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Project Log:  Saturday, February 22, 2014

My first order of business was to finish up with the stern pulpit.  Again, this was somehow more work than it should have been for eight screws.  I broke off my long tap deep in the second hole I was preparing, so I played it safe for the remaining holes and used a hand tap instead of the drill, which naturally slowed down the process further. 

There was no recovering the broken tap, and no practicable way to reposition the pulpit to avoid that hole (I'd already slightly repositioned it to avoid the original fastener locations, and the shape of the pulpit only allowed so much leeway anyway), so I had to retap the top part of the hole--through the wooden caprail only--with the next larger size in order to secure it there.

With all fastener holes prepared, and a larger hole at the port forward leg for the stern light wire that led from inside the rail, I installed the pulpit in sealant with new fasteners.



I moved on to the four deadlights in the forward cabin.  At some point earlier, when I had white paint going for one thing or another, I'd primed and painted out the insides of the rhomboids I'd left around these openings in the hull (I still needed to build and install trim around the edges of the ceiling at these openings--on the list), so the openings were ready to accept the deadlights themselves.  Unsure how the process would go, working alone, I started with a single unit on the port side, gooping up the mounting flange with sealant and inserting it in the opening from outside, along with six new fasteners that I held in place with tape.  I chose stainless steel fasteners instead of bronze since I thought they would look better in this instance, and would remain untarnished on the outside.

Inside the boat, I installed the interior trim ring, carefully aligning it over all six fasteners, then installed small washers and nuts before tightening everything and pulling the two parts of the unit together.  Amazingly, this worked without the fasteners spinning.  I cleaned up the excess sealant inside and out as necessary.

I repeated the process with the forward deadlight on this side.  Final trimwork in this cabin--overhead, around the hatch, and around the deadlight openings--was pretty far down the priority list at this point, but on the list nonetheless.


Then, I moved to the starboard side and installed both deadlights at once.  I was pleased with how well this installation went, particularly after the frustrations of the pulpits and stanchions, and since I'd been unsure whether I'd be able to do it without help.


I masked off the varnished portions of the running light boards, and after final preparations I applied a coat of primer to the surfaces to be painted:  the inside faces, and the underpinnings.

To round out the day, I applied another coat of varnish to the bulwarks and rubrails.



Total Time Today:  5.5 hours

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