Thursday, February 28, 2019

Salon Maple Tambour Progress January 2019

I was able to take a month in January of 2019 and head to Florida to work on the boat. I retired last year and now have more time and money to devote to getting this project done.  I considered buying a catamaran myself and scrapping this project but something in me wants to finish what we have started.

For some of you new to the blog, Wildthing is a 1980 Pan Oceanic 46 pilothouse sailboat. It was purchased in 2003 in Bradenton Florida.  The boat was move to a boat yard in St Petersburg Florida where is remained for 3 years. During that time teak decks were removed and the topsides were painted. The mast was pulled and all standing rigging was replaced. Other major work included demolition of the interior, new engine and fuel tanks. In 2008 we sailed it down to Cape Coral Florida where it has remained for the past 10 years. 

Past blog posts have attempted to show updates on the work done during these past 10 years.  We have had the opportunity to day sail the boat in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area but have not taken any big trips to date.

The goal during this month was to see if we could finish up the majority of the interior to turn it back into a livable blue water cruising boat.

I arrive and tried to come up to speed on what needed to be done. My brother Brad and I are working on this project together so having two people working definitely helps. We sat down and developed to do list of the projects we wanted to complete. We decided the best use of our time would be to complete the interior tambour wall treatments and finish the flooring in the salon and galley. I had purchased some parts for the auto pilot and hydraulic steering so if we had time we would tackle that installation also.

My brother is still working part time but he has been putting many hours in preparing many of the pieces needed to finish the boat.  He has engineered, fitted and cut all the headliner pieces for the salon, forward cabin and galley. These all were painted and prepared for the job.  All of the headliner is trimmed out in solid teak pieces. These again had to be cut and fitted and given three coats of varnish. Many thousands of man hours have been put into this boat already. We have not kept track of the hours and I would be scared to guess just how many.

Last fall I came down and cut all the tambour for the salon. So the first thing was to get these pieces varnished with the final coat.

We set up a paint booth in the garage to finish the varnishing.

I prepped all the tambour pieces and Brad set up the spray gun so we could apply the final coat of varnish. We had all the pieces done in about an hour.

We used Epifanes varnish thinned down with a spraying thinner.

We let them dry for about 24 hour so they would cure nice and hard before we started gluing them up on the boat.

Before we fixed these pieces in place we had to give the existing teak trim three coats of varnish. This took a couple of days to varnishing and sanding. We started applying the tambour on the lower sections of the salon. These are small pieces and were easy to glue up.

Lower salon

Lower salon

Lower salon bracing in place

We glued up several pieces a day and used bracing to make sure they did not move. This process was slow but it made sure the panels were attached securely.

We then glued up some larger panels in the seating area and the bulkheads in the main salon. Throwing these big pieces up made a huge difference and things started to take shape quickly.  The light maple tambour really brightened up the salon compared to the old dark teak veneer that was on all the surfaces.

Aft salon bulkhead

Forward salon Bulkhead with ceiling trim

Starboard Salon

Starboard Salon

Here are some final shots of the main salon with all the tambour finished.
Salon Bulkheads looking aft

Starboard salon 

Salon viewed from the galley

Lower salon 

Starboard side salon
Port Salon
The last piece going into the salon

Port Salon with cushions

Salon looking aft

We were super excited to see all the ugly bulkheads finally get covered up. It is finally starting to look like a boat again.  We still have some finish work to do such as attaching cabinet doors and adding some trim to the solid surface areas.  A month of work made a huge difference in the look of the boat. I hope to be back in the fall after hurricane season to complete the auto pilot, heads, forward berth and aft berths.

~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pan Oceanic Interior Bulkhead Tambour and Headliner Work

The winter has been pretty cold this years in South Dakota so it was time to head south to Florida to spend some time working on the boat. The Wildthing refit has been going slow because some of us still have full time day jobs. Hopefully that will change in the next year or two and we can devote our full time to getting the boat finished. Is a boat really every done?

Brad has been cutting and fitting all the new headliner pieces which turned out to be more of job than we expected. The main salon headliner is all painted and varnished and pretty much finished. The pilothouse pieces need to be painted and the trim needs to be varnished. The v-berth headliner stringers have been laid out and the headliner pieces have been rough fitted.

The last of the leaks were located around the windlass so that took an afternoon to pull up and re-bed with butyl rubber.  If you have not found out about butyl rubber yet look into it for all your hardware betting needs.  We have already gone back and re-bed items that previously put down with other products. Butyl rubber is the way to go.

