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Baby. it’s cold outside!

But with a small heater running in the cabin, it was sweatshirt weather inside Flirt. Just because it is winter and snowing out does not mean that all work on my Sprite has ground to a halt. Slowed it down some, but not stopped it.

With my little electric heater running, I got the bottom half of the soon to be forepeak bulkhead glassed in. Even though I am not ready to do the rest of it yet, I needed to set this up so I can get to work on the real project, lining the forepeak (and the rest of the hull) with Carbonfibre.

Lower forepeake bulkhead

This little part of the bulkhead will eventually get built up to meet the deck and then covered on the backside in Carbonfibre as I work slowly towards strengthening Flirt’s looseygoosey hull. The front side (that you will see from the cabin) will get covered in white painted cedar with teak trim like a Herreshoff.

The other news is that half of the forepeak is now coated in Carbonfibre.


Due to the temps, I could only do one side at a time (I need to lean on the other side to brace myself. While the glass hardened up nicely (with twice the hardener added) it still took hours for it to cure to a non-sticky state. Work is going to keep me from doing anymore until at least Friday. It did not help that the fumes from the resin were making me high and were causing the occasional “pop” from my electric heater. They are quite flammable and I needed to keep the forehatch open to avoid poisoning myself (and setting flirt up to be a fireball)

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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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