Final beam sand, tillers fit to rudders

Liam and Oliver scratched their heads about how to keep a mast from kicking out.  Then they lined up and began to drill a hole through the upper two planks.  Stymied by lack of power drill energy, the spent some time sanding the of the madrona forks that Scott and Liam found up on San Juan Island last week.

Luke smooths a rudder
Luke smooths a rudder

Scott and Mike started the final sanding of the final beam.  We were joined by Luke and Drew and together we finished the sanding in ~45 minutes.  Then Luke and Scott sanded down the 2 coats of epoxy on the tillers while Thomas helped Mike and Drew figure out the proper placement and size of the rudder/tiller “notch.”

After Luke orbital-sanded one of the rudders a bit, he headed home with Drew.  Thomas also retreated after generously sharing his latest brew — a slippery stout with overtones of Jaegermeister.  Mike and Scott glassed the second side of the rudders.  Finally, Scott finished up the mast step, at least the hole saw work and gluing up of the 3 plank-layers.

Young Luke and hull
Young Luke and hull

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