January 31, 2023
With the large area of the coachroof, plus other areas to address, I spent the morning sanding fairing compound and patches, and cleaning up afterwards. This left the coachroof in generally good shape overall, with low spots in the expected areas: at some of the edges, where I was blending in between the molded nonskid and the surrounding areas; and around portions of the core repair to starboard, in particular. The sidedecks were shaping up nicely with only minor work remaining ahead.
In the cockpit, I sanded flush the laminate over the instrument holes, and scuffed as needed the beginnings of the repairs to the larger openings at the aft end.
I sanded the first coat of fairing filler on the sea hood, and also the new laminate on the three patched through hulls in the counter.
In the afternoon, after final preparations, I applied more fairing compound to the coachroof, along with the instrument hole repair and the counter repairs, and some additional work on the starboard deck outboard of the cockpit. Then, I applied more to the sea hood as well.
I made simple patterns for the core and laminate, as needed, at the cockpit repairs, then finished out the day cutting fiberglass and 1/2″ balsa core for these repairs.
Total time billed on this job today: 7.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 23°, overcast, 3" snow overnight, dew point 20°. Forecast for the day: Scattered flurries, 26°