Work continues under blue skies and a warm south wind today. More hardware removal, sanding and chipping going on. I also pulled out the four 15 lb. dumbbells from beneath the bunk flat. When building Spartina I found that dumbbells were both the cheapest way to purchase ballast and also the easiest form to fasten in place. With a cleat and a piece of line they are held securely on either side of the centerboard trunk. Salt water gets down in there now and then and they were starting to rust. I pulled them out for a good coating of rustoleum, something I should have done in the first place.
Spartina has 60 lbs of lead in the dumbbells, plus 100 lbs in the steel plate centerboard. I have both heard and read that this is too much weight. Possibly it is just for day sailing in comfortable weather, but on a cruise when a broader range of wind and weather is the case, I'm happy to have the additional stability.
Chance of rain tomorrow in the afternoon, but it is of no concern as I can work in the garage (though I do prefer working outside on sunny days like today). Temperature is the main concern for tomorrow's epoxy work. It should be in the mid-50's from mid-morning on. Perfect!