Now that March Madness is over (I’m talking about the annual spree of archaeology conferences– what did you think I meant?) it’s back to work on the boat.
The weather was warm enough to be comfortable, but not warm enough for fiberglass work. That’s ok– there’s plenty of sanding to do. Here’s a pic that shows the existing bottom paint, what’s left of it. The red color is the original gelcoat.
I’ve also got the spot where an old thru-hull was all sanded and ready for glass. Here it is from the port bow:
And closer. You can see the wood core and the inner glass. The inner glass is about 3/8″ thick, and the outer more than an inch.
The old green bottom paint just flakes off, and the sander makes it just shower down. By the time I quit working on Saturday I was covered. Cap’n Dave said I looked like an “Irish Smurf”. Didn’t come off too easy in the shower, either. Nasty stuff. Glad I’ve got a dust-mask.
Next weekend is supposed to be nicer– I’ll get my fiberglass supplies and start makin’ plastic!