Yes, I’m taking a holiday from the boat and the sanding/fairing.
On Sunday, the deck and coachroof was rubbed down, cleaned/hoovered and the fairing continued. There was loadsa dust from the grinding I did to enlarge the holes from the old exhaust pipe, 2 cockpit drains and the old gas drain. On the inside of those holes, I used thickened epoxy resin and glassed over the holes prior to filling the outside with epoxy and glass fibre.
At home, I’ve finished the synthetic teak panel for the aft locker. It looks fine and is just about OK, if you don’t look too closely! However, I messed up the cutting for the next panel and had to start again by replacing two of the outer edges. It’s fine now, but I was not a happy bear!
Earlier on Thu, the Boss and I went shopping. Actually, it was me doing all the buying of bits for the boat, including a new wind display, seacocks and skin fittings, new bolts for the cleats, and so on…..
Well, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to my two readers!
On a nice wet Monday, I went to the boat to start the 1st lot of fairing and the next lot of filling. However, after a small amount of sanding the 1st lot of fairing was smooth, however, I had hoped to fair the next lot of epoxy filler. I didn’t ‘cos it was still soft after 3 hours curing – too cold! Had to think of other things to do!
I’ve drilled the pilot holes for the moved cockpit drains. Drilling the two holes took 2 minutes, however, getting them in the right place took over ¾ hour to get the plumb lines in the right place!
Next was the removal of all the sink drains in the galley and heads. It was easy to cut the old tubes, but I needed to get the galley sink shelves out to remove the seacocks. That required the removal of a small ply bulkhead which was so seriously delaminated that it had clearly been soaked in water since new. I will make a new bulkhead in 2 pieces for easier replacement. The 2 shelves under the sink came out easily but they need revarnishing and the laminate re-stuck. More winter jobs.
I had serious doubts about the quality of the seacocks so now that I have removed the final three, I can check them at home and replace bits as needed. They had different types of sealant, one appeared to have a still unset mastic with a cotton thread/material filler. Another had no sealant at all! The tubes were not the correct size either and a ‘Y’ piece was too large and the tubes had broken; no suprise that they leaked from vrious places! The problem with seacocks is sea-water interacting with the zinc in the bronze which, if leached away, will leave a very weak copper seacock which is very vulnerable to breaking. I will make some hard-wood backing pads for them as they only had large washers as plates. I won’t mention the colour inside the tubes! The seawater inlet for the galley will be re-installed but the seacock will be blanked off as we don’t use seawater for rinsing – useful to save fresh water when ocean sailing which we don’t now.
I’ve almost finished the synthetic teak panel for the aft locker lid – very good it looks too. Need to find some 40 grit glass paper to rub it down to give it its non-slip surface. Probably put up a photo next time.
The Boss came down to the boat on Tue and we have reached a (sort of) milestone. We have scraped the last bit of paint off the deck & coachroof. All that is needed before we start painting is a quick orbital-sand of all the flat surfaces, and probably twice the amount of time to rub down all the edges and corners. The Boss has done most of the bow and mid-ships. The weather is reasonable down here in the SW compared with elsewhere, but it will not be good enough to start painting (+15ºC and <75% humidity). There are plenty of holes, grournches (sic) (bits where I’ve messed up), gelcoat blemishes & cracks etc to be filled and smoothed.
The other cockpit lid is now smooth and flat which means we will be able to sit on them with being in a puddle. The “teak” panel for this lid is work-in-progress and should be finished this week. Unfortunately, the only place I can leave them flat is in the spare room, so if you come and stay, you will have a panel or more of PVC decking next to you.
The rudder was wobbling quite a bit at the lower bearing, so I removed and Robin from Boating World is getting an insert made for a tighter fit. I’ve also rubbed off all the antifouling from the skeg and rudder and exposed several weak spots, including a couple of places where water has got in and is now trying to escape. Several holes has given the water a way out. A month or so before launch, I’ll fill the holes with epoxy and put several layers of epoxy paint over the rudder and skeg. That should last my lifetime, I hope. The skeg on a Sadler 34 is not the best engineered, so I’m using a bit of stainless steel plate as a backing pad for all 9 bolts that hold the skeg onto the boat. It should make it stiffer and more secure.
The wood for the replacement toe rail is currently being machined and should be ready for fitting soon.
Since my last post on 17 Nov, it would appear from my blog that we have been doing nothing. It’s just that we are doing more of the same and it not worth posting. However,
The sanding/scraping of the old paint of the coachroof continues, albeit slowly. I’m scraping paint off because sanding takes the paint off but as it’s very hard, it wears out the sanding discs/belts very quickly. The other issue is that it’s very easy to remove too much and it wears throughthe gelcoat and, in places, I’ve gone through to the fibreglass underneath. Ooops! But I will put a extra or two coat of epoxy on them later.
At home, I’ve been able to fully clean up the two locker lids, and I’ve levelled the top of the main cockpit lid. It takes much more resin to level the lids than I thought, I’m up to 4Kg of the stuff but almost finished the aft cockpit locker. I’m also cleaning up the anchor locker lid, main hatch and its garage.
Also, I’ve made up the first panel of synthetic teak. There are several errors but it will work fine. It needs a bit more sanding with very coarse grit to get rid of the spilt bits of glue.
1st attempt with making up the panels of synthetic teak