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Ms Lynne G | Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I continued deck work with the cockpit, where I spent the morning sanding all surfaces through my usual rounds of tools and grits, ending at 120 grit on a vibrating finishing sander and by hand as needed in various tight spots.   This process removed dirt, oxidation, and gloss, and prepared the surfaces for the next steps. Only the cockpit sole had any molded nonskid, which I sanded mostly smooth, though I left the after section untouched since I'd soon be cutting open the deck there to repair some damaged core around the rudderpost.


Afterwards, I continued sanding work on the main decks, further smoothing the nonskid pattern with somewhat finer paper.   The molded nonskid patter on the deck areas was sort of recessed, rather than standing completely proud of the other areas, so while my sanding efforts substantially flattened the pattern, and completely removed it in some areas, I had to balance the amount of sanding against removing too much material (gelcoat).  I'd skim coat the surfaces later to fill the areas not already sanded smooth. 

Meanwhile, I sanded the cabin trunk and coachroof through the various grits.  As with other areas on deck, these surfaces had never been painted, which streamlined the surface preparation process since no heavy paint removal was required. 



With the main deck surface preparation complete for the moment, I prepared various openings for repair and patching, including the old instrument holes in the cockpit bulkhead, chain pipe on the foredeck, and old water tank fill, as well as the existing port openings.  At the same time, I reamed out any unneeded fastener holes in the deck areas to prepare them for filling and patching.




Total Time Billed on This Job Today:  7.5

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