Ah, the angle grinder
That most favoured tool of the DIY boat builder. I took mine to the front of my boat this weekend. Time was short so I figured a rough and ready job is better than no job at all. Ground the repairs back a few millimetres, filled, roughly faired then glassed over them. It was cold so the resin will probably bloom, but it’s more of a covering layer than a structural layer on the bits I did, so not to worry really. It’s progress.
I also repositioned one of the struts I’d fitted as when I was sitting on the pontoon I noticed the bow roller was at a rather jaunty angle. Took it off and lined everything up by eye. I think I’m going to glass over the whole lot then refit the roller. Give that stem some proper weather protection on it’s end.
Still need to deck over the front, cut out the (largely rotten) front bulkhead – glass everything on the inside and reinforce the whole lot. At least once the deck’s on it’s mostly working inside where a fan heater actually does something.
More snow forecast across the UK for this week – not an ideal time for working on boats.
Dare I say it: it’d be nice to take part in the Red Funnel Easter Regatta. Now there’s a deadline.