February 6, 2023
My focus turned to the cockpit, which hadn’t seen much direct attention yet beyond the repairs at the aft end. Now, along with sanding the fairing compound on the repairs, I sanded all the cockpit nonskid as I’d done elsewhere on the boat, removing the bulk of the texture and preparing it for additional work.
Continuing, I worked on the foredeck to sand as needed the most recent application of fairing compound, which had been concentrated along the edges and centerline. A few minor tool marks remained here and there, but otherwise the foredeck was ready for final filleting work along the toerails and other areas.
Along the quarters, I sanded the fillets I’d installed along the toerails.
With the day’s sanding complete, I cleaned up the cockpit and applied a skim coat of fairing compound to all the nonskid areas, as well as some additional work on the repairs at the after end.
After cleaning applicable areas of the main deck, I applied fillets along the toerails at the foredeck, blending them into the existing fillets along the sidedecks.
At the aft end of the boat, I spot-applied fairing compound where needed to fine-tune the new fillets. The filleting tended to leave a thin, low/unsanded line on the deck just inboard of the fillet, from the way the application tool interacted with the two surfaces, so most of this round of filling was a basic skim coat to clean up this tiny void, along with dressing up the toerail scuppers where needed and some related areas.
Total time billed on this job today: 6.75 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 25°, clear, dew point 12°. Forecast for the day: Partly sunny, 41°