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It all starts with (a) mould

Seriously, I could not resist. In order to get the Lazerette “seaworthy” I need to not only put the deck on it and hatch, but I need to limit the access water has from the space into the rest of the boat. As designed, a SeaSprite 23 has ample access for water (but not for people, unless you are a small child) to simply flow into the boat if it somehow gets in through a broken hatch, collision, or even a bad thru hull. As Flirt will have a hatch, something she didn’t have for the first 55 years of her existence, I needed to keep water out of the cabin and bilge (or at least control it’s flow)

Using one of he sheets of foamboard I have laying about, I shaped a mold to fit the space I wanted and then cut the ply to fit. It’s not an exact fit, it needs to be loose so the epoxy has a place to fill and hold.

Once the two pieces of plywood were cut (mirror imaged) I then jammed, wedged, and placed them into the openings they are meant to seal and went to work with a peanut butter like epoxy consistency. I think they turned out rather nice.

Without Epoxy First.

Inside the quarterberth/cockpit storage area.

And all epoxied up. Yes, I need to seal up at the top, but I also need a vent there to allow some airflow through the boat to keep the real mold down.

And because I appear to be a slow learner, I used up the excess epoxy I had in another layer over the carbon in the lazerette, forcing me to do some more “boat yoga” and slither over the side to get down.

With any luck the rain from Hurricane Irma will not impact us too much as my days off from work are approaching and I want to be a little further along in putting in the beams to hold the deck up now that almost all the carbonfibering is done. (is that a word?)

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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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