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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.

ground gelcoat

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.

hatch wood

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.

Hatch CF

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)

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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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