February 12, 2021
In the cockpit, I sanded as needed all areas where I’d applied fairing compound last time, and, anticipating the final stages in the near future, I sanded all surfaces with 80 grit on a finishing sander. The final grit required before primer application was 120, but I’d await that for a bit since there was still some fine-tuning required on some of the fairing, mainly at the two largest patches.
With the contours close, but not quite there, on the icebox hatch and lazarette hatch, I applied additional fairing compound as necessary. Most of the cockpit sole fillets had turned out well, but the corners and especially scupper areas required additional work as well.
At the forward hatch opening, the new cutout had exposed the beginnings of core in the adjacent deck, on three sides of the opening, so to prepare for installing the new frame soon, I reamed out some of the exposed core along the edges as needed, then filled the gap with thickened epoxy to seal the core from this opening.
Meanwhile, I continued the varnish base on the new hatch frame with the 4th coat.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 0°, clear. Forecast for the day: Increasing clouds, 23°.