Thanks for the welcome.
Since I last wrote things have moved along.'The deck
is repaired. It turned out to be a ply sandwich so I replaced that, all embedded in epoxy
(Bote Cote) and reused the old panels
, layered over with tape and mat and more Bote Cote. Quite pleased with the result. The ceiling of the V berth can now be recovered with new headlining. I reset all the deckfittings having drilled oversize and filled with epoxy. I'm confident that I've eliminated water
entry. Down below there was another yielding area, basically from where one steps inside through to the end of the CB case. In our boat there is access down the port side of the CB case and the galley
table/double berth is starboard of the CB case, with a well under the table for feet when sitting. Anyway I started cutting away thinking it was the same construction and have found that under the floor there is another layer of fibreglass domes about 50mm in diam with foam around them. My power tool has died so the project
has stalled while I await a warranty replacement. (It is a vibrating Multitool that eats the fibreglass without making any airbourne dust and leaves only a 1mm tidy cut. I've abandoned angle grinders for such work!)
Anyway........the area that is not yet released is alongside the CB case where a previous repair seems to have poured in some sort of bog which set solid and is making the job difficult. It seems that it is the foam core layer that has collapsed, along with the fibreglass panel it sits on. It all looks pretty ugly but I guess nothing is irreplacable and I can't see what I'm really facing until I get the panel off. Sigh.......
Another job I'm quite please with is replacing the old and wobbly outboard
bracket with a new one. The motor
is a Honda
8hp weighing about 45 kg and I have "re-engineered" the deperately badly made Chinese replacement with extra springs which actually take a good load of the engine
when leaning over the back to raise or lower. So looking forward to a Spring sail! Been a long, cold winter here.
Thanks for listening!
Country Victoria, Australia