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Smoothing the Deck Interior

Unlike the outside where sanding is easy, the inside can be harder to to smooth. I find scrapers are the easiest way to deal with the concave surfaces.

Fiberglassing the exterior of the Coaming

After installing the riser, I glassed the outside, reinforcing the coaming and securely attaching it to the deck. The riser was initially installed using hot-melt glue which is not particularly strong.

Installing the Coaming Riser

The coaming "riser" is what I call the vertical part of the combing around the cockpit. This is made of the same wood I made the rest of the boat from. For efficiency reason I want to use the 2" wide strips I have, but these don't conform to the sharp curves at the front and back of the coaming.

Fixing a Broken Seam

While rolling out the fiberglass before glassing the deck, I ended up cracking a section on the back. The break was along a glue line.

Fairing and Glassing the Deck

This largely time-lapse video starts out with scraping and proceeds through sanding to glassing and finishing with a fill coat.

Cutting the Cockpit Recess

I like to put what I call a "recess" around the cockpit. On some boats, like these microBootleggers, the recess is not all that recessed, i.e. the coaming is not actually set down below the deck much. But, this recess does make the coaming a little lower than it would otherwise be.

Installing a Center Accent Line on the Deck

I want a light colored accent strip running down the center line of the foredeck. Depending on how the strips line up at the bow, his strip may be fitted in to existing strips or the strips will need to fit in against this strip. I ended up with one of each type on the boats I am building.

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