removing the moulds and strongbacks wasn’t too bad. I used two car jacks and put multiple stacks of wood in 4-5 places that allowed me to work safely under the boat. It was stable and I felt comfortable but the car jacks took a while to get into position.
Moulds, strongbacks and wheel assemblies in place under the boat
I was able to unscrew, unbolt, and slide out the various mould and strongback pieces. I will repurpose them (mostly the strongbacks) for a new cart with 8″ wheels to move the boat in and out of the garage, and will also make a cradle for flipping.
Strongbacks out from under the boat
The strongbacks did very well. The plywood one (on the right) was used for my canoe build. Almost a shame to take it apart but it’ll save me some money for a flipping cradle.
Boat interior after removing the strongbacks and moulds
The boat is now much lighter and more mobile. I will need to beef up the new cart with two extra wheels and trade in some screws for bolts, but I learned something with the first attempt. FORWARD PROGRESS!