Cutting the Kevlar and applying epoxy
Prior to epoxy, the Kevlar was cut to length (about 3” long each end) and the “wedge” sections cut from both sides; bow and stern. The S-glass for the bottom “football” was also pre-cut.
The Kevlar is then pulled back halfway and the form wetted out with epoxy. The Kevlar is then carefully laid on the wetted form and wetted out from above. The S-glass halves are then carefully laid out from gunwale to keel on each side. The S-glass “football” goes on top, and everything is fully wetted again.
Kevlar draped over mold Mixing epoxy “Wetting out” the Kevlar
Epoxy applied to Kevlar and S-glass (and to fingers)
We used extra slow epoxy hardener for the Kevlar and slow epoxy hardener for this S-glass. Curing time is about 24 hours, but dry to the touch in about 6 hours.
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