Day 5 of varnishing. Now about 75% complete, with just the floors, headliner
battens, and the port side of the aft cabin
I have also started painting the sun and water
damaged veneer in the pilothouse white. Still not sure about this, but is certainly easier to paint
the ply around the windows than replace it, and if it looks too bad I can still replace it at a later date. Using an oil
over the existing oil
, so will probably need at least 3 coats. Much harder to paint with white than varnish
, as I now have to clean up every drip, smear, spatter.
There are quite a few teak
plugs in the floors and walls that have discoloured, making me believe the screws underneath have rusted due to the flooding (floor) or from deck
, or window leaks
. I had planned not to varnish these areas until I had re-bedded the hatches, windows, and deck hardware
, replaced the screws, and inserted new plugs, but have now varnished them anyway, and will need to go back and re-touch after resolving.
Test started the engine again today.
Work planned for the yard :-
1. inspect the bottom, prop, rudder
for paint, corrosion
, anodes etc.
2. get advice on how to do the antifouling work myself
3. clean the area around any corrosion
and grind off the glass patch in the bilge
4. get any pin-holes or pits welded
5. clean up any flaking paint on the bottom or rudder
6. prime any bare aluminium with etching primer
7. apply antifouling paint
8. grind off any loose paint on pilothouse, cockpit
combings, dorade vents, then prime and paint.
And if time permits ...
9. re-bed the hatches
10. replace cracked pilothouse window
11. re-bed hull
12. test Sika 290 for teak
13. continue with varnishing the interior
, rewiring the fridge, fixing radar
, ordering engine gaskets, autopilot
backbone cable, new VHF radio
, replacement starter solanoid etc.