We were thinking of calling this the weekly grind. Bill’s been working away at the bottom paint. The fun part of that is that it gets harder to sand the longer it’s out of the water. Today he pretty much finished and is now going back around to pick up all the leftover red bits. When that’s done, he gets to start grinding out blisters. Thankfully, we only have about 15 per square foot. It could be MUCH worse.
Meanwhile, in the inside of the boat, Nina’s been learning to use a Makita grinder. Carpet residue and glue is not the best learning medium since it gums up sanding sheets before you turn the thing on. She also discovered what a loose grinder with the lock on can do in a small space. Don’t try this at home. Luckily, a small rip in the suit was the extent of the damage.
Marsden totally escaped grinding or sanding. His particular version of boat purgatory was cutting 720 feet of fiberglass cloth into various widths for Tom to glass onto the hull to deck joint. His other fiberglassing experience was making the backing plates for the remaining thru-hulls. To do this, about an inch thick pile of fiberglass cloth was laminated together and then cut out on a drill press, very slowly.