Sunday afternoon, Joshua and I drove to Golden, Colorado so he could practice with the Colorado School of Mines soccer team. I thought he looked pretty good compared to many of the players out there. He may go back for a school open house tour later this week or next week. The Colorado School of Mines is arguably the best engineering school in the states surrounding Colorado, including: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma. In two weeks he and I will be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to visit Case Western Reserve for their open house. He’s been accepted at both schools and also Georgia Tech.
Well, I’ve expoxied the entire inside of the kayak hull. The dark lines are thickend epoxy with fiberglass tape over them and then all is covered with unthickened epoxy. I’m now ready to flip it over and clip off all of the wires (stitches) and begin sanding the outside of the hull in preparation for finishing.
I stitched together the sides and then the bottom to the sides. I’ve got sore fingers from twisting all of that 18ga copper wire, but I think it’s coming along nicely.
It was very nice last week and this week promises to be even warmer. Paul and his good friend Robert bask in the sunshine after playing an indoor soccer game on Sunday. They were pretty tired, especially after playing a 90 minute outdoor soccer scrimmage on Saturday. It’s suuposed to be 71 tomorrow, so maybe I’ll get out and play some pick-up soccer during lunch.
Here is a photo of the sea kayak keel after I drilled 1/16 inch holes all around the edges of the bottom panels and then used copper wire to stitch the each half together. The kayak sides are lying next to the bottoms ready for the sheer clamps to be glued on.
As promised here are more kayak pitctures. The sides and bottoms are on the garage floor awaiting glue. I think that I’ll do that step tomorrow as I want to make certain how to mix the epoxy with the Cab-o-sil thickener. And, re-measure everything to spec.
Paul participated in three events of this year’s Science Olympiad. Here he is shown testing how much weight his balsa wood tower can hold. It was able to hold the maximum required weight without crumbling. I think he placed seventh in the event because he and his partner did not turn in the construction log (which they didn’t do). His school made the state meet, so he’ll have another chance to show what he can do.