So I found a ton of rot due to these leaking fill plates on both sides of the boat. There is a water tank under each settee with corresponding fill plate on deck. Both sides were leaking for years it seems. The chain plates too, why not.
I had to completely tear out the back of both settees all the way to the hull. Once I get these leaks fixed I need to rebuild the settees.
Looks like quite a bit of fun to be had. When it comes time to put it back together, rip up some plywood door skins and use a hot glue gun to get your panel shapes if they old ones didn't come out in pattern shaped pieces.
The fills on my boat are inside the cockpit lockers. Thought it was a bit odd when I bought her, but after a few years the idea has grown on me. Hard to get a standing water leak, on a fitting inside a locker.
Ah yes, I remember this well.
That's about the same place my sette was rotting.
But the leak was because of the toerail and stanchions.
I do not envy doing that repair.
Isn't it amazing how well,paint holds things together until it doesn't anymore.
Ya, my Dad used to worksecurity for the tanker ships going around Africa. He said a lot of the ships were just held together by hundreds of layers of paint.
He claims to have almost removed a bar from a railing by chipping away at the paint with his knife.
Ha, good one!
I almost bought a Baba 30, but a friend passed and wanted to me to own his Mariner 32, his estate executor sold it to me for $5000USD.
Of course it needed work.
Lucky for me, it wasn't that extensive.