January 19, 2023
After final cleaning, I skim-coated the sidedecks on either side of the cockpit, smoothing any minor undulations in the surface, filling minor voids, and wetting out the surfaces. Once that was done, I began wetting out and installing the initial two layers of material for each side. These layers extended over the inboard edges of the coamings by a few inches, and also up the inside edge of the short toerail section where the original winch islands had once been. I let the top edge of the fiberglass run a little wild at the toerail, giving it plenty of room to stick well to the edges of the existing fiberglass.
While those layers set up for a while, I cut the remaining two full-size layers for both sides.
The first laminations brought the field (cored) areas generally even with the adjacent deck edges, as intended, but there were a few variations. With the initial layers cured to the tack stage, I applied a thickened epoxy mixture here and there as needed to ease some of the minor transitions between layers and edges around each side of the cockpit.
Once that had cured a bit over lunch break, I wet out and installed the two top layers of 1708 on both sides.
With the day’s main goal complete, I had enough time left before the end of the day to sand the most recent application of fairing compound on the sidedecks and foredeck.
Total time billed on this job today: 7.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 32°, clear, dew point 24°. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 37°. Snow overnight.