This item will need to be ready to sail next week for the Minisail Nationals.
My blacksmith seems to be on holiday so I'll forget about the stainless parts I need for mounting the seat, a shame but it will have to be without the seat.
Same for the refurbished rudder: The hardware is not there so I'll mount the one I have from my 40+ Sprite.
So "Nearly done (Part I)" will have a second or even a third sequel.
The progress in pictures is in the photo-album "Minisail_301011" starting from page 12.
Fairing the rubrail with the deck sheets was a joy yo do, but -again- I underestimated the time that it would take.
Once it was faired and shaped I could apply a layer of impregnating (thin) epoxy to he sides.
Now the entire surface was smiling at me I gave it a light sanding and a second coat of polyester varnish. Nice!
Next the hull was tuned over and the rubrail was sanded flush with the outwale, followed by yet another session of impregnating.
This was a good time to finally make the recessed bed the rear gudgeon plate needs to be mounted in. Making a one off router jig with gaffer tape and bits of wood is always a bit of a gamble, a router is a very unforgiving tool, but if it works the job is so rewarding. And it was.
(This should have been done a lot earlier but my timing with my blacksmith was no good. I wanted to taylor the recessed slot to the gudgeon plates he would make but by now I still haven't got them and now I'll just mount some used ones I have lying round.)
Gluing the teardrop shaped mastfoot block, the four toestrap blocks and the rear rudder block was a delicate job with all the fresh varnish surrounding.
Next will be adding the 9 to my 000 sail, replacing all the candy coloured strings of my rig with a plain black one and install the footstraps. Ah easy time...