Obviously the foredeck has camber and fitting a flat hatch was going to be a challenge. Rather than spending an age on cutting very complex shapes I have fabricated out of 8 pieces. Hopefully they are all a little proud and can be fettled to one planar surface afterwards 🤞
Also in the bow area I have added under deck reinforcements for the bow fitting and the fair leads. The hatch is a real bonus in allowing access to these critical parts and gives the ability to throw bolt with further reinforcements.
The storing on the sleeping platform also sorted
Finally lots of sanding and filling of the deck has started, this is not going to be an overkill just enough to be sound and look reasonably OK
Following your project with interest. Bit puzzled by ‘colonial’ silica though…
Thanks and ooops auto correct colloidal silica, will go back and edit. I’m a bit obsessed with it, but have a strong vision of what I want