29 June 2014

Anchor Platform Repair

The CD 28 vintage 1981 employed an ash plank at the bow to support the anchor, and also to move the sail plan forward for balance.  The headstay was moved forward a bit and supported by a bobstay in later models.   Later versions also replaced the ash with teak.

Unfortunately ash is not well behaved when unprotected, unvarnished or (to put it mildly) actually used.  The result of such exposure is shown in the photo.  Yuck.

This means that every so often (a.k.a. too often) folks like me take the wood down to bare wood and start over.  Here's what this process look like after perhaps 3 or 4 delightful hours on one's knees.

The next step is to recoat with varnish.  In our case we went with 4 coats of (cheap) varnish, followed by machine sanding.  This provides a base to allow the final varnish coats.  I decided on 3 additional coats (for a total of 7), and found the result more utilitarian that glamorous.  Works for me.

And finally the result:

24 June 2014

We're Back, Once Again ... We Think

It's been a while but this time we intend to follow through.  Yacht "Kerry Deare" went into the water on 01 June 2014, and the saga begins again.  We are presently working to restore (if that's the word) this yacht to operational condition.  That should be rather simple, because all that is necessary is to overcome a few seasons of layup (and all that entails).

So far the wood trim on deck has been under attack, the cabin sole has been brought up to snuff, and the diesel cooling system has been checked and repaired.  More to follow.