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Fixing a hole where the rain gets in

“And stops my mind from wandering”

 

One thing I have found in working on Flirt is the fixation on the “now” you get when doing it. As a Buddhist, I strive constantly to be always aware of what I am doing now and not worry about what I did yesterday or might do tomorrow. To be honest, it can be very hard. distractions creep up and tap you on one shoulder and then run around the other way while you look back to see who is there. Very playful they are, those distractions. At least when I am busy sanding the paint, mixing the resin, or taking some off of my little sprite, I am concentrating only on that. It is refreshing and releasing.

 

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From the time I got flirt till now, I have been plagued by a leak on the Star Board side quarter berth. Anytime it rained, that area would get soaked and I could never find the source.. After I removed the coamings and started cleaning up the 50+ years of sealant, glue, and detritus I discovered this crack where the seat, coaming, and cabin all come together.  Hidden behind the coamings, it was impossible to see.

A few minutes with a cutting blade on my Dremel and away the crack went, replaced with a hole.

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I could deal with the hole. All it needed was some waxpaper to back it, gaffers tape to hold it in place, resin, and a mat of glass strands to fix. Soon the hole was fixed and the rain banished to the outside of Flrt. I do need to make it nice and neat again, but in due time, I am not worrying about it right now.

 

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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