1973Hrs – Reinforcement Day
A good solid 7 hours put in today and I’ve knocked off a good amount of glass reinforcement of the port hull joints. Nothing particularly interesting to talk about, you’ve seen it all before. Mask Up, Pre-Coat, Apply Glass Cloth, Saturate, Trim & Remove Tape. Whilst I was waiting for the epoxy to go off a bit so that I could trim I masked up all the remaining joints on the hullside so that I can crack on straight away when I have my next session.
As another diversion I fitted the last of my remaining opening portlights. After much thought I decided to put it on the outboard side of the starboard hull above what will be my desk/chart table. It means that when I’m sat there I’ll have a view and also some fresh air if needed. Another advantage might be added resistance to seasickness as I’ll be able to see the horizon through it. It’s well known that having a fixed point of reference to look at can help alleviate the problem.
If you look closely at the picture of the fitted portlight you may spot a cock-up. I marked up and started cutting from inside and then realised that I’d set the hole too high and had cut into the fillet under the hullside stringer. I had to epoxy the pices I’d cut back into place, re-mark about an inch lower and cut again. It’s amazing how many cock-ups can be put right with epoxy!
Port Hullside Masked & Ready To Go
Nav Station Portlight In Place