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Project Log:  Saturday, January 24, 2015

One day during the week, with a little time on hand, I unclamped the lazarette hatch and cleaned up the edges as needed.  Then, I laminated on a second 1/8" strip, glued directly to the first and overlapping the seams as needed.  I kept the ends of the pieces set in just a bit at those two unbanded rounded forward corners, which would later help me tie in these areas.


With that glue-up complete, I could continue work on the hatch.  After unclamping, I sanded the hatch as needed, removing any excess epoxy from the lamination and slightly rounding the exposed top edges of the newly-banded hatch.  I test-fit it in the cockpit to check the fit.


Keeping its edges well inside of where the hatch bore on the raised molding, I prepared a piece of balsa core to strengthen the hatch.  But before installing the core, I wanted to take care of the sharply-rounded front corner details.

I found some thin acrylic material left over from some project or another, and was able to bend strips of it around the corners of the hatch, clamping it in place to the stepped edges of the fiberglass banding I'd installed earlier.  This would act as a mold to finish up the edge banding on these corners in a two-step process.

Starting with a little thickened epoxy, I filled any gaps between the mold and the hatch itself, then installed a few layers of light fiberglass cloth against the mold and overlapping onto the inside hatch surface.  I didn't worry about running the material wild over the top of the mold strip; I'd deal with that easily later.  With enough fiberglass in place, I'd later be able to remove the mold strip and finish off the edge banding from the outside, but that would come on another day.



With the corners underway and complete for now, I installed the balsa core in a bed of epoxy adhesive, after first wetting out the core on both sides.  I weighted it down to cure.


Meanwhile, I prepared the beginnings of a simple, sturdy, removable box cover for the exposed steering cylinder end in the cockpit.  From 1/2" thick prefab fiberglass, I cut the first three pieces to fit as needed, allowing plenty of room for the steering cylinder to extend its fullest, and glued them together with epoxy, leaving it be till it cured.


Back inside the boat, I wrapped up the installation of the chainlocker door with a knob and two catches at the top side to secure it, along with the L-shaped brackets I'd installed earlier on the lower edge to position and hold the hatch in place.


With that, I deemed the interior work basically complete, and decided to celebrate by installing all the interior cushions, which I'd had stored elsewhere for the period since I'd originally had them made.  It was nice to see, finally, the full effect of the completed interior for the first time.






Total Time Today:  4.5 Hours

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