April 8, 2020
The new layer of fiberglass inside the repair area required minimal prep: just a quick water wash and some light sanding to remove any rough edges and scuff the surface slightly.
After confirming the pre-cut core pieces still fit as I expected, I prepared for the installation by wetting out the core on both sides, saturating the scrim and top surface with epoxy. Then, I applied thickened epoxy adhesive to the deck with a notched trowel, and installed the core on both sides, along with the solid fiberglass platform for the mast step. Pressing the core into the adhesive, I filled any small gaps around the edges and weighted the whole area down beneath a layer of protective plastic, leaving it to cure overnight. By necessity, there was little else I could do at this point to advance the project, so I spent the rest of the day working on other things.
Total time billed on this job today: 1.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 25°, fog. Forecast for the day: Mostly sunny, 51°