Running repairs

Rotten cabin side repairs!


When I purchased this boat I did it in trepidation, as the only really bad fault was the mahogany cabin where it joins the steel deck, it has over the last half century been badly bodged by different owners, the diseased rotten timber has not been removed where it caps over the steel lip of the deck edge, consequently the entire front has needed to be removed as well as a large proportion of the port side cabin roof.

The deck lip is made of mild steel unlike the rest of the hull and deck which is corten steel and rust free! unfortunately it is  in a shocking state but can be saved after rust removal.

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Just a little rot ?

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could be serious?

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Well this is quite ghastly !!

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now for the owatrol.

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Now for a coat of owatrol and three coats of lead primer.

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they’ll see me coming !!

2014-11-13 08.40.37 Here we have the new plank of African mahogany, cut with a very handy small circular saw running along the same straight edge used on the cabin sides.

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Initial fit, there was quite a twist needed to follow the cabin top.

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Tricky joint nothing is square!


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All glued up with epoxy wood to wood and polymer sealant between the deck lip and cabin side, with drilled and Whitworth tapped holes and brass countersunk bolts.

Was actually a pig of a job getting those joints to fit tight and all the edges in line up decently, not to mention lining up the screw   holes and bolts.

This is the worst of the repairs to be done to the cabin, though am still planning to take off the bottom three inch’s  of the cabin all round as there is more slightly soft timber and I am expecting the steel lip of the deck to be severely rusted, so this will have to be treated otherwise the rust draws the moisture swells the joint and allows more water to enter and rot sets in!

2014-11-20 15.33.11After a considerable amount of sanding from 80 grit down to 180, nice smooth rounded sides. Dust you wouldn’t beleive it!

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Now for a coat of ammonia to darken it slightly then some water stain made from walnut Crystals, new mahogany is pink, mellowed and old mahogany is a lovely rich red tint, the new mahogany will shade darker in the light but that takes time and I want it to match now!

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Looking good , first coat of two pack polyurethane primer, drys in about ten minutes at 8  degrees!

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Inside the front of the cabin the two covering rails that bridge the joint between cabin and deck were looking like they had more diseased timber in the corner, so too safe guard the spread of rot to my new timber have removed these ends, actually it was better under these pieces than I expected, makes a change!

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