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More “boat jewelry” came in today.. some beautiful snap-apart hinges from Downwind Marine. These bronze hinges are designed to come apart for complete removal of the hatch from the Lazerette from Flirt’s aft deck. Just the thing to help pull big and bulky things from that storage area and for maintenance for the hatch’s soon to be varnished finish.

take-apart hinges

On the “negative” work side, I am almost finished sanding Flirt’s bottom down to the gel coat.. at least the Port side is almost done. This is just a tedious and painful job as I contort myself deep between the trailer and Flirt’s shapely bottom to get every last bit of bottom paint off of her. Next week I can start on the Starboard side and then I can worry about barrier coating her for the winter.

Sanded (more) bottom

Also concerning Flirt’s shapely bottom and barrier coating. I sanded down her rudder and added a few more layers of resin to get it smooth and ready for coating. While it is covered in Carbonfibre, I did it for strength, not for looks, so once it is coated and painted, nobody will be able to see my less than perfect application of the CF. As I have found, it is not easy stuff to work with.

finished Rudder

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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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