A bit of vigorous going brought her into a pretty fair surface again.
And thye hazmat team cleaned her off for glassing. I was too goopy to remember to photograph the fiberglassing, but we put on a layer of 25.5 oz biaxial glass with mat, covered by a 10 oz layer of regular fiberglass. We’ve found this to be a pretty bomber layup. It now covers the bottom and the lower two inches of the side. Many folks will then add a layer of resin with graphite, which has the two functions of (maybe) making it slippery so it will slide off rocks, and making it a uniform black color. I have come to the point where I no longer believe this to be a good idea for one reason. If you do a clear coat instead, it is still plenty slippery, and you can see what is going on with the wood beneath the glass as time goes by. With a black bottom it is impossible to tell if you have moisture or rot issues beneath a bumped area. With a clear coat, you can look through the window and exclaim bitterly when you se rot beginning to creep across from an injury.
With the bottom finished, we glued on the rubber exterior chines, and applied the sweet lettering.
Bill and Cricket are poking tiny pinholes in the few bubbles that remain after application.
For fastening the the oarlock braces to the deck, it’s really handy to have someone young, small, and limber. “Cricket, go in there and tighten those nuts. And cut of the remaining bolt ends.”
The bow post is finally on, along with the cast bow eye.
Cricket is giving the gunwales one last drink of oil.
The breast plate and the top of the old bow post–which has many tales to tell.
Adjustable foot brace for the tall and not-so-tall.
Sigh. I guess we’re done. I hate to see her go, but it’s that time in our relationship. She’s ready for the next 45 years. Peace be with you, dear boat!