Little Boat, Big Dreams

Our ODay30, "Sanctuary," is still on the hard in Reedville, VA, waiting for warmer weather and some glass-work to the keel.

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One Day at a Time

11 May 2021
Lawrence Bird
I used a 4.5" grinder with a 80 grit flapper wheel and for the most part it worked well. I've since ordered one of those roller metal burnishing "grinders" used by autobody folks, to attack the actual gelcoat at the keel/hull joint. The burnishing grinder with a 80 or 120 grit wheel should be able to strip the gelcoat away and help to maintain a level surface (or so goes my high-hopes...).

I don't plan to strip the whole keel, just the keel/hull joint area -- but after repairing the actual leak and getting rid of the air-bubble area at the trailing edge, I plan to lay up several layers of glass to reinforce the area -- Don Casey is the guide here for the external portion and I may also lay up a grid of floors, ala Uma, but the jury is still out on the latter. In any case, once the gelcoat is removed I will begin to attack this area -- about 6" either side of the actual keel/hull joint and expect to lay 3-4 layers of 1708 with G-Flex for the epoxy in this critical area. So far it is slow-going; although the grinder can cut very quickly, it takes a finer touch to take away the surface without gouging the substrata of the actual glass.
Vessel Name: Sanctuary
Vessel Make/Model: Oday-30 -- sloop
Hailing Port: Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA
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"Sanctuary," is esthetically better maintained than "Wings" (our previous Bristol 24) and of course noticeably larger, with two foot wider beam and almost six more feet of length, but not so large we've fallen into a large maintenance trap -- we hope. Despite a metaphoric barnacle or two, [...]