With Kelli's wedding in the rear view mirror, I grabbed the trailer and headed out to Bullhead City to help Helen and Tony build a dory. Not just any dory - this one is a replica of the Susie Too - an early commercial boat in the Grand Canyon. This one is being built for Helen to use on a private Canyon trip in March.
Tony is furnishing the garage and lots of labor while Helen keeps her kayak and canoe livery running.
We finished drilling the bottom for the bronze screws
which took three steps, pilot and clearance bores plus countersinking. Went much faster with two people.
With all the holes ready, we tipped the 1/2" plywood bottom skin up again, painted epoxy on the mating surfaces and added thickened epoxy to the ribs and chine before lowering the bottom skin to the boat for the last time.
After installing six gazillion screws, Tony marked and trimmed much of the excess from the bottom skin while I crawled under the boat to remove any squeeze-out of epoxy from the ribs. This is one time when it was nice that it was a cool (nearly cold) day so the epoxy didn't set too quickly.
We filled all the screw heads with thickened epoxy and set an electric heater under the boat, hoping the little heater would create enough heat for the epoxy to finally kick in the cool (nearly cold) weather we're experiencing. Can't do anything more until the epoxy cures!
The cold weather is tonight when it's supposed to drop below freezing.