Equinox Project | Thursday, February 5, 2009

The cove stripe material had arrived, so because I was anxious to see the final results, I spent the first part of the day installing it.  The owner selected bright gold metallic vinyl for the stripe, and it finished off the boat's appearance nicely.  It's always somehow surprising what a difference this detail can make, even though I know ahead of time that it will make a difference.

Later, I'll get some sheet vinyl of the same color and cut out (or have it done, depending) the crown logos for the bow using the rubbing I created before removing the old logos.


Next, I continued working on deck hardware.  Forewarned is forearmed, and after yesterday's difficulties I was older and wiser, and more prepared for what the installations might bring.  As a result, all the day's installations went smoothly, which was a pleasing thing.  As before, I had to make a few minor modifications to the edges of the liner, which would generally be hidden once the trim panels were reinstalled, in order to allow clearance for nuts and washers on some of the innermost fasteners. 

I installed all the remaining stanchion bases (one to starboard, three to port), the midships cleat on the port sidedeck, and the bow mooring cleats, and cleaned up the excess sealant (though the photos don't all show this).  Then, on the coachroof, I installed the two deck organizers near the mast, two smaller bullseye fairleads, and the halyard stoppers and winches on both sides.  The aluminum cleats aft of the winches were still on the bench as I worked on removing two fasteners that had corroded in place (aluminum cleats vs. stainless fasteners, a common issue), but which would soon succumb to my efforts, I was sure.

Still ahead, I'd need to cut off the excess fastener length on a few of the coachroof fasteners, which stuck just a bit below the plane of the wooden trim that would cover these areas.  It was late in the day when I wrapped up the installation, and I thought it'd be better to leave the cutting for the 'morrow. 




Total Time on This Job Today:  7.75 hours

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