The Awl Quik we applied the previous weekend looked really good when we showed up on Saturday with longboards in hand. We sanded all day Saturday and found a couple of low spots. Fortunately, we didn’t break through the Awl Quik/High Build layer, so we’ll only have to apply additional Awl Quik in spots. But then I discovered a problem that had been right in front of me since August 2008.
While preparing the aluminum aft enclosure for primer, I realized that the Southern Maryland welder/fabricator who built it for me had welded it together wrong. Son of a …..
To make the boat pretty once it’s shiny, though, we had to make the Awl Quik ugly.
First, we used razor blades to apply 3M Marine Premium Filler to surface imperfections. Next, we sprayed a guide coat over the whole thing.
While the Boatamalans were longboarding, I was working around the helm station doors when I noticed a huge problem with the aluminum portion of the starboard helm door opening: the SMIB* welder/fabricator I commissioned in 2008 to build the aft enclosure had welded one of the panels in the wrong place!
*SMIB: n. Acronym for “Southern Maryland InBred”. Refers primarily to the residents of St. Mary’s Co Maryland, who are obsessed with lite beer, pro wrestling, and NASCAR.