The morning of 28th of May 2013 Freespirit was once more united with its new bonnet…. the now infamous ‘stealth dodger’.
Much joy as we removed the dodger from its temporary home back to its permanent one. It fitted perfectly of course, just dropped right back into where it came from thanks to Chris’ eye for detail and the strategically placed support brackets that were attached before it was removed. These brackets held the whole lot in shape and ensured that nothing moved out of position whilst we were laying on the fibreglass and sanding it.
With the dodger loaded up on Chris’ truck we headed back to the marina to fit and finally see it in place for real. Not just pieces of ply glued together anymore, she was a solid unit and soon to become a permanent fixture on Freespirit.
Some liberal application of Sicaflex and stainless steel screws provided a bedding and mechanical fastening between the dodger and the coachroof.
The next day saw us carefully coving of the corners and joins in preparation for the bonding layers of fibreglass the following day.
With two layers of matting and liberal applications of resin then finally peel ply, she was done. A permanent fixture never to be separated by man or nature (we hope) and looking very much a part of the boat now.
Next comes the fiddly bits of sanding (groan), filling (double groan) and finally painting (joy).
When the paint is dry Chris will carefully fit the windows and new front hatch and Kettering will resound to the popping of champagne corks.
Well, that’s the plan. =8D