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Reversing Negative Work

While all work is positive To build you must make room. To create, you need  destroy. To think up something new, you must lose your preconceived notions. Negative is positive.

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Today I did both Negative and positive work to Flirt. I started off by taking a grinder to the raised ‘glass rail that runs across her stern from wooden toerail to wooden toerail. This section is structural on the Sea Sprite 23, it is where the deck and hull are joined and glued together into one part. There is then an epoxy molded section added to this rounded glue joint to create the upper sharp edge of the stern where it meets the deck. On flirt this section was badly beaten up, cracking away from the glassfibre, and full of bondo where she had taken a few bad hits over her 5 decades of existence. when I was done, I left a rather large slit like hole across her stern deck.

I then measured and cut a section of 1/8 inch plywood and screwed, glued, and ‘glassed it into place beneath the deck, letting it butt up against the stern to reinforce where the ‘glass once was. then it was a matter of layering glass mat and resin over the wood to strengthen the bond. tomorrow I will grind away the high spots and cut and mold in some foam to build it up before laying more ‘glassfibre over it make the deck once again one piece. instead of a “toerail” this deck will flow straight into the stern to form it’s own hard edge.

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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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