As John Steinbeck wrote in “of mice and men” – “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley”, it seems that things have indeed gone awry in my plans for a lazarette hatch. Last post showed me forming the lip using foam and glassfibre, sadly it did not work out as planned and I scrapped the entire deal. Quick work with my trusty angle grinder reduced so much foam and ‘glass to a fine powder to be blown away.
Today my Father and I set about reforming the lip in wood to give it more thickness and strength. As you can see here, I have ground the gelcoat back to raw ‘glass to get a good grip for the resin that will eventually adhere and encapsulate the wood to the aft deck.
Next we laid up the wood for size and shape to fit the curvature of the deck. The further after the deck gets, the less camber the deck has.
Finally we have the wood screwed to the deck, coated in resin, and then given a preliminary covering of CarbonFibre to strengthen and protect it.
If Plans do not go awry tomorrow, I will be able to finish up the covering of the wood with the carbonfibre and we will be running out to Mays Landing to price and possibly buy some Mahogany to build the hatch. Things are beginning to come together! (but I have said that before)