This trip we focused on the bulkhead tambour installation. The Pan Oceanic interiors were built with a teak veneer plywood with solid teak trim.

Many leaks in the windows and cap rail over the years caused damage to much of the interior cabinetry.  Much of this damaged woodwork in the salon and galley was removed and has been replaced with new custom cabinetry.  It was decided to first peel off a layer of the veneer on the bulkheads and apply a maple tambour wood product over the top.  Some of the aft cabin and pilothouse has already been done as seen in some previous posts. We spent most of the week fairing out the surfaces cutting and dry fitting the tambour and gluing them into place.

Salon Forward Bulkhead
A maple wood tambour was used to lighten up the interior.  The dark teak trim remained and was stripped and refinished to provide a nice contrast. The tambour is very easy to work with. It comes in 8 foot long sheets that are one foot wide.  The pieces are first cut to length, dry fit then varnished with a clear Epifanes finish.

We were not a big fan of the glossy look so we went with a matte finish.  Brad set up a paint booth in his garage to do the spraying of the varnish on the tambour.

Pilothouse Tambour
The tambour was then glued to the bulheads. A vinly flooring glue product was applied with an one-eighth inch trowel to the back each piece. Long curtain rods were then use to hold the tambour in place while the glued dried overnight.

We also finished up applying tambour to the starboard side of the pilothouse.  This area has a table which can be converted into a nice double bunk if needed.

Salon Forward Bulkhead

Pilothouse Starboard

Pilothouse Aft

Pilothouse Tambour

The PO 46 has two heads. One is in the aft cabin while other mid ship near the galley.  The two heads originally both dumped waste into a 40 gallon tank under the pilothouse birth.  This was less than ideal and created a bad smell within the boat.

The new design was to place smaller holding tanks in each of the heads to contain the waste. All new plumbing, Y valves and pumps were added.  LaVac toilets were selected for use in both heads.

Rough fit of the head components

Running the white waste hose

All Plumbed in 
The plan is to paint the bulkheads in the head with a two part epoxy paint. This will be very durable and make for easy clean up. The finished face frame of the cabinet and sink will then be installed to complete the head.

Work continued on the headliner in the main salon after the panels were all painted painted. The panels were fabricated out of 1/4 inch plastic sheets called Sintra. We installed the panels and the four lights in the headliner. All of the teak battens were then fastened to cover the seams of the headliner.
Conventional brass lights were used which have been converted with new low wattage LED bulbs.

New headliner and lights

Starboard Side

Starboard Side aft

Port Side

Work continues!

~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Break 2014 Cape Coral, Florida

My son and I headed to Florida during Spring Break this year to escape the cold and do a little sailing.  He is a Freshman at the University of South Dakota.  It is kind of cool that he still likes to hang out with his Dad at his age.  Most kids would be off chasing things around the beach and partying all night like rocks stars.

This winter, as most of you know, has been a cold and miserable one in the Midwest and around the country.  Records show that this was the 7th coldest winter on record in South Dakota. We had 66 days below zero and 45 day below -10 degrees Fahrenheit. So it was nice to get a break from the cold and see a little sunshine. Temps were near 80 degrees every day while we were there.

We had a great flight down and were able to take a few shots of the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas as we past by overhead. We have many great memories of the Tampa/St. Peter area.  The boat was actually purchased in Bradenton and moved to a boat yard in Tampa where the refit started.  After it was back in the water it spent a few seasons in a marina in St. Pete before we moved it to Cape Coral.

Tampa/ St Pete



Cape Coral
We worked on a few projects on the interior of the boat and got it rigged for sailing.  A lightning storm has taken out the solar charger so it was replaced and back in action.  The interior work continues with the assembly of the new heads and cabinetry. A lot of work has been done on the headliner this winter.  Last winter the deck and caprail were re-glassed and it turned out awesome.  The new deck now has an easy to clean nonskid surface. The caprail is now water tight and gives the boat a sleeker cleaner look.
Brother Brad is still working part time at his day job so work is progressing. Nothing like working on your boat in the canal behind your house. A nice short commute.  Here are a few shots of us cruising the canals of Cape Coral, the boat and us out sailing.  Winds were pretty light but it was good to get out on the water and make sure everything was working properly.



Hope to get back down in the next few months to help work on the interior. Most of the aft cabin is done. The pilot house chart table area needs completing and the main salon walls need to be tambered. Plenty of work to do but at least we can now see an end to it.
~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)