Saturday, March 26, 2011

Removing the Caprail Forever!

The caprail has long been a source of leaks and frustration for most Pan Oceanic boat owners. The teak caprail on Wildthing was 30 years old and had deteriorated to the point it had to be replaced or removed.  In the spirit of reducing maintenance and enjoying more time for sailing the removal option was selected.

It took a couple of days work with the saws all and the caprail was history.  Once removed it was found that there were gaps and crack between the hull and deck joints.  It was no wonder it leaked so much.

The hull/deck joint was ground out and first filled with fiberglass. The photos below show the progress made so far on glassing it over. A 18oz biaxial cloth was used to encapsulate the hull an deck joint using epoxy resin. Fairing with Awlfair is now taking place in preparation for painting with Awlgrip and applying non skid.

 Glassing Crew

 Caprail removed and glassed

 Starboard Stern

 Port Rail

 Port Rail

 Starboard Rail

Port Stern Fairing

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pilot House Rehab Progress

Work continues on Wildthing during this winter of 2011.  Working on boats in sunny places can be alot of fun. The pilot house has seen considerable progress and is looking like a real yacht with finished tambour walls and varnished teak trim.  The new helm station has also been roughed in and will take shape soon. Work will continue with more updates to follow.

Pilothouse Foreward Bulkhead
Pilothouse Console
Pilothouse Console

Pilothouse Setee Area

Pilothouse Area

Pilothouse Aft Wall

Pilothouse Starboard Berth

Pilothouse Aft Wall

Pilothouse Aft wall
Pilothouse Console