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    rlheestand
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    rlheestand
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    Added one layer of 3 inch fiberglass tape to the galley side of the galley flat/bulkhead joint.  I have painted two layers of fiberglass over the tape and will sand it prior to varnishing to make it a little less visible.

    View from the galley

    Here is the interior.  I have added two layers of fiberglass tape (one 4 inch wide strip and one 3 inch wide strips).  This should be plenty strong.

    view from the cabin

    Next, sand, varnish and reinstall the galley.

    rlheestand
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    I visited with CLC boats last weekend at the Port Aransas wooden boat festival to look over the prototype teardrop camper and pick up any tips on their construction.  I saw that there was slight delimitation of the galley flat at the joint with the bulkhead (about a fingernail width crack).  They had added a pair of metal braces (very nice looking) to reinforce the joint.  Got a picture of the teardrop, but didn’t get a closeup of their galley flat / bulkhead joint.

    Teardrop #1 at Port Aransas Wooden Boat Festival

    rlheestand
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    Prepared the galley  by sanding off the varnish with 150 grit sandpaper and removing shards of plywood veneer and old epoxy fillet.  In each case the epoxy had pulled the veneer off the plywood sheet.  I added a new fillet (slightly broader) and immediately added a 3 inch fiberglass tape between the galley flat and the bulkhead.  I am waiting for CLC to send a strip of 4 inch fiberglass tape which I will apply to the joint from within the cabin.

    Joint sanded and prepared for tape

    Prepared for tape

    Preparation (detail)

    Preparation closeup

    Tape added

    tape added

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by rlheestand.
    rlheestand
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    Yes, I had secured the battery with a battery strap within a battery box.  I am next going make a battery tie down strap using a ratcheting strap (constructed by cutting down a longer tie down strap from home depot) so I can feel more secure about the strap remaining tight and to make it easy to check and retighten.

    I found on a fiberglass supply sight that the strength of the tape is about 100 lbs / inch in the direction of the fibers, so I suspect that that would be plenty strong enough for a strip running inside the cabin.  I am also considering adding a strip in the galley (belt and suspenders).

    If the problem recurs I will consider the lithium route.

     

    rlheestand
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    Just spoke with CLC and they were very helpful.  The recommendation now is to reinforce that joint with a strip of fiberglass during building.  They are supplying a 4″ strip which I will use to reinforce the joint from within the cabin.

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