Scupper 129


Scupper, a 1979 Legnos Mystic 30' Cutter


This project is being completed in several phases over two years to meet the owner’s schedule.

Early Phase:  Hardware removal and early assessment
September 2017

Phase 1: Dismantling, surface prep, systems removal, repairs, structural work
March 16, 2018 – November 16, 2018 (Discontinuous)
Phase 1 Hours:  341.75

Phase 2: Interior, systems, and more
January 23, 2019 – (Ongoing)

Scope of Project:  Comprehensive refit, including deck repairs, repower, interior makeover, hull work, and systems

Initial Pre-Project Inspection Report and Observations

Begin Daily Project Logs

April 19, 2019

Scupper 129


The new paint in the head and on the overhead panels was looking good after the second coat, and I deemed it complete.  I planned to stay strictly out of the head for the rest of the week to give it time for a good solid cure before continuing any work there, or in the engine room beyond.

Now I could move all the overhead panels off the benches so I could use those for other finishing work in the immediate future.  I removed the narrow strips of masking tape I’d applied on the companionway ladder back; I’d done this to keep the bonding surfaces at each step location, as well as in the rabbets on the side, clear for future bonding purposes when I installed the panel on the ladder itself.

Next, I got started where I left off, with the stock for the cabin sole.  With all the pieces rough-milled to size, I ran them all through the planer to smooth both faces and eventually bring them down to the finished dimension of 1/4″ thickness.

Afterwards, I used a sanding block to create a small chamfer, or v-groove, on the edges of the boards just like I did with the ceiling boards earlier.  This not only looked nice, but would help mask any minor inconsistencies in the boards once laid on the sole itself.  I set aside several of the smaller lengths to handle another time, if they were needed at all.

After cleaning and solvent-washing the new planks, I applied a sealer coat of varnish to all sides.

After a light sanding, I applied the fourth coat of gloss base varnish to the forward cabin door frame.

I installed the trim on the shelf above the port settee, covering finally the raw fiberglass edge  there.

With some open bench space available now, I could finish up the varnish work on the overhead trim pieces, this time with a coat of rubbed-effect satin varnish.

After unclamping the four new interior doors, I sanded them clean and smooth, and rounded the outer edges of the frame for pleasing appearance.  Then, I solvent-washed the frames (as well as the companionway ladder and new head cover panel) and set them aside to air-dry before varnishing, but it took so long for the paint thinner to evaporate from the bare wood that I didn’t get to the sealer coats of varnish as I’d hoped.

Total time billed on this job today:  6.5 hours

0600 Weather Observation:  48°, clouds and fog.  Forecast for the day:  Clouds, showers, drizzle, fog, 64°