The wife pulled off the rest of the wood
toe rail and found a few spots where there were holes. So we primed, shot them full of thickened epoxy and chopped up offcuts of the biaxial and chopped stranded mat. Obviously, wet it all out properly but shoved the voids full.
I also got the plug
hole cut to fit the new Smart Plug
. Felt it would be stronger with a backer plate so made one up. Filled in a few low spots with the thickened epoxy I had leftover in the pot after the hole repair
. Also epoxied in the backer for the compass
in the cockpit
. For some crazy reason, I thought I was going to get all the size 3 portlight frames epoxied in place, don't know what I was thinking.
Cleaned the old girl out and hoping to wash the hullside paint
, buff, wax or whatever. Put in the new thru-hulls, or dry fit. Making a little progress on the backer plates also. 1/2 G10 is tough stuff!
We cannot believe they all that damage and just covered it up with all the wood
for the toe rails. Not a super hard fix, it just takes a little time and prep. We had to cut out and grind down a bit of the weak or loose areas. Also grinding out some stress cracks and priming then filling with thickened epoxy. Providing support behind those weak areas with G10 and might try some of that Marine
structural foam sheeting.
I think when all the urgent stuff is done I may add some more supports in the hull
to stiffen her up. Not needed but since I am there and can add some tankage and make some more useable space why not. Got some pretty cool ideas on how to use dead space from the carpenter
. It should be pretty cool when it's all done and maximize the space on these smaller boats.