Peeled off all the tape, plastic and peel ply, added another wrap of tape around the gantry tube and along the edge of the deck followed by a final piece of cloth and more peel ply.
Wow, it worked !! I tried making a 300mm length of floor stringer, used a layup of 3 layers of carbon, held down with clingfilm and a flat ceramic tile. A bit of persuation to get it out of the mould and some trimming and there it is ..well chuffed. The layers are not too well consolodated but should work ok
Did a bit more work on the gantry too. I bonded some lengths of tape up inside the tubes then layered these with more cloth onto the taped decks. Covered them in peel ply and plastic to hold in place. Bit messy, but should trim up ok
Many of the NZ Farr's use a rudder gantry to reduce steering sensitivity and to allow the rudder /tiller to be further back, enabling an aftsheeting bridle and to swing the extension forward during tacking. I want to try this along with boom sheeting to keep the cockpit completely clear.
So today I had a go at building an MDF jig to support the gantry pieces whilst glueing. I also began cutting some tube sections that I acquired with the rig.
Will any of this make a real difference in performance.....I doubt it, will it be strong enough, who knows, but it's fun to try these things