January 19, 2022
Lyra Phase 2-17
Before beginning any dirty work on deck, I checked the fit of the large piece of fiberglass I’d cut for the coachroof repair, laying it in place on the coachroof. I noted a couple areas where minor adjustment was needed, but otherwise it was a good fit and I could use it to pattern the remaining two pieces required for the new top skin, which I laid out and cut now, also test-fitting the first layer that would fit within the cut lines of the repair area and help bring the area above the new core up to the proper height with the adjacent deck edges.
I spent much of the day on sanding duty once more, starting with the overhead in the head, the bottom side of the coachroof repair. Sanding this area, even relatively minimally as this round required, was an unpleasant chore, as the space was tight, and the headroom was about the worse possible height: Too low to stand upright, too high to sit or kneel, requiring the most uncomfortable of crouching postures…but soon enough it was done, and looking pretty good.
On deck, I lightly sanded the two core repairs just to scuff the skim coats from the day before.
Then, I sanded all the various small repairs and new fillets along the toerails, mainly by hand, and bringing the bulk of the deck into its final state of readiness before high-build primer, other than a couple small areas that would require spot-filling, and, of course, the recore repairs.
After cleaning up from the day’s sanding, I cut several small pieces of fiberglass to fit the mast step area and the “bulge” in the coachroof repair, then wet out and installed these layers in their respective voids: 8 layers in the mast step (installed in two “lifts”), and three layers in the smaller area. This filled the voids roughly to the top of the core.
At the same time, I cut and installed three layers over the upper coachroof core repair. These new laminates would cure overnight, allowing me to do the final lamination work next time.
Total time billed on this job today: 6.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 6°, partly clear. Forecast for the day: Cloudy, chance of snow or snow showers, 33°