Paper Jet 14

Paper Jet 14
Hull#001 Built by Dudley Dix

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Painting the Upper Deck

Finally started painting the boat! It has been a task I have not been looking forward to based on all the nooks and crannies within the cross members that needed to be painted. It is also a first time for using Interlux Perfection which is a two part paint.

Interlux recommended two coats, I ended up with three for a couple of reasons. Firstly I had the paint and secondly, long term, it would be more durable.

My experience with this paint was OK. First of all it would have gone better if I had sprayed it on. Unfortunately I do not think my neighbors would have been very happy if I atomized a bunch of highly toxic paint / thinners next to their homes so even though I have the equipment I decided to do the old roll and tip.

The other issue is painting large surfaces in a garage. You need to have good ventilation which allows dust particles, and small insects to land in your setting paint so it is impossible to get a perfect surface. Finally, there is the learning curve of using a new type of paint that sets up quickly and does not allow you to brush over a spot if it didn't turn out 100% without ruining the finish.

All being said the finish on the deck looks good for being painted on and for a boat that will be used is good enough!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Drilling holes in the hull!

Next step on the rudder is to mount it to the transom. While I was at it it went ahead and drilled the twin drains at the back.

It is worth noting that I drilled the drain holes first and then I mounted the rudder. Interestingly enough after I looked at Dudley's instruction it may have been wiser to mount the rudder first then drill the holes! Good news is that the height worked out good and also that the drain holes are at the absolute lowest point the hull!

While I was at it I also cut the inspection hole in the front of the deck and widened out the hole at the rudder mount area to install the access plate. I was going to buy a hole saw to do it but decided to just free hand it with a jig saw.

On all these holes I went back and added epoxy to the exposed wood to seal them from moisture.
Rudder Inspection Port

Front Inspection Port

I Also decided to mount some of the hardware on the bowsprit and mast extension. 

So next steps is to get the hull / deck painted. Prior to getting too carried away I wanted to make sure that I had a good way to get the hull up and down off the ceiling without any "strap rash" Therefore, after a little research I went ahead and bought a Harken Hoister. Works pretty slick!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Finishing up the Rudder

Ok, so I have been absent from my boat for quite a while. A second move to Orange County  California and the purchase of a new (to me) Beneteau F235 has put this project on hold for too long.  My goal now is to get this boat on the water this summer!

A few months ago I decided to at least tackle one of the smaller projects which was finishing the rudder.

A few things had to happen:

First of all I had to apply the finish to it. Previously I had put a couple of coats of laminating epoxy. So I sanded it smooth and applied a couple of coats of rub on polyurethane. It is one of my favorite easy finishes and I didnt want to hassel with varnish with all the nooks and cranies.

I attached the gudgeons to the rudder and used a phillips screw driver to make sure they were somewhat lined up

Next step was to attach the Ronstan Battlestick that I bought as a tiller extension

I ended up having an old neoprene diving "bootie" that was past its prime so I cut it up into strips and use 3M 4200 adhesive to glue it into place to hold the rudder straight in the "Cassette"

Not the prettiest solution but it should work fine. With that I would call this particular part done!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I Have Moved!

Ok so I last year I moved from Arizona to Palm Springs California area to get a little closer to the ocean. I loaded up the PaperJet on it's construction frame and car-topped it to it's new home.

The boat took up the entire roof rack and added a lot of windage to the truck. Not sure how good a system this would be to take it back and forth to the water. I'm thinking a trailer will be the better option.

I now need to get my garage ship shape so that I can finish fairing / primer coat and paint it. I hope that 2015 is the year this boat gets wet!

The construction frame work great for transporting

Ready to leave to California

PaperJet at it's new home!

Living on the ceiling once again!

Monday, February 24, 2014

More and More Fairing!

Nothing much to say other than more sanding and more fairing! I read somewhere that you can almost spend as much time on the final finishing aon  boat project than building it. I'm beginning to agree!

I put on another coat of primer and added some more fairing material at the joint!

Will sand it down this weekend and put another coat of primer! Hopefully we are getting close!

Monday, February 3, 2014

More Fairing

The first coat of primer on the hull gave a pretty good indication on what areas needed some TLC. I wanted to make sure that the chines were somewhat consistent so I went ahead and added a bead of fairing material to areas that looked like they needed some help. It was also readily apparent that I did not get enough fairing material on a couple of the joint areas so I went ahead and added some material to those areas also.

It is worth noting that it was a good idea adding a coat of primer before proceeding with this fairing step - It really allowed for some "sacrificial" sanding material so that in the process of  sanding down the fairing compound I would not "break through" the laminating epoxy.

Next step is to add another coat of primer and see how it looks!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fairing the Hull

Had some time off between Christmas and New Years and the weather has been extremely pleasant! So it was a good opportunity to get the PaperJet down from the ceiling and start the fairing process. You would think that a a hard chined boat like this would not require a whole lot, but it turns out that you have to do some blending in of the fiber glass seam tape and the hull. In hind sight I should have used a 4" tape vs. 2" as specified in the instructions that way I could have had some room to blend the tape vs adding fairing material.

The other area that needed some work was the bow, so I applied a liberal amount of filler in that area so that I could get a uniform shape on both sides of the boat.

I spent a lot of time sanding down the fairing material and getting smooth with the hull. This initial fairing highlighted a few spots that needed additional work. Mainly I need to add some more material to the joint in the hull, and secondly I need to add some fairing material to the chine areas so that I get a nice consistent chine across the hull.

I was debating whether I would do a second round of fairing prior to primering the boat, but decided that I would be better off adding a coat of primer and doing the final touches of the fairing over the primer. I really had a couple of thoughts behind this. Firstly, Stan Sussman affectionally known as Paint Boy from Interlux suggested that it would be better to have a coat of primer under the fairing material. Secondly in my effort to blend the fairing material into the hull I was beginning to get a little thin on the clear epoxy coat!

I feel like some progress is being made now that I am seeing a primered hull!

Next step is to add some more fairing material, do some more sanding, and another coat of primer!