I’m getting close to the end of my Guillemot build and had another problem pop up this weekend. I am using magnets to hold the hatch covers in place like Rob Macks describes in his book and videos. I had to heat one area to loosen the epoxy to correct the orientation of a magnet in the cover ( I’m not sure how I managed to screw that up). Once I got that taken care of and put the cover in place, I realized that the shape of the forward hatch cover does not match the shape of the deck. The starboard sides sits very close to flush with the deck while the port side is over 1/4” high.
When joining the deck and hull last fall, I had to do a lot of persuading to get the edges lined up. I cut the hatches after the halves were joined and the cover sat in the shop since last October. It looks like the front hatch has flattened out or the deck was pulled out of shape when I joined the halves.
I’m afraid I know the solution but hate the thought of heating and removing the fiberglass from the hatch cover. I’m sure the color won’t match if I do. I’ll likely try gentle heat first to see if I can get the cover to conform more closely to the shape of the deck. My attempt at gentle heat on the hull ended up causing a bubble in the fiberglass I had to cut out and patch.
The rear hatch didn’t have this problem but that may be because I got the magnets installed for it last fall and it sat in place on the deck.
Any suggestions before I get out the heat gun?
thanks in advance