I am preparing to do a long term refit
of my 40’ steelie, over 1-2 years. I am trying to think of everything I need to do. Have some odd questions:
1. I am making a cradle
. Just wondering what material should be in contact with hull
. Wood retains moisture in wet weather
– don’t like that. Steel plate against hull
no good I think. So I am thinking about rubber lining, perhaps cut from old conveyor belt. Under keel
as well. Comments?
2. I’ve got manufacturer’s instructions about winterizing motor
diesel). It does not say anything about protecting bearings / cylinders other than changing oil
before layup - whereas my two stroke petrol (gas) gennie instructions say take spark plug
out and put a teaspoon of oil
in top of cylinder when not used long term. What happens to cylinder and bearings of a diesel
over 2 years sitting idle? Should I be worried? Is there anything I should do?
3. Not sure I should be concerned, but some steel boats (laid up for years) at the local hardstand are showing real deterioration of the hull below the waterline externally. I will water
blast hull when it comes out of water
, but is remainder of ablative antifoul ok to protect underlying epoxy
primer from UV.
All comments / advice appreciated.