Originally, I had planned to suspend each float in mid-air so that I could apply each primer coat in one shot. This is still a good plan for the top coat, but I think I'll do the primer coats piece by piece, as the floats are laying on their sides. Main reason is that the primer coats will need sanding (of course) and I don't want to be raising and lowering the floats all the time.
The other thing I got done today, was to cut out the holes for my hatches on the starboard float. You might recall, that I wasn't too keen on the Ronstan inspection hatches. My wife however thought they looked much nicer than the Tempress model, so the Ronstan's are here to stay. I'll have to remember, not to do any dancing on top of my floats.
Here I'm stretching a string so I can measure and mark the hatch locations on the center line:
Here's my circle-drawing tool in action; note the use of A550 corecell foam - it gives the tool extra stiffness so that more accurate, marine-grade circles are produced, which is of critical importance for this application:
Once the hole outlines are drawn, it's just jigsaw work. Here's how the hatches look, set into place:
Finally, here's one more shot of of the large hatch in action: