As many of you know the East Coast of the US had quite the winter storm pass through a few days ago. North Carolina sits in an interesting meteorological spot and we very rarely get snow. Unfortunately instead of snow we receive ice! The ice wreaks havoc on all the poor southerners mainly because it really does create solid sheets of ice for roads, trees get overloaded with the weight and collapse, power-lines are taken out, structural damage occurs to buildings and so on. We got pretty lucky this time and the city was only shut down for one day. Having lived in Chicago and New York for about half of my adult life I went to work both days but it was mainly to clean the place up to get ready for business.
As you know I made some preparations on the boat in anticipation of the ice and I had my fingers crossed when I drove down to the farm today to asses the situation. I am quite pleased to say that we only had a few spots of serious build up and the tarp did an excellent job of withstanding the weight.
You can see a couple depressions in the photo below caused by ice build up. I was able to easily push them overboard from the inside.
Look closely and you’ll see me after I got all the ice off. You can also see all the supports holding the tarp up:
After that it was time to suit up and get to work! I am starting to feel the change of the seasons and resulting pressure to hurry up with the deck repair. The last thing I want to do is work under this tarp mid summer! Under the tarp it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit today, I can only imagine what the temperature would climb to if it was warmer outside!
As you will remember from Side Deck Repair I created a bit of a mess and cut up the deck un-necessarliy. Now its time to put it back together! The first step is to grind down a nice bevel on both sides of each cut. Once we have the bevel all sanded and cleaned up we can fiberglass everything back together. Here I am suited up and ready to grind – my least favorite boat activity.
I made a series of 8 cuts to create two large rectangles. One of these I pulled up, re-cored around an old deck fill that we are getting rid of and then sealed back up. The other one I didn’t have to pull up at all as it turns out. I have read many books and online forms and in many of these are the sorrowful laments of sailors who have re-cored their decks. I don’t know what all the fuss is about with the sole exception of grinding the bevel. This is the messiest, nastiest, itchiest thing you could possibly imagine. Below is the progress:
After a couple hours of grinding it was time to sand it all down. This evens everything out and I also like it to widen the bevel at the top and remove all the paint and gelcoat to prepare for fiberglassing.
Now we are ready to fiberglass! That will have to wait for another day however – I was too itchy and beat down. An artist by education I appreciate the fine intricacies of fiberglass work and like to be well rested.