Monday, 31 December 2012

Now for something less stressful? Part II

After the long period of time sorting out in the boat. It was time to get the outside of the hull in a condition to look like it was when it was new. This was going to take a long time and a great deal of patience. This time was going to take the best part of 3 or 4 months over a period of a couple of years when it was fitted in around of work I was doing on other people's boats and when the weather was good to do outside. The first to do was to clean out the old caulking in the seams from the deck to the keel. This was a very mind deading jobs racking out the seams with a old racking tool with out destroying the edges of the seams. It is amazing how long a 22 foot boat becomes when you have to clean out that many seams. But at least when it was finally done and the seams were cleaned of all the old caulking and linseed putty it was a job well done. Then there were a few planks that needed refastening where they had moved over the years and where ribs had broken and needed replacing, before recaulking the seams after they had been primered with underwater primer. The problem area was the garboard planks as these needed refastening the most as the ribs in the bottom of the boat had broken over the hog and had to be replaced from the mast step right back to where the inboard engine used to be. So out came the stream box and a fun few hours streaming and nailing in new ribs in, was to keep my wife and I busy has one pull them from the stream box while the other drilled the holes and nailed them in place. We make a great team and the job was done in quick time.

Then my wife said that she would like to try her hand at caulking the seams with caulking cotton. this she did after I sorted out the caulking cotton and showed her how to do it. She said in was relaxing after the stressful work she does and having done a great deal of it over the past 30+years I was only to happy for her to do it.

However she did not like the next bit as much, painting the seams and then getting the linseed putty out of the tubs and working it into the seam. She said I done my bit it now time for you to get your hands dirty. So there I was seating on a stool with putty knife in one hand and the putty in the other and a long way to go to fill all the seams up again. I sometimes think why to I own a wooden boat?
But when all is said and done they give you hours of fun both on and off the water.

Once that job was done, then it was left a while so the the putty would skin over before starting to paint the boat again and get the hull looking like new again which was going to take sometime.