Foredeck

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Shoring up the foredeck while work proceeds. Also, taping up screw holes to prevent “epoxy rain”.

That reddish-brown area is where I had injected some "snake oil" into the deck to firm up a soft spot.

When cutting into the foredeck top skin the saw threw water up into my face; that’s how wet portions of the balsa coring was in this area – totally saturated. All rotten, wet or damp balsa core is now out. The reddish-brown staining is where I had injected a “snake oil”-type product to firm up the mushy deck. Unfortunately, the only real cure is what I’m involved in right now.

Wait a minute.  WHICH boat is mine?  I keep forgetting.

Now wait, WHICH one is my boat again? I keep forgetting.

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New balsa laid in place. Edges scarfed for top layer of glass. Three G10 fiberglass/epoxy internal backing plates in position, two for bow pulpit and one large central combination plate for bow cleat and inner forestay attachment point.

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Bags of sand hold the balsa coring in place while the epoxy hardens.

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Top skin on, sanded, and ready for fairing and painting (which will come later).
So that’s the cabin top and foredeck recored; two sidedecks to go. Time on project so far, 250 hours.

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