Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sealing the Cabin

Now we are working to seal the cabin top and decks to stop all leaking, then prep for paint. This means removing all hardware from the decks, toe rails, & cabin, removing the windows, removing the chain plates, patching the deck, repairing and refinishing the toe rails, and sanding down the honeycomb.

First we needed to stop cabin roof leakage.  The windows are not the only leaky teak in the cabin top. The exterior trim leaks in many places. You can see where after it rains.  The wood behind the wet places inside the cabin is rotting.

Water drains in behind the trim in the corner of the V berth.

The top left picture below is the same corner as above from the outside.  The trim serves no purpose and fills the cabin with leaky holes so we decided to remove it.  We used Goof Off to scrape off the tar.  It unfortunately stuck all over the decks as it was coming off, despite attempts to contain it.  Underneath is the original buttery gel coat. We filled the holes with thickened epoxy.

We also removed the trim on the inside. The bottom rail trim was already mostly detached. We had it held up with tape to keep it from falling off.

The wood top and bottom is the original plywood panel. The center of the panel was cut out without removing the trim, and replaced. There is some wood damage to the upper strip on the port side. The wood on the bottom is rotting and peeling from leaking windows. The center panel is solid wood, and still pretty nice. None of the paneling or trim is structural so we will dig out the rot then add a thin strip to level it with the center panel, and put the trim back. Since the cabin should not leak, it should stay dry and rot free.
In the V berth is the original single panel which peeled off in layers.  The yellow near the bottom is the fiberglass.  This panel will have to be replaced.

We removed a couple windows. The sides are super thin compared to the inch and a quarter cabin top.

None of the screws in the windows were bedded.
I think it will look just fine without the trim.

We went back and forth on whether or not to take off the hand rails before painting, and ultimately decided not to. They are not leaking and AJ popped a few plugs on the inside to inspect the screws and they don't want to budge. If it ain't broke...we certainly can't afford to fix it. So they got sealed Starbrite Teak Sealer.

We stripped the cabin top of hardware  The screws in the hardware even with all their silicon, caulk and goop, came out easier than the screws in the floor boards.

We took apart the Hatches. Hopefully to go back together watertight.

The epoxy repairs peeled right off the rudder.  AJ popped them off with with just fingers.  There was a lot of water inside.  Oh sad rudder, there were no holes in it before. None.

The others should come off with the same lack of effort. These gouges do reveal some good news. That little bar showing through at the top is rust free stainless steel.  Which maybe means the rest of the frame is as well?

The heat is getting brutal, so we have adopted a morning and evening work schedule. Sunrise till one-ish, then come back at five-ish when the heat starts to break for 3 hours till dusk.  I'm looking forward to when the list of projects starts getting shorter rather than longer, but at least there is little left to spend money on,  just lots and lots of work.  How much work? Check out the new Checklist To Launch.

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