External Hull Repairs 3

Various methods of repair are being undertaken.

Apart from the sections of hull above the water line that have rotted where the Bilge and Air vent pipes come through, all the damage/rot is in the outer planking. The Calico is still sound and the internal planks are in good order.

For all of the smaller joints opened up in the hull planking, it is just a matter of using read lead putty, mostly over the old cotton "Stopping" which is still sound, basically just replacing the putty that has dried out and came lose with the scraping of the paint.

Where there is rot or softness of the timber, I am inserting "Graving" pieces, apart from around thru hull bolt that were previously "puttied" these I am hardening with "Resolocoat", then filling.

On the larger below waterline seams that are open, but the wood is sound, I am filling with a modern non setting mastic, with the theory that if the planks take up, they will squeze out the mastic and not do damage to the timber or the fastenings.

  • Hull "thickening" pad around bilge outlet pipe, added sometime during boats life, unfortunately not "bedded" to hull. Hull "thickening" pad around bilge outlet pipe, added sometime during boats life, unfortunately not "bedded" to hull.
  • What the Patch hid!  original hull planking rot had been cut away, work needed. What the Patch hid! original hull planking rot had been cut away, work needed.
  • outer planking prepared for "graving" pieces, upper hole is where diesel overfill spill pipe used to be pre 1974 outer planking prepared for "graving" pieces, upper hole is where diesel overfill spill pipe used to be pre 1974
  • filled and "faired" with red lead putty filled and "faired" with red lead putty
  • localised "soft" areas around thru hull bolts, previously patched with epoxy filler, but wood not treated first. localised "soft" areas around thru hull bolts, previously patched with epoxy filler, but wood not treated first.
  • to be hardened with resolcoat epoxy and then filled to be hardened with resolcoat epoxy and then filled
  • the worst bits of drying, and contamination with oil from bilges, but the external timber & fixings still sound the worst bits of drying, and contamination with oil from bilges, but the external timber & fixings still sound
  • Stripped ready for primer Stripped ready for primer
  • Yours truly on the final straight....Stb'd side! well stripping and priming! Yours truly on the final straight....Stb'd side! well stripping and priming!
  • Looks better already, primed to stop drying out, calking and fairing to be done later. Looks better already, primed to stop drying out, calking and fairing to be done later.
  • Stern with Stearing box and support. Stern with Stearing box and support.
  • Nearly there! Last bits on stb'd side to strip. Nearly there! Last bits on stb'd side to strip.
  • Propeller removed, showing "A" stern tube support & prop scuttle hatch. Propeller removed, showing "A" stern tube support & prop scuttle hatch.
  • Stb'd prop tunnel......small repairs needed but looking better. Stb'd prop tunnel......small repairs needed but looking better.
  • well 50% of hull striped and primed! well 50% of hull striped and primed!
  • "Wave subduer" & heat exchanger air vent, patch pad removed, to reveal rotten hull cut away previously "Wave subduer" & heat exchanger air vent, patch pad removed, to reveal rotten hull cut away previously
  • with outer planking rot cut out, to find inner in as bad a condition with outer planking rot cut out, to find inner in as bad a condition
  • Inner planking removed and inner pad gone! Inner planking removed and inner pad gone!
  • Inner thickening pad replaced, working inside to out Inner thickening pad replaced, working inside to out
  • Inner planking replaced and sealed (with modern mastic sealer) Inner planking replaced and sealed (with modern mastic sealer)
  • Calico and white lead paste, between layers as per original. Calico and white lead paste, between layers as per original.
  • Top planking fitted ready for sanding (fairing) Top planking fitted ready for sanding (fairing)
  • Sanded, nailed and ready for primer. Sanded, nailed and ready for primer.
  • drilled, primed and Ready for replacement of hull fittings drilled, primed and Ready for replacement of hull fittings
     
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