Comparing the two pictures, you can immediately see how much sanding
area has been eliminated. All the overrun above has been eliminated, making
the job neater and easier to sand.
The foredeck after gelcoat repair and painting.
Its proper name is a boom saddle, but on such a small boat it looks
more like a 3/4-in. plywood donut. The damage to the foredeck was
from the jaws of the boom grinding and banging on the foredeck.
It's a lot easier to sand and paint the saddle than doing fiberglass and
gelcoat repair to the deck. Here, the jaws come onto the basically
sacrificial boom saddle instead.
P.S. - I would think Cape Dory had some way of dealing with the boom saddle issue when the boat was first built. Cape Dory has an owner forum, and I'm going to check with other owners to see if there are other ideas, but this saddle seems the best option thus far, but I'm not done with the matter. Another way would be to make a 1/4-inch fiberglass sheet and cut out a boom saddle and just leave it unpainted. We'll see.