Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #24: Cleaning Up Hatch Openings and Applying Second Coat of Epoxy to Deck

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-13-2020 05:12 AM 929 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cleaning Up Hatch Openings
The hatch openings have four layers including the deck, hatch spacer, drip ring, and hatch sill. There was glue sueeze-out that I couldn’t reach to clean up when it was wet and also the layers didn’t line up perfectly. All this had to be cleaned up by a combination of scraping and sanding…a tedious process.

Stern hatch before epoxy.

Stern hatch after epoxy.

Bow hatch before epoxy.

Bow hatch after epoxy. These openings will receive a second coat of epoxy when I install the coaming ring.

Applying Second Coat of Epoxy to Deck

With the epoxy green cured (about eight hours), I trimmed the fiberglass cloth from the hatch openings and the cockpit with a razor. I also scraped the fiberglass cloth frays before they got to final cure.

Here’s the boat after two coats of epoxy applied to the deck and the hull. I’m happy with how it’s turning out. I sold my fishing kayak today, so I’m kicking the project into high gear to finish this replacement. We also have guests arriving in eight days, so I need to get the kayak done and finish the guest bedroom…nothing like a deadline!

Attaching the coaming ring.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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