2093Hrs – Autumnal Filling
Yesterday it was sunny and still warmish in the sunshine, today the first Autumnal depression is making itself felt both meteorologically and psychologically. It’s wet, the temperature barley reached double figures and the forecast is for gale force winds and heavy rain for the next few days. All in all perhaps not the best day to start filling the hulls but it is what it is and I’d better get used to it. Progress at all costs is my motto for the next 6 months or so.
I got three panels of the inner hulls first filled today. I was really finding my feet with both the mixing and application of the filler. It’s a slow job hand mixing the pre-mixed silica/resin with the slow hardener and glass microspheres. The microspheres can only be added slowly as they are so fine and slow to absorb. I stupidly forgot to wear my googles when I mixed the first batch and now have horribly scratchy eyes as a result which will take a while to ease.
I’ve realised that it’s actually better to mix small batches (100g) of resin at a time because by the time I’ve mixed in the microspheres to the correct consistency I end up with a comfortably full pot of filler, probably about three times the volume that 100g of resin takes up. This amount coincidentally seems to be about the right quantity to fill one panel of the hullsides. I’m mainly using a stiff steel screeding trowel virtually on it’s edge to apply the filler as thinly as possible. First impression looks good but I’ll have a better idea how well it’s worked once it’s dried and I can sand it back.
Once again I’m into another ‘eating an elephant’ task. I’ll keep plugging away and I’ll get there. It looks like paid work may take up a chunk of my time this week so I don’t know how much I’ll get done but given the weather forecast it’s probably better I wait for an improvement before I crack on too much.
Two panels first filled inboard the starboard hull