Many of the recent tasks have not resulted in visible changes to the boat. However, I glassed the bottom last weekend, a milestone. I first filled the grain of the plywood bottom – the C-surface exterior had deep grooves from the mill. To fill the grain, I mixed in West’s fairing compound into epoxy to get a peanut butter consistency, then applied it across the bottom with a rubber scraper. Sixteen ounces of epoxy covered the whole bottom.
While the fairing compound was still tacky, I laid 5 yards of 6-ounce fiberglass cloth over the bottom, then wet it out with epoxy. It will require a fill coat or two. With temps in the high 30’s, the epoxy should set in a week.