First of all, high fives! You totally rock in the Git'er Done department
And your photo essay is great, too.
Nice job on the re-tabbing. Oh boy, could I hear you when you said to have all the pieces cut and ready. In fact, since they are typically going to be painted, I just write right on my pieces with a black sharpie so I can keep track of them. Then I wet them all out on a big sheet of plastic right next to where I'm going to apply them. Not that you
need any tips now
By your extreme time limits, I'm guessing you were working with polyester resin (large amount of resin, a few drops of catalyst, and a smell that permeates your clothing). If you venture into the realm again, you might want to try epoxy. It's got better secondary bonding characteristics (i.e. it will stick better to old work, although you still have to prep properly), a much longer open time, and does not smell (although still important to wear protective gear). It's a bit more expensive, but in the small quantities we use for these types of projects, not a big deal.
In fact, one of the reasons boatyards tend to favor Vinylester (a variation on polyester) is that the long "open" time of epoxy makes it hard to get things done when you're trying to make money, yet still not charge the customer an arm and a leg. (Vinylester is also a good resin, so it's not like they're delivering a sub-standard product.)
Oh, and cute web holding the Ensolite back.
I can't wait to see the progress as you continue to make the new egg yours