April 24, 2023
After some time away, I returned to the shop and got back to work on the coamings, which needed at least a couple more coats of varnish to “complete” them. After masking around the coamings and lightly sanding, I applied varnish to all areas (5th coat).
Meanwhile, I continued work on the after cockpit hatch I’d started building. The hatch required some sanding to bring the new bottom skin flush with the edges, and also to clean up those edges and round the corners of the hatch to match the shape of the corners in the opening. I wanted to test-fit the fully-constructed hatch for the first time, but with the fresh varnish I’d timed it wrong, so I moved forward and applied epoxy fairing compound to the top side, the beginning of the process to smooth the minor low spots leftover from construction and prepare it for finish.
Total time billed on this job today: 2.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: Light rain 42°, dew point 40°. Forecast for the day: Rain and showers, cloudy, 43°