Finishing yesterday's work
A dull afternoon with heavy showers didn’t inspire me for more creative work on ‘Sharpy’, but I persevered and carried out the necessary sanding of the bottom of the boat, including both rubbing strips and the skeg.
I am having second thoughts about sheathing ‘Sharpy’s’ chines with GPR tape because there’s a chance that the finish will look untidy. I know what is entailed, having done similar chines. To obtain a good finish one has to fill the roving with epoxy paste and keep sanding it until a smooth surface is achieved. I don’t relish the physical labour. On the other hand, I know that if the boat is to be launched off a beach, particularly a stony one, her chines could be damaged. Reason may prevail over my reluctance to do the fibreglassing, persuading me to do it.
At this stage of the game, I want to be sailing my new boat, rather than building her. So far, I have worked hard at maintaining the highest standard of craftsmanship of which I am capable, and it would be silly to cut corners. I must be patient, especially if I’m not to be disappointed with the end result. My disposition is important; therefore I must not let my feelings bring about an unsatisfactory outcome.