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Old 11-03-2010, 19:31   #1
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Should I Caulk My Carvel Planking Now?

I own a 72 ft Indonesian yacht type phinisi built in 2000, Sulawesi. Construction is ironwood and teak carvel planking. The planks are pegged together. The last owner says she was last caulked in 2005 and has urged me to consider recaulking. The yacht was dry docked a year ago and the hull sanded and prepared for Jotun anti-fouling and top paint. There were some minor seam damage near the stern which the dry dock carpenter made good with a mixture of epoxy and cement. She didn't appear in need of recaulking.

She takes in about 20 lts water a day which can be emoved in a few minutes with the bilge pump, although I suspect that most of this comes through the stern gland packing.

We are based in the Philippines and there is no experience here of carvel wood construction, even the dry dock in Mindanao had no idea. The nearest place would be to return her to Bira for around a three week beaching, but I am afraid to sail back down through Indonesian waters coz of immigration,, customs and port officials are so corrupt and really flease you if yr a foreigner.

Is caulking such a large hull feasible as a DIY job, what are the best materials to use? and tools required. I once did a fishing boat deck which was African teak (iroko) but was not happy with the results.

Any suggestions and advice?
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