The Cozy Boat
finally needed a new skin.
Seagull poop ate holes in the cotton denim skin. Then the seagulls pecked at the holes to see if it had tasty guts. They pecked right through the closed cell foam layer. Now you couldn't use the boat at all without getting a wet butt.Ray
volunteered to make a new skin.
Step 1: Old and Broken
Here's what the old skin looked like. It lasted a few years, but the seagulls were wrecking it.
Peel it off, exposing the closed-cell foam layer underneath.
Step 2: Patch the Big Hole
Chloe uses an electric turkey knife to cut the hole cleanly into a spear shape.
Then she cuts a piece of foam to match the hole and glues it in using DAP weldwood contact cement.
In this case we didn't follow the directions and glued it in while the glue was still wet. The shape holds it in place and it would have been impossible to insert the plug after the glue got tacky.
Step 3: Patch the Stems
The foam at the stems had separated. I guess I didn't make the foam layer big enough. We added a gore of thick foam, then Ray measured and cut a thin foam layer to glue over the top. This time we followed the directions and let the contact cement get tacky before pressing the parts together.
Then I used the turkey knife to smooth the edges of the patch.
Step 4: Check the Tarp for Holes
I scavenged some gym floor covers from MIT to make the boat skin. Ray and Chloe hold it up to the sun to check it for holes. Looks like some revellers in high heels had put a few holes in it. We marked the holes with Ray's silver sharpie marker.