Sunday, December 30, 2007

Vacuum bagging the first lamination on the daggerboard.

Cutting the 6oz carbon cloth and fitting it on the daggerboard. My plan was to hold the board at one end and laminate it down from the leading edge to the trailing edge.

I was not very happy with my hand lay up of the cloth. The cloth stretches very easy. However in the end we get it all in the vacuum bag. I cannot imagine getting good adhesion on a part like this without the use of vacuum.

Here is the daggerboard straight out of the bag with the excess cloth very roughly cut away and presented to the family on the living room floor. Not a perfect job but I can work with it. It is now on to the uni-directional carbon fiber.

At this point the daggerboard weighs in at ~ 8-9 lbs.

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