January 24, 2022
Lyra Phase 2-20
Beginning on deck, I sanded as needed the fairing compound on the smaller repair on the upper coachroof, bringing this area close to, or to, its final contours, other than an additional round of finish sanding that would happen in the near future.
Continuing, I sanded the forward coachroof repair, smoothing the first round of fairing filler all around and beginning the overall fine-tuning of the shape of the deck. With the weave of the fiberglass filled, in most areas there was just a thin coating of hte fairing compound left behind, but, as expected, there were several lower areas that would require additional filler, mainly around the edges.
After cleaning up, I applied the second round of epoxy fairing filler, concentrating on the lows and using a wide trowel to shape the fairing material where needed, and a smaller trowel to fill in some of the minor tool marks in the field of the repair.
This work took a couple hours, and afterwards I spent the remainder of the day continuing the paint removal on the hull, working through 40-80 grit paper to scrub away the old coatings and leave behind the smooth gray substrate, which I increasingly thought might be an epoxy barrier coat-type finish that someone had applied over the entire boat sometime in the fairly distant past. In the event, it was in good condition, consistent, and durable. Additional rounds of finish sanding later would further smooth the surface and remove the last bits of the old coatings. By the end of the day, I’d made it forward along the port side and a bit aft on the starboard bow.
Total time billed on this job today: 6.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 16°, mainly cloudy. Forecast for the day: Decreasing clouds, 23°