Tuesday and Wednesday were a major hump. The tension was evident in the air, Damon was feeling the pressure. The incredibly cold snap that was happening proved to be a fight to hang onto all the hard work that had been invested up to this point. I had stayed overnight on-site Tuesday to keep it hydrated and curing, while Wednesday’s cement work on the beavertail was also at risk of improper curing because of the weather. After Damon literally handled cement all day in bone-chilling temperatures, and managed with some offered help from friends, to hoist the massive and heavy rudder into place, it seemed best to continue a night watch again, though I worked in the morning. We wrapped the beavertail as best we could with tarps and plastic and tuck tape, and put a flood light in the little makeshift tent to try the best we could to keep the chill off. It was just a waiting game.
Thursday was the day scheduled to put an epoxy patch over the cemented patch to make it quite nearly bomb-proof. Again temperatures had us worried. So the application went on on Thursday afternoon, was tarped off again with some extra construction lights and a propane construction heater, and we all went home and crossed our fingers!!!
Friday morning, I was in the ferry line-up heading to work and wondering the status, when Russell, our boatworks/epoxy guy passed me and came over to tell me the RELIEVING news that the patch had held perfectly!!
And as a sneak peak — it’s final product….
TA DA!! And that’s the patch. During curing periods, Damon worked tirelessly on the stern, a bent beavertail needed repaired, and WELL, as it holds the the rudder (which wasn’t even attached to the boat, as due to the damage).