May 10, 2022
Sticking with the usual cycle, I began the day with more sanding, focusing on the bottom to clean up the new fiberglass there, then continuing with the transom fairing as needed, and the outboard cutout where I’d slightly filled the edge of the new top laminate. I also used a grinder to open up several larger, abandoned holes in the transom (leftover from various through hulls and wiring clamps), and reamed out the small screw holes leftover from the wooden transom veneer, all to make these ready for the first stages of repair and filling.
After cleanup, I applied a round of fairing filler to the bottom. The basic profile and shape was close to final, so the fairing was mainly to fill the weave of the cloth and burnish the edges of the laminate.
Continuing on the transom, I applied a second round of filler on the vertical part of the jet tunnel, then into the various screw and fixture holes about the rest of the transom.
Later, I patterned and cut layers of fiberglass to fit over and around the transom cutout, then installed the cut pieces in epoxy resin.
Total time billed on this job today: 5.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 36°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 67°