Saturday evening was historic for CMSS, the city of
When we finished laying the fiberglass and other materials over it (as explained in the previous post), we sealed the vacuum bag and flipped on the pump. I believe SAE's Billy Burke got the honor of doing this since he was extremely generous with his advice and time building the plug. After the pump was on, we cleaned and let the boat set over night to harden.
We returned to the boat yard last night to begin removing the plug from the hardened fiberglass. In theory, the plug should have easily popped out, but quite the opposite occurred. Everyone we talked to said the mold is never easy to remove, and they were right. We used chisels, drills, hammers, jigsaws, hands, feet, and handsaws to remove the foam. It was a delicate process, but with the steady hands of CMSS's best, all the foam was removed. After a long night of foam removal, we finally had a fiberglassed hull. It is a beautiful thing.
Now that the hull is done, we now will insert some ribbing to brace the hull form. We are having a design review, complete with elections for next year's officers tomorrow evening at 4:30PM in PH126A. Feel free to stop by and see what all the groups have been working on.
And now for some pictures taken by the often imitated, never duplicated, Mark Fuge: