Believe me. I have no illusions about a 40 year old boat. I should have said great shape, for a 40 year old boat. The last owner was an older gentleman that was obviously not capable of doing this kind of work or keeping up with it. The owner before that is a rigger and had the boat for 10 years and had gone through all the systems at some point. I went through every inch of the boat and most of the problems I expected to find just were not there. The 2 year old survey
showed the boat pretty well but I don't trust anything but my own eyes.
My next step is to pull the chainplates and inspect and polish them and replace all the bolts. (I'm a jeweler and one thing I do know is how to look at metal) The other chainplates look good so far and are dry. This was the only one with a seep.
I do like the Idea of doubling the bulkhead with new wood. Easier to keep things looking tidy that way. I have plenty of wood rot epoxy
on hand. Glad to know that starboard won't cut it. My original idea was to use G10. That is one material I know has the strength for the task at hand. And also glad you reminded me about mixing aluminum and steel
. I have to remind myself that marine
systems have to be thought out differently. I'll keep a record
of how this goes.
I imagine the solution will reveal itself as we break it down for inspection
. I'm lucky to have a marina full of experienced helpers and a Coast Guard inspector in the slip next to me.
This is the beautiful bulkhead that I hate to start whacking on.