Saturday 23 April 2022

Companionway Slide | Preparing To Prime

The companionway hood and slide have been residing in the house for months, waiting for their turn to be finished.

Again, finding that painting the rudder and transom frame leaves me with time to spare I decided to finish the slide.

I moved the slide into the workshop and dusted it off. I was dismayed to find some small air bubbles in the fibreglass that covered the top of the slide.

Here is the slide.

And here are the air bubbles.

There aren't many and they are very small, just like the ones I found on the hull side panels when painting.

The advice from Fyne Boats at that time was simply to sand them and fill any voids with epoxy. I actually very carefully ground the side panel bubbles out and filled them with epoxy filler, and I decided to do the same with the companionway slide.

Here we are using a very fine burr to do just that on the slide.

It's a nuisance but not a material problem, and it's important to know that the boat has been properly finished.

Onwards and upwards!

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