It was warm and humid on my morning walk, which I very much enjoyed. No coat for the first time this year and I was overdressed in sweat pants and a long-sleeved tee shirt. Spring, welcome back.
As soon as I was done with the walk I broke out the epoxy kit to put mahogany backing "plates" on some of Spartina's frames. I have long used bungees to hold gear under the side decks and behind the coaming between frames five and six, a perfect place to tuck away foul weather gear, hats, sandals or bottles of water. With 20 feet of bungee cord bought at West Marine yesterday I will replace the old bungee and extend it so that it goes between frames five, six and seven. The pieces of mahogany will be backing plates for the small line cleats that hold the bungee in place.
A note on prices. The epoxy I used is from the last kit I bought while building Spartina, bought for $200+. I call it a five gallon kit, it is really 4.35 gallons of resin plus a can of hardener. That kit now sells for over $350. The okume plywood I purchased for $55 a sheet is now about $90 a sheet. I'm glad I built Spartina when I did.
Spartina is a mess right now. That should change this weekend when I will clean out the boat and ready for painting. Then the deck plates go it, followed by the day sailing gear. Followed, in a week or two, by sailing.