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beam me up!

I  have been a bit lax in both working on Flirt and updating here. Projects not involving a boat tend to be just as big, take much longer than imagined, and balloon the budget beyond all recognition. My small 8×5 bathroom might as well have been a house for how long it took to gut and redo.

Anyway, back to my beloved Sprite. We will not be going down to St. Michaels this year for the Small Craft festival, I am aiming for next. In the mean time I found a way to do MORE demolition to Flirt.

The Lazerette deck on my SeaSprite never came with a hatch. this left a large storage area with no way to store anything in it. It was also stuffed half full of a nasty watertank that disappeared years ago when I cut a large hole and removed it. With all the cutting, glassing, re-cutting, and re-glassing I have been doing, I finally decided to rip the entire deck off and redo it right.

So out came the grinder (a boat refitters best and worst friend) and I went to work cutting all along the edges of the deck

and soon I had so much more debris.

With the Lazerette now completely open to the elements, it was time to do some grinding to clean everything out in preparation for some Carbonfibre,

But first, run to the local big box hardware store to get some Cedar Planks. I would have preferred to use White oak, but all they have is red, so I would have to special order. Cedar is light, easy to cut, and resistant to decay. Once encapsulated in epoxy, it should last nearly forever.

So, some measurements later and I have a beam.

And even though I plan on laying CF throughout the lazerette first, I had to epoxy this in. I probably should have notched it for the support beams, but I can do that later.

It’s fun to watch epoxy ooze when you clamp it.

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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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