With the sole cut away revealing the foot well, I needed to remove the paint in this area. After 20 minutes with my orbital sander (80 grit), my hull looked like this. 45 minutes later, the hull looked like this. I wanted to create an Old World look with the foot well. I took a piece of 3/8″ Okoume plywood and routed small cuts 2.5″ apart to simulate planking.Two coats of epoxy applied to top sides of panels (applied 8 hours apart). I did not sand between coats. This created a natural non-skid texture. At this point, the back side of the panels are raw uncoated plywood. I wet the back sides with un-thickened and then thickened epoxy when I installed the panels. I used my ballast to weigh down the panels. Once cured, I’ll create a large fillet to the edges, tying the panels to all surrounding bulkheads. I’ll then finish with high gloss spar varnish.
Steps I took:
- Cut out the sole with jig saw.
- Cut the sole flush with the bulkhead cleating on the aft side BH 5 and the forward side of BH6 using a flush-cut router bit.
- Round over all edges.
- Remove bottom paint with scraper and orbital sander.
- Cut to fit hull doubler using 3/8″ plywood pieces (It requires two pieces, one piece won’t fit through the opening).
- Planed the back side edges of the panel pieces to fit over the existing fillet between the hull and bulkheads (this allows the panels to fit flat).
- Applied 2 coats of epoxy to the top side of panels.
- Applied wet epoxy to the back side of panels and the foot well.
- Spread thickened epoxy on both back side panels and foot well.
- Install and weight the panels.