I leveled everything up on two planks and blocked up the ama to the right height. The forward kiato is connected to the ama with four struts so I drilled holes through the skin and deep into the foam until I hit the center web. I poured epoxy thickened with microspheres into the holes and inserted the 1-1/4" dowels. The aft kiato only has a single vertical strut installed in the same way. The pitch trim of the ama can be adjusted by moving the lashing point on the aft strut.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
It was time to give the Va'a Motu a little sun. I'd have liked to roll it into the water but the ama still has to be fiberglassed. There will be hiking seats on both sides when I get them made. I also need to make the hull seats but am working on ideas to make them easily removable.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There is an excellent resource on shaping and glassing polystyrene surfboards here:
How to build your first surfboard.
And if your really serious, you'll want to read Burt Rutan's "Moldless Composite Aircraft Construction"
Monday, August 15, 2011
Now all I have to do is cut away everything that doesn't look like an ama.
Unfortunately I have some paying work that needs my attention, so progress will slow down for the next week or so.