December 28, 2017
To begin, I sanded the new fiberglass over the icebox hatch in the cockpit and the main mast step, bringing the edges flush as needed and lightly scuffing the remainder of the patches to prepare for additional work ahead. I removed wedges and tape from the underside of the icebox hatch and also lightly sanded these areas as needed, as I’d have to come back later and fiberglass from beneath as well.
Meanwhile, I cut, wet out, and applied three additional layers of fiberglass to fill the center of the ice hatch from above, bringing the center nearly level with the adjacent decks.
After some additional cleanup and solvent wash, I applied a first round of epoxy fairing compound to the new deck repairs in all areas, skim-coating to fill the weave of the cloth and beginning to fair out any low areas.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: Clear, -12°. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 3°