This week in the Shop

Time sure has a way of flying buy, maybe it is the business of the holiday season, or maybe it is the deadlines of boat shows no matter how far off in the future they are. The next show for me will be the Cape Cod Boatbuilders Show in Hyannis on the 22nd of March. That seams like a long way away, but in boat shop days it just isn't that distant.


There are three new builds that need to happen for the show, and the past couple weeks have been busy with holiday necessities and shop time to make it all happen.


The peapod mold was finished last week and the first hull was laminated on the mold on Friday. We are laminating the first couple boats right over the plug I built so that we can determine the performance before committing to a full female mold. I actually like molding over a male form quite a lot. The inside of the hull comes out perfect; and that is the hardest part of fairing on an in mold layup. Of course the outside of the hull needs a decent amount of fairing in preparation for finish but taking the longboard to the outside (Convex) shape of a hull is actually very enjoyable, at least to me.


Finished mold with vacuum flange in place

Placing Spherecore core materials before outer skins

I'll add a photo of the finished hull soon, once fairing is complete. The hull laminate is a layer of 6 oz fiberglass on the inside, followed by 4mm Spherecore then an outer layer of 6 oz cloth, a 2" additional fiberglass tape along the sheer, then a layer of 2 oz cloth over the whole hull. After fairing another layer of 6 oz cloth will be glassed to the outside. Initial weight before the final 6 oz layer is only 44 pounds! Our goal is a finished peapod rowing model with a weight under 125 pounds. The second hull to be built will be a solid laminate hull without the Spherecore coring. That hull will be a combination of S-glass, Kevlar and Carbon Fiber. Our goal is to compare dimensional stability (of the hull skin) with weight between the two layups.


The second hull will be outfitted with a dagger board, a single rowing thwart, and a Ljungstrom sailing rig on a carbon fiber, rotating, airfoil shaped mast.

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