Sunday 25 September 2022

Companionway Hood | Fillets (2)

I left the companionway hood fillets for a couple of days so they could fully cure, and then pulled the Peel Ply.

The port fillet looked like this.

And this was the starboard fillet.

As you can see, there was a fair amount of squeeze-out along the edges of each fillet.

The profile of the fillets was good, so the technique of using a plastic pipe and Peel Ply to shape them worked well.

If I had hit upon this idea earlier in the build I would no doubt have worked out a method of removing the squeeze out before it cured, but these are the last fillets I will ever make on PocketShip so I will just have to clean them up with the sander. It is a small price to pay for having decent fillets!

This is the front face and the port fillet after the application of epoxy filler and sanding everything smooth.

I was a bit worried about cutting through the fillets to make the drain holes, but they turned out fine.

First I drilled through each fillet to meet up with the drain holes already cut in the hood, and then I removed the plug of Blu Tak which I used to stop epoxy glue from filling the holes during installation.

Then I used the Dremel with a carbide burr to shape the holes through the fillets themselves. The port drain hole looked like this.

That looks good and will work well.

This is the starboard fillet and the front panel after sanding.

We are now ready for primer on the cabin roof and the sanded edges of the hood.

So far, so good!

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