Spent another block of time in the Westsail today, sanding away the old to prepare for the new. I thought I would add a picture to demonstrate the work being done through this phase. I was looking forward to getting in and beginning this sanding work because it is such a milestone: with sanding finished, the surface is prepped for NEW construction! This sanding work must be some sort of right-of-passage, a test to determine if you really have the stuff to outfit a boat. Thank goodness the weather has turned cold (cold for Florida), as it allows me to at least be comfortable while working in the attire prescribed: I am wearing a pair of thermal pants, tucked into high wool socks, a pair of work pants over the thermals, two long-sleeve shirts, a Tyvek suit with hood over my clothes, and I liberally tape up my ankles and wrists. I wear a pair of thick rubber gloves and tape the Tykev suit to these gloves, finished off with another pair of heavy work gloves. AND STILL, I FEEL THE ITCHY GLASS! ARGGGHHH! Thoughts of the end product remain the focus.
You can see the area to the left is yet to be sanded. Sanding with 40-grit psa disks (5" and 6") on Porter Cable 7335 and 7336 sanders.
Total Time: 7 Hrs.