October 28, 2022
A short Friday began with a meeting with the owner and local canvas contractor at the boat to work out some details of the new bimini and helm enclosure, and a few other project details.
Afterwards, I turned to the daily round of sanding in the outboard well and elsewhere, this time with finer grits and, eventually, finish-sanding tools. The well was looking pretty good now and I felt it was time to move forward with high-build primer soon, then address any lingering and noticeable flaws or fine-tuning thereafter.
The entire stern area of the cockpit, including the new well and the seats/lockers on either side, would be primed and painted as part of this project, stopping at the deck itself and the outboard corners of the liner. Now I sanded these areas with 80-120 grit and finish-sanding tools, preparing the original gelcoat for the work ahead. I’d return later and finish up the required hand work at the corners and seat gutters.
Meanwhile, I lightly sanded the small gelcoat patches near the windshield, bringing them nearly to their final stage other than some additional light hand sanding. At the transom, per the owner’s request, I trimmed the overhanging teak caprails flush with the new fiberglass trims beneath, and rounded the top edges for a clean and smooth look.
Total time billed on this job today: 3 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 38°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 53°