Bulkheads finished. Foot braces installed. Hip braces dry fitted, sanded, and lightly epoxied in place.

The bulkheads are completely finished after sanding the high edges off of the fiberglass tape and giving them a light coat of epoxy. The foot braces have been installed and are complete. I cut the hip braces to size and shaped them with a flat file and sandpaper. They were then dry fitted and adjusted until I was happy with the fit. I then masked off the areas on the hull and cockpit coaming where the braces will be epoxied in place and sanded them, after which the hip braces were lightly epoxied in place. The next step will be to make fillets and fiberglass the hip braces in place.

Slidelock foot braces installed.
High edges sanded off of the fiberglass tape on aft bulkhead, and given a light coat of epoxy to make it pretty. Bulkheads complete.
Port hip brace dry fitted in place.
Starboard hip brace dry fitted in place.
Masked for sanding.
Port hip brace lightly glued in place (above).
Starboard hip brace lightly glued in place (above).

2 thoughts on “Bulkheads finished. Foot braces installed. Hip braces dry fitted, sanded, and lightly epoxied in place.

  1. Thank you so much for this very detail blog. I am in the middle of building a Pinguino 150 and have used your blog A LOT the past few days. Hoping to be done with mine by April. I am so impressed with how well yours looks- congrats

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    • Hi Dana,
      I’m glad that you have found the blog useful. As I have mentioned several times throughout the blog and building process, since this was the first time that I had ever built a kayak, like most first time builders I was learning as I went along. I hope you have enjoyed building your Pinguino as much as I enjoyed building the Ronan, and I am sure that you will enjoy paddling a kayak that you have build with your own hands. I know that I certainly do!
      Happy paddling!
      Kent

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