How to spot highs and lows

Practical Boat Owner - - Practical -

By far the best tool for spot­ting ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties is a crit­i­cal eye. Get down low to the sur­face you’re ex­am­in­ing and look at it from ev­ery an­gle and you’ll spot prob­lems that evade a sim­ple glance. Hands work well too: when you’re sand­ing, run a hand over your work reg­u­larly to find small bumps and hol­lows.

There are ways you can help your eyes, how­ever. The in­struc­tions which come with the boat kit sug­gest draw­ing a grid over the whole boat be­fore us­ing a long­board (sand­pa­per at­tached to – you’ve guessed it – a long board) to give the hull an ini­tial sand. The board will bridge across any high points, re­mov­ing the grid, while leav­ing the marks un­touched in any hol­lows.

Mike Pick­les, fore­man at Har­bour Ma­rine Ser­vices in Southwold and reg­u­lar au­thor of our ‘View from the Boat­yard’ col­umn, rec­om­mends sim­ply scrib­bling over the area to be faired be­fore us­ing the long­board.

Long­boards made short work of fair­ing

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