WARNING: Based on a few of the comments made about my last Update, some members may find a few of the following photos upsetting..😂🤣
The mahogany used to plank the dinghy was sawn to 3mm thickness, but not planed. This meant that the hull needed a lot of sanding to produce a smooth finish ready for glassing.
Once smooth, I used slow setting epoxy resin and 25g/sq m. woven glasscloth to cover the dinghy. I'm a novice when it comes to glassing hulls, hence the use of slow setting resin. Three pieces of glasscloth were used, one either side of the keel to cover the length of the hull, and one for the transom. 24 hours was left between fitting each piece.
The chine rubbing strips, cut from mahogany were then glued and pinned in place, using 5 minute epoxy and the entire hull given a second coat of epoxy resin. This was left for 3 days to fully harden and then rubbed down with 600 grit wet & dry, used wet. Once smooth, which didn't take long when compared with the initial plank sanding, mahogany rails were fitted to the edge of the sheerplank and the transom. These were pinned and glued with epoxy. Having had to race against time when gluing the chine rails using 5 minute epoxy, I bought some regular epoxy to glue these rails. It has a 90 minute working time, and made for a much more relaxing fitting process.
Finally the rails were masked and the hull given two coats of grey etch primer using a rattle can (!!!). I think it will look great once it is finished with a white gloss topcoat (I know not everyone agrees with that ! 🙄)