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    Sanded the railings.
    Found a few more spots that need to be fixed.
    More glazing applied.

    The two top caps have been sanded lightly and drilled to accept the small wire pins I plan to use to hold the railings in place once the glue is applied.

    Did a little work on the bowsprint.
    Did some measuring and the back end of the bowsprint was short 1/16".
    It would have been fine had the mounting screw holes not already been drilled and tapped.
    Made a square plastic shim and glued it to the bowsprint.
    After it cures and I sand it to shape, painting will take place.

    Time to look for boards or steel bars that will reach across the hull to hold the top caps down when I glue them.
    These are so I can set weights.
    It will also keep both rails flat with each other.

    Planning for next week.
    The hull is very close to complete.
    It may be time to repaint the complete hull.

    Then work can begin on the staying rig.
    Some of it done but there is the rig to hull connections left to do.
    Got to figure out how to make it disconnect easily for transport and assembly at the pond.
    I have several ideas, everything is starting to come together.
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    Bowsprint lengthened and painted.

    Side rails sanded and one side needs more glaze.
    glaze applied.

    Other side now has top cap glued, pinned and installed.
    Weight is steel square tubing and boxes of lead parts to hold it down while the glue cures.

    May still be time later today to install the second side rail.
    When the current glue starts to cure, it looks like a light yellow foam.
    Once this starts, the part will stay in place and I can remove the weights and steel tubing to install the second rail.
    Then put the tubing back in place across both rail caps and weight is all down over night.

    update: second rail cap installed.
    everything is weighted for the night.

    The good part of this foaming glue is, I can still move the parts a little to make sure they are in the correct place.
    Had to move a 3" section of the first rail.
    It had moved as the foam expanded.
    Couldn't go far because of the wire pins. (about 1/16" . . . maybe less but I could feel the part was off center with my fingers)

    I will go out to the shop in about 3 hours and check both rail caps to make sure they are still in the correct place.
    The first one should be all but permanent.
    The second one should still be movable if needed.
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    The glue has cured.
    There is trimming and clean up to do but here's a close look from deck level.
    Lot of fine sanding in my future.
    But while looking at this close up view, the consider that the deck boards are less than 1/4" wide and so is the top cap.
    Most of the imperfections will disappear after priming and paints. (when I get there)
    I will do cleanup because I know how it looks now.


    Time to install the bow sprint permanently.
    The bow sprint is glued and held in place with two screws down through the deck in to wooden blocks under the deck.

    While I am at it, might as well install the bow railing.
    Glue applied and part set in place.

    Weight added on top of railing and there are blocks behind the rail to hold the angle.
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    Ended the day by installing the stern splash rails.
    Drill for wire pins.
    Cut a bunch of short wire pieces. (5/8" long)
    Put the splash rail on top of the rail cap and drilled through the splash rail holes to make the holes in to the rail cap.
    Insert one pin at a time and hammer it down with about 1/8" sticking above the splash rail.
    Only reason for this is to know I have already put a pin in that hole.
    Tried putting two in one hole and that did not work.

    With the pins inserted the splash rail can be pushed down to the rail cap and bent to the curve of the hull.
    Yea, this is going to require....you guessed it....lots of weights.

    This is plastic to plastic so I can use the bonding cement for plastic.
    Turned the hull on it's side at a slight angle.
    Then apply the bonding cement that is very thin and let it flow between the two parts.
    I can see the cement coming through to the other side so I have enough.

    Put the hull flat on the table and start staking weights as I hold the splash rail down and bent as needed with my fingers.
    I used steel square tubing to support the weights.
    With one every 1.5" I can control the rail rather.
    I drive the pins all the way down as I go.

    Let it all sit for 10 minutes and then did the other side.
    Once I got all the pins in and cement applied, I put the steel tubes across both splash rails and then again added weight.
    This time I use a 25# bag of shotgun shot because it forms to the curve that the rails have fore and aft.
    Added a few of the ballast weight on the very stern to get around the mule sheet stand.

    Tomorrow, I will trim the bow rail piece.
    I left the ends long so I could file and sand to size.
    Worked on the stern piece.

    While in the shop, I made several wooden blocks to fit between the rail boards and the top cap and other things that need cleaning up.
    The largest block is 7/16" wide and maybe 2" long.
    The rest are smaller and more flexible so I can bend them to the shape of the hull while sanding.
    This means the time to apply glaze to smooth out some surface is coming up quickly.

    I will try to remember to get photos of before and after I remove the weights.
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    Here is the photo of the stern.


    Sat over night.
    Removed the weights and tubing.
    Place the cabin on for a look.


    Next, I did the same to the bow splash railings.
    Drill, pin, cement, steel tubing and weight.
    Will let sit for a few hours.


    A look at deck level at the tubing holding the weights.
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    Weights removed.
    Some sanding to clean the top of the splash rail.


    Moving on to the corner knees.
    Need one for each corner of the hull and hs two belaying pins each.
    Cutting parts to glue together. (I don't happen to have anything wide enough to make them out one piece)


    Glue applied and squeezed together with.... what else? .. ballast weights.
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