|An empty shelter|
|There is a boat in there|
There are times where proper boat joints are the easiest to make and use. Reminds me I am after all a proper boat builder!
We are now mid September. The weather will soon be too cold for the epoxy to work as it should. That means that I won't be able to fibreglass the cabin top as I had planned. The shelter I use has been up nearly two years and was not designed to stay up that long in all weather. It is now leaking quite a lot when it rains. Therefore, I am now planning to use aluminium sheets to cover the top of the cabin. I have made a couple of samples, one being a piece of aluminium glued to a piece of 1/2" ply with gorilla glue. It does not look like its going to move. So I think this is what I am going to do.
Unusual covering for a boat of course, but I can see many advantages. Pretty bombproof weather wise. No more expensive than glass fibre and epoxy. I can use gorilla glue down to 4 degrees so that gives me an extended building period. There will no need for painting. Not now or at any time. Aluminum is very corrosion resistant. I know aluminium and wood expand and contract at different rates, But our summers never get that hot anyway, and a good part of this roof will be covered with solar panels in any case.
|Sample aluminium border. The batten underneath will still need glass to protect it.|