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Building a Two Paw 8 for Trailer Camping

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Today was sanding day. I also sealed the interior with one coat of epoxy. It gets one or two more, with more sanding at the end.  (Yee-hah to the sanding!)

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I’m pecking away at this little boat, step-by-step.  I thought I was getting ready for the big “Cut ‘er Up” step, until I consulted my instructions.  Darn!  I needed to do the quarterknees.  That was my morning— cutting and tweaking these little parts, until I was happy with the fit.  Incidentally, I want to share one of my tricks with you.  I use Adams’ foam board to make my patterns.  You can buy a sheet of it at the Dollar Tree/General/Store for a buck.  It marks up easily.  It cuts with a knife or scissors.  Notchy curves can be sweetened with some sandpaper.  Best of all, you can photocopy your plans and spray-glue them to this board, and cut it out with a razor knife.  I love this stuff!

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Don, when I sawed my 2 Paws in half, a neighbor thought I had flipped and called Carol at work, she was really worried about my mental stability! 

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I can’t wait for that step, Jay!

 

Here’s where I stand, as of Feb. 6, 2019.  Don’t I attach the keel & skeg, before I bring out the saw?  I have to check my instructions.

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I would think that attaching the skeg and keel first would tend to help keep the bottom from losing it's curve. Just my opinion. No facts to back it up.

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That’s what I thought, Chick.  But according to the instructions, the keel comes after the outside seams have been taped.  Very soon, I get to cut her up.  Then, I do my outside taping, button her back together, and work on the keel.  That’s the plan.  But first, I need to get my bulkhead bolts back in place.

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I did the dirty deed today— I cut a perfectly good boat in two.  It went well.  I tried using my Roto-Zip.  It was OK, but a little hairy.  A sharp handsaw worked best.  I started with my grandfather’s old saw, but switched to a sharp one later on.  Don Rausch stopped by to help.

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Hand saws are great; no cords, less noise, lightweight, very effective, and less chance of cutting yourself.  Perfect application Don.

 

Thanks for the pics.

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