April 14, 2020
After the usual round of sanding, this time with finer paper, the contours of the deck repair began to approach the final shape required, at least in an overall sense.
The work at the extreme edges of the repair where it met the coachroof had been inadvertently sanded a bit flat through the process, so for the third round of filler, I worked to build this edge up a bit so I could recreate the smooth curve at the transition between cabin side and coach roof. As before, I demarked the point-of-no-return edge with masking tape during sanding and fairing, then removed the tape while the epoxy was still wet to leave a clean line. For this round of fairing, not only did I focus on the outer extremes, but also worked as needed to fill and fair areas in the field where there were still minor low spots, as well as fine-tune the edges round the hatch and mast platform.
In other news, the owner had requested that I install a mast hinge that he could use to make raising and lowering the spar easier, and I’d ordered the appropriate hardware, which was now on hand. It was a nice-looking fabrication, hinged at either end with a removable pin, and looked well up to the task.
Total time billed on this job today: 2 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 44°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 55°