what’s so fair about fairing?

According to System Three’s The Epoxy Book, fairing “is the operation of filling the low spots on a boat hull or auto body to the level of the high spots, eliminating waviness and hollows“. That sounds easy, right?

In the month or so since the last update I managed to complete construction of the keel and glass the VG23’s exterior. Last weekend began the process of fairing the hull and already I’m starting to see a problem developing:
See, I’m not a particularly patient person. I’ll work hard, (possibly even a little obsessively), provided I see progress being made. Once I begin to feel things are bogging down however, I have a tendency to convince myself that the current state of affairs is “good enough”. Something I almost always regret later. Unfortunately, from my limited experience, patience seems to be a key “ingredient” in the fairing process…

I’m hoping though that I can use the fast approaching winter to my advantage. Figuring I probably only have a few more weeks before it becomes simply too cold in the hayloft to work with epoxy and fairing compound, I’d like to get the fairing job well begun before winding down for the winter. The theory being that the winter off will serve to dull any negative feelings I have about fairing and I’ll be raring to get back at it come spring.

Of course, there’s always the risk that little scheme will backfire. It’s possible that spring will roll around and knowing full well how tedious the fairing process will be I’ll succumb to another of my problematic characteristics – procrastination.

4 Responses

  1. Tim Zim says:

    October 11, 2006 at 8:06 am

    I know exactly what you mean.

    That “good enough” attitude and procrastination are international diseases!

  2. HouseboatBuilder says:

    October 11, 2006 at 8:53 am

    Have you flowcoated yet? If you flowcoat a layer of epoxy to fill the weave, you will most likely save yourself some sanding and fairing in the long run. Greg and I did this exactly backwards.

  3. andrew says:

    October 11, 2006 at 10:51 am

    @Tim, in a way it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Though judging from the steady progress you’re making I wonder if these diseases vary in severity. When the cure is found I’ll likely need the extra strength dose. ;-)

    @OzzieC, after the initial glassing I applied a thin coat of epoxy and then began fairing. First pass was really just that, a weave filler. I’m pretty happy with how that turned out – the edges on seams and my wavy chines are going to be the kicker. I think.

    It’s good to hear from both of you. I get a real inspirational boast from your progress reports.


  4. Matthias says:

    November 26, 2007 at 1:07 am

    That sounds so familiar!!!!

    All I can say is that every time you start getting tired of a job, try thinking about the fair winds and following seas that you will be able to enjoy on your boat shortly. It worked for me most of the time but I do have to admit that I didn’t have half of the job you’re encountering.

    Enjoy your winter,


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