December 29, 2022
I sanded the small patches on the rubrail as needed, this time with 80-120 grits, and at the same time sanded the entire topsides with both grits, bringing most areas to their final stage of readiness, other than minor ongoing repairs in select areas.
Next, I went over the entire hull with a close visual inspection, marking any small areas requiring additional attention–gelcoat chips and scrapes, chipped transom corners, a small air pocket or two, and other minor pockmarks. With such areas duly marked, I went around with a small rotary grinder and ground out loose and damaged material, or slightly dished out as needed the minor interruptions to allow for better bonding with the repair filler. Then, I applied epoxy fairing filler to these various areas around the hull.
I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up the shop and boat after the week’s sanding efforts and to prepare for a meeting with the owners and canvas contractor on the morrow.
Total time billed on this job today: 5.75 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 25°, partly cloudy, dew point 23°. Forecast for the day: Mostly cloudy, 39°