My 2013 Beneteau Oceanis
48, is on the hard
for it’s second bottom job. The first time out, I let the yard do its thing without much supervision or input. This time, interesting questions are surfacing to which neither I nor the yard personnel seem to know the answers.
The elliptical shape of the saildrive
shaft drops through a round hole in the hull
of the boat. The resulting void is covered by a two part panel that is flush with the bottom of the hull
There is an approximately 1/2" gap between the panels
and the saildrive
shaft. I am guessing that the space between these panels
and the place where the drive passes through the structural part of the hull is about six inches.
Whatever the precise measurements, there is a void above the bottom of the hull and below the top of the saildrive housing assembly where several gallons of water
are free to slosh to and fro.
It seems like it would be a fairly major undertaking to remove those panels to gain access to the top of the saildrive housing assembly for debris removal
and painting. On the one hand, doing this as a part of a normal bottom job seems excessive. On the other hand, totally ignoring that whole part of the sail-drive seems sloppy.
What is the normal and recommended procedure for dealing with this hidden part of the saildrive housing?
I have a similar issue with the bow thruster. While none of that surface area is hidden, a lot of it is poorly accessible—if not for painting then at least for sanding
. Like the saildrive fairing, there is a separate piece that runs the full width of the bow thruster cylinder’s underside. It looks like it was put there to provide access to this area but, perhaps it was put there just to make installation
easier. Would it be a major undertaking to remove and replace?
How should I be thinking about removing the old paint
from this part of the hull? How to paint
it afresh? It looks like the paint was just slopped on with a brush last time. Sooner or later the old paint is going to have to be removed.