After doing some homework and stuffing my face with delicious burritos, I decided it was time to get working on the PD Racer. Partly because my eyes were ready to fall out of my head from staring at the computer for so long. And partly because it’s beautiful sailing weather, and I’m still in the middle of repairs.
Let’s finish them!
First order of business was shaping the new leeboard. When I last left it, it was two pieces of 1/4″ ply glued together. Supposedly, you can actually sail like that, but it’ll create quite a bit of turbulence. Turbulence makes the boat ride poorly, and is therefore unacceptable. Block plane to the rescue!
After getting the board shaped, it was time to unbox the fiberglass. I ordered 10 yards of it, because I thought it would be wise to have extra on hand. Also I heard to try to buy your cloth on rolls, if at all possible. The place I bought this from comes that way without an extra charge if you order 10 yards… “Two birds with one stone!” says I.
I would have liked to take more pics as I was working on the glassing. However you need to work fairly quick, and my (gloved) hands were gross with epoxy. I’m trying to keep my cameras at least mostly nice.