It was great while it lasted...

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by CatBuilder, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    I had a good run, but now it's time to say goodbye to the sun and work at night. UGH... ALREADY?!?!?! WTF? :(:confused:

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  2. War Whoop
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    War Whoop Senior Member

    We have dealt with this all our careers and learned long ago how to deal with it.
     
  3. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    Yeah, I have noticed the guys in your pictures dripping wet with sweat.

    The issue is, up here where I am, there is high humidity (not today) and absolutely no wind. In Ft Lauderdale, you guys have that nice breeze off the water which makes it liveable.

    So what are the tricks to working outside? Problems are:

    *Epoxy goes off too fast
    *Wood soaks up moisture from humidity
    *Dew/condensation on projects in the morning
    *Dizzy/stupid in the afternoon
    *Safety gear impossible to wear because you drop dead from it in the heat
    *Need constant water and electrolytes

    What do you guys do working outside in this?
     
  4. War Whoop
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    War Whoop Senior Member

    Wood keep it covered until you use it especially Balsa, you can watch it curling against the scrim.

    With the esters, I had a host of inhibiter's and blended MEKP systems to give lamination time and control the exothermic heat also prevent any thermal pulls.


    Epoxies go to extra slow curing agents and make a plastic sheeting coccon/tent over your project (While working) and add a wall shaker AC Unit mounted on a "Borrowed"shopping cart.
     
  5. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Wood Butcher

    At least you will have the beating of thousands of mosquito's wings to help cool you. They are Cracker a/c. :p
     
  6. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Wood Butcher

    Old Seminole trick: Rub dog fennel on skin as mosquito repellant.
     
  7. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    Thanks, guys. Sounds like I definitely won't be able to keep up the blistering pace I've been on. I have the second half of the hull one day away from glassing right now.

    I wanted to get both hulls done by July, but with all these extra steps and inconveniences, it's not looking too good.

    I like that Dog Fennel trick. I'll have to learn to identify the stuff. Spraying the DEET on every day just doesn't seem like it's good for you. It also stinks.
     
  8. rberrey
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    rberrey Senior Member

    I take a product called KM by matol in the summer , put the bug light away from where your working, buy a d hue and run exaust fans to stay cool , of course our def of cool and yours might not be the same. rick
     
  9. mark775

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    Dog "fennel"? - Is that what they call it there? And you think DEET stinks? Our July skeeters could shuttle your boat for you (almost as big as a mayfly) Thank God they don't itch commensurate with their size.
    I will send you like weight in snow and ice for Mercury dimes... I'll even pay the shipping.
     
  10. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    I'm a little short on Mercury dimes, but I seem to have plenty of ants, various spiders and wasps and hornets to send. Maybe I can scare up a brown recluse or black widow for you. How about a scorpion or two? Alligator? You can open a museum in Homer with rare and exotic species.

    I can put them in a hot box and send them on up in exchange for the ice.

    There's only one thing that comes to mind when I think of FL nature. This video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1pCX8sE-UE
     
  11. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Wood Butcher

    Cat, the secret is if you want to sweat you have to drink water, a lot of it. You must stay hydrated or you risk heatstroke. :!:
    Mark, I have seen skeeters down here as big as mayflies, but maybe your mayflies are bigger than ours. ;)
     
  12. Brian2009
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    Brian2009 Junior Member

    At least you can make some progress. . . it snowed here again today and there is still snow in the yard.

    Your welcome to take the summer off down there and come work on my boat?
     
  13. viking north
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    viking north VINLAND

    No snow here not in a month about 40 to 45 F in the day 30F or so at night. Worked outside today started on the new keel . Talk about mosquitos had a friend in the USAF stationed at Goose Bay Labrador said they were so big there that one landed on the runway and the refulling truck went out.
     
  14. david@boatsmith
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    david@boatsmith Senior Member

    drink lots of water,keep the fans on, keep your epoxy in an old reefer or if in drums, a room with AC. Start early, take the middle of the day off and work the evening. When you starts overheating put your head under water. and pray for October
     

  15. cthippo
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    cthippo Senior Member

    I'll trade you, it's still raining every day here, and I don't have a covered workspace.
     
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