October 9, 2020
Skeedeen Phase 6-12
To begin, I finished up with the plank seam and scribe mark sanding, mainly on the starboard side and transom.
The transom had some cracking down the vertical centerline, a standard occurrence on boats built in two-part molds. Structurally insignificant, it did create a cosmetic problem to be dealt with, so I ground out the cracked area and a bit beyond to provide a wide bonding area, then applied the first of a couple coats of epoxy fairing compound.
Also in the area, I reamed out and filled screw holes left from the old scupper flaps; we planned to install new flaps of a different nature, and they had a different fastening pattern.
At the engine vent openings, I masked around the openings inside and out, then wet out the reamed out core edges with epoxy before installing a thickened, strengthened epoxy mixture into the voids. Afterwards, I removed the tape and filled the old fastener holes with epoxy leftover from the transom work.
This short work day left me in a good position for the beginning of the week, when I’d work through the remaining preparation tasks required before painting.
Total time billed on this job today: 2.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 25°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 55°