I am determined to get the deck ready for a coat of epoxy primer. My imagination runs with a picture of a solid white deck that seems to be some sort of self imposed milestone in this project. To me, it feels like a halfway point though I know it is still just part of the beginning.
Today I drilled out the holes from the through bolts that used to hold the mast base blocks in place. We are not going to re-use these blocks and will put a stainless steel mast base collar on that we can attach all sorts of blocks to.
Much like last week the process began with drilling out and countersinking all the holes.
I then cleaned up the big mess I had made and this is what the holes looked like:
After mixing up a batch of thickened epoxy, I sucked it all up into a large syringe and got to work filling the holes. This is a somewhat delicate process as you really want to avoid any air bubbles which could create small hollow spots in the deck.
And here they are, all filled up and curing:
In case your wondering, the silicone bead on the mast collar is to create a waterproof seal for the old portlight that I lay on top of it and weigh down as a lid.