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    Finished the Port side.
    Need to adjust a few lines before clear coating.
    But for now, it is good.
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    The heat is starting to cause the tape to slide off it's adhesive.
    Will continue in the morning.
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    Thought I might post some of my observations about this tape.
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    I bought both, 1/64" and 1/32" tape.
    Did not know which would look right on the hull.
    1/64" was the choice.

    Now the fun part.
    I can not break this tape.
    The tape is mounted in nylon type threads with the adhesive bonding the thread to the back of the white tape.
    I must cut it with an Exacto knife which is not easy.
    Some times I cut it and do not make it all the way through and the tae backing threads and this causes the tape to separate from it's adhesive.
    I cut with the Exacto knife by pushing down ont he tape where I want it cut and then rocking the knife back and forth.
    I can feel the threads being cut.
    Once the tape is on the hull, to trim the tape I have to remove the tape or I will cut in to the hull material. (yep I learned the hard way)
    The tape is easily cut with scissors but getting the correct length when cutting 1/8" long pieces is tricky. (I gave up on that method)
    If I move the tape too many times on the hull, the adhesive comes of the backing threads and I have to cut another piece.
    Come times it is just easier to get another piece.
    Cutting pieces to fit between the two horizontal lines takes some patients to gt right because the two lines are not exactly equal distance apart.

    Up close I can see all the imperfections in the cuts and placement.
    I had to come to terms with, "That is good enough."
    The 5 foot rule. Some times the 10 foot rule.

    At 5 feet the look is good and I will live with it. Actually like it now it is almost done.

    I still have to seal all the tape pieces with clear coat.
    The side panels I did where clear coated and they survives the June run at the pond but I can see where another coat is necessary.
    I still need to get the draft mark decals and put them on.
    They I plan to clear coat the entire hull.
    Going to make the call tomorrow about the draft marks.

    One more thing about this thin tape.
    The adhesive is not that good.
    Some times it stick well and other times not so much.
    When adjusting the placement, I have to be careful to move the tape sideways with no down pressure or the tape slides off the threads and adhesive.

    Sp it has been a 3 for 2 job.
    For every 3 I put on, I get 2 good ones.

    The fun part is all the little pieces of tape stuck to my kitchen table.
    Some form removing from hull and others that just drop off the knife when I go to place them.
    And then there are the ones the jump away when I push down on the knife to cut them.

    God thing the roll of tape is some 500" long and they sent me 4 roll of each size.
    When I ordered, the information did not say there would be 4 rolls.
    I was surprised.

    I should call this project, "Fun with tape. ;^)"
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    This mornings, update:
    My fingers are so sore that today's work on the marks was put off until tomorrow.

    I can hardly hold a glass of water.

    I need to work on bigger parts. ;^)
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    Another update:
    Having been ill and back and forth with the doctors and hospital for 34 days, I seem to have gotten behind in normal everyday things like paying bills, picking up mail in town and laundry.
    I have not gotten back to the Akula II.
    It is still sitting on the kitchen table.
    I have a couple more things to do tomorrow but I have Friday open.
    I scheduled me at the kitchen table until it's done.
    Still need to order new draft marks.

    Being ill for 34 days sure does mess up getting things important done.
    I sure am glad to be back on y normal schedule fo getting up with the sun everyday.
    Best of all, I am back on schedule for Mexican restaurant Mondays and Fridays.
    I noticed this week I have full taste back. Yippee!
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    Woke up early.
    Decided to do some more sonar location marks before doing the real life suff I need to do today.
    May even get it all on there.

    Coming around the bow.
    It will get easier as the lines are now the same length.
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    I have all the lines on.
    I need to adjust a few before I clear coat.
    Not perfect but I am happy with it.


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    Back on it's stand....for now.
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    Up early today.
    No wind...temperature is 90F+.
    Out to the shop I went.
    Masked off the sonar location marks.
    Papered the hull.
    Over 1 hour, I got 3 coats of clear coat over the marks.
    Boat now back on it's stand in the living room.
    Only draft marks to go.
    The decals are not on the Engel's web site thought I have been told by Gregor that they are for sale.
    Waiting for e-mail telling me how to order.

    After the draft marks, I can and will clear coat the complete hull.
    I have clear coated the tape marks as I go so I can run the boat at our local gathering.

    Next gathering is a two day event.
    August 12th & 13th.
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