Perfect is the enemy of good.

When I was trimming the fiberglass at the back of the cockpit coaming my utility knife slipped and I made a cut about 2″ long in the fiberglass cloth on top of the coaming. I didn’t sand it out at the time because I thought that the epoxy coat that would follow would soak into it and make it invisible. That didn’t work out like I thought it would. So I let that coat of epoxy cure figuring that I still needed to sand the high spots out of the tape anyway, and at that time I would sand far enough into the tape to get the cut out. I did that, and that didn’t work out like I thought it would either. As you can see in the photos below the scratch is still visible. Now I have to decide if I want to try again to sand it out, or leave it the way that it is and call it good enough. I’m not sure what to do. I’ll sleep on it and decide tomorrow.

Being a perfectionist is not always compatible with being a first time kayak builder.

EDIT: I have decided to leave it as is.

The back of the coming (above) with the scratch.
The front of the coaming (above).
The back of the coaming from an angle from which you cannot see the scratch. :^)
The scratch is very visible in this image (just about dead center) down in the fiberglass.

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