I thought I might as well make the float/ beam sleeves while I was at it. Made by wrapping fiberglass around the tip area and then pulling off.
Fairing mixture on the tips to just above the float deck level.
The bolt on the tip has been a constant nuisance, it is just begging to get damaged or covered in resin!
The sleeves laminated on.
After laminating, none of the sleeves would budge at all.! In the end I bonded on some wooden blocks and used a hammer to tap them off. But before that I did as much as I could to break the seal between the plastic tape and fiberglass. I used a 12V car tyre inflator to pump some air up the sleeve. This broke the resin/fiberglass seal in some places, but not over the tip or down the sides. It is also difficult to get a proper seal around the edge of the sleeve. I used some vacuum bagging rubber tape. Without breaking this resin fiberglass seal first, I very much doubt weather I could have got them off at all.
Anyway I am awaiting a replacement, as the sleeves will not budge at all without some more releasing under the fiberglass.
In the end I managed to push an old hacksaw blade partly up the middle of the sides, and then using a Feinmaster type cutter, I made 9 inch slits up the sleeve sides, trying to cut on top of the hacksaw blade. This released the tightness just enough to let me prise open the tops and bottoms with some very thin wedges and push an old bandsaw blade up to the tip in places, thereby breaking the resin/plastic tape seal. Most of the time the blade just tears up the plastic tape and sticks, but I managed to break just enough of it so that it would tap off. The suction/vacuum effect is even stronger on these sleeves, and a hole drilled at the tip definately helps to prevent this.
I have to say nonsense like this really leaves a bitter taste and tarnishes your view of the whole project. You wonder how much punishment you want to take. I now have the pleasure of repairing the sleeves and some of the side layers on the beam itself. As a final insult, the plastic tape came off in 5000 pieces and left most of the stickness behind! Urgh!
The multi-tool is definately my 2nd most usefull piece of kit (after the Black and Decker Power file). You can plunge cut into materials, and it cuts even fresh or thick laminate very well without damage. It is also cheaper then the Feinmaster.