December 2012: Winter Delight

01_storm_shelter_s

    Winter storms have been pulling the nails out of the ridgetop strip for awhile and we've been keeping it under control with tarp clips and a tensioned rope to allow for some give and then to snap back. This storm just tore the whole thing off. We replaced it with a new one tied to every frame and that has been holding up marvelously.

02_scarf_s

    Another scarf joint ready to glue. It's always that last 1/8" of gap that seems to take the longest.

03_oil_pan_off_s

    Oil pan removed, everything inside the crankcase looks marvelous.

04_day_4_broke_puller_s

    Attempt #1 to pull the prop, this resulted in a broken puller arm. Thanks Harbor Freight.

05_scarf_template_s

    Laying out scarf overlaps, each side panel is an inconvenient 10'x26"x1.25" panel. That means three 8'x22" sheets of waste and two scarfs per side. We'll use the drops elsewhere in the boat but it's hard to stomach sometimes!

07_scarf_apart_s

    All marked and ready to glue and clamp

08_pistons_s

    Pistons removed for decarbonizing. Rings look almost brand new, will measure them at work.

09_bulkhead_s

    Sealing the port lazarette bulkhead edges before installing

10_puller_rev_3_s

    Homemade puller. 1" FR4 (scrap) and 1/2" aluminum plate (scrap) with three 1/2-20 bolts and tall nuts. Coarse bolts didn't provide nearly enough pressure. This arrangement worked (finally) with a liberal application of heat. Knowing how much the yard will charge per hour to pull a prop we're going to keep this tool onboard.

10b_forepeak_s

    Marking the foredeck boards prior to removal. In addition to cleaning up the boards the sealant needs renewing. We may elect to go the epoxy route here.

10c_leakpath_s

    One of the results of failed sealant is water ingress into the transverse beams through the screw holes. This is a problem on this boat pretty much all around. The deck beams are screwed to the deck sandwich via these 3" #12 screws which are capped with sealant. As soon as the sealant begins to fail water then seeps into the beams rotting them from the inside out.

11_fwd_bulkhead_prep_s

    Forepeak prepped for bulkhead ticking . As a bonus it is more accessible for easy repainting.

12_forepeak_beam_s

    Here's the rotted forepeak beam as previously mentioned. This goes directly below the aftmost black sealant section where all the screws are lined up. Will use it to scribe a new beam and that will kick off the bulklhead renewal.