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Hit the deck!

Actually, I do not recommend it. After all the work I just out into adding supports to Flirt’s foredeck, hitting it would probably hurt.. a lot. Along with the strip of birch ply that runs from the very stem to almost the hatch, I added three sets of stringers that run from one side of the deck to the other. At the moment they are screwed into place from above, but once the epoxy dries, I can remove them and then epoxy and ‘glass over them to make them one of a piece with Flirt.

Even now, with the epoxy “wet” and only screws holding everything in place, the foredeck is a very stiff place to stand. I cannot wait to see how strong it feels once everything is encapsulated and mechanically adhered to the existing ‘glass.

Underdeck Supports

Underdeck supports2

Of course no refit story would be complete without some humour. Mostly at my own expense, of course. One of the problems with epoxy is the both the lack of smell and that is does not cause any chemical burns (At least not to me) so 1: you do now know if it is wet or dry until you see (or feel) for yourself. 2: you can have a line of it running down your arm, through the hair, and not realize until it is far too late. My left arm is sporting several “wounds” where in peeling off the epoxy, I removed the upper layer of skin. I am not sure what it looks like I had a fight with, but I think it looks like I lost.

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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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