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Nearing the End!

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There’s been a lot of boat work going on Astraea’s decks and not a lot of blogging. Here’s the latest scoop:

All the wood is off and the decks have been faired smooth!

The cockpit has all the coaming cut away flush

The cockpit has all the coaming cut away flush

The coaming is a lip that used to go around the edge of the cockpit seating area to hold the teak in place

The coaming is a lip that used to go around the edge of the cockpit seating area to hold the teak in place

Since  the teak is gone, so is the coaming. I don't want our legs to fall asleep while cruising!

Since the teak is gone, so is the coaming. I don’t want our legs to fall asleep while cruising!

Cockpit view of Astraea mid deck work

Cockpit view of Astraea mid deck work

I filled the holes in the coaming and all the screw head holes with West System Epoxy and 407 fairing filler

I filled the holes in the coaming and all the screw head holes with West System Epoxy and 407 fairing filler

The starboard side of the cockpit filled and faired

The starboard side of the cockpit filled and faired

Close up of the fairing. The tools used were tongue depressors for smoothing and plastic syringes for injecting

Close up of the fairing. The tools used were tongue depressors for smoothing and plastic syringes for injecting

At the end of the project I’ll tell more about the whole process, but removing your own decks is NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

Drilling holes in the sail track prior to priming and painting to ensure they go back in the same place they came out. I filled the holes with epoxy to prevent any leaks from damaging the plywood core of the deck.

Drilling holes in the sail track prior to priming and painting to ensure they go back in the same place they came out. I filled the holes with epoxy to prevent any leaks from damaging the plywood core of the deck.

Natalie held a box under the deck to catch any dust that came down

Natalie held a box under the deck to catch any dust that came down

Some holes were covered by fairing epoxy so I had to test fit the track to make sure everything lined up

Some holes were covered by fairing epoxy so I had to test fit the track to make sure everything lined up

Still no headliner, but things are looking up since we're getting ready to put hardware back on the boat after four months!

Still no headliner, but things are looking up since we’re getting ready to put hardware back on the boat after four months!

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  1. Maybe we should have done a summer visit to help you with this project! I’m sure you’ll find some good stuff to have us help you with on our fall visit!

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