messing about in boats

Repair Progress

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance, Sailing by Joseph Moore on March 29, 2010

Had a cracking weekend at Southsea marina working on Nervous Tension. As always, boat fixing seems to take much, much longer than you could possibly anticipate but the good news is that the hole in the transom is now watertight! It’s not pretty, but it’s sound and will stop her getting any wetter. Same for the port topside which has had the scuffs filled with a super-bog mix of epoxy, microfibres and some home made chopped strand glass made by cutting up some 450g biax.

Still plenty to do including refitting the bow roller which is currently in the back of the Land Rover along with the br0ken transom crossbeam and doing some serious damp wood replacement and glassing on the foredeck well. I’m still debating actually just removing the well altogether and decking over it. I’m not really sure what purpose it serves; you couldn’t stow a sail in there to avoid windage and you definitely couldn’t stow an anchor and chain in there. It’s most likely to result in scooping up buckets of water in rough weather, but as she’s lasted 35 years in her current setup so until I’ve been for a proper sail I’m not going to fiddle with it.

Was largely hopeless at taking photos, but grabbed a few of Stu running around with the paint roller just before we departed the marina.

Damaged rear quarter where the stanchion has pushed through the deck

Damaged rear quarter where the stanchion has pushed through the deck

A boat full of junk - note the transom crossbeam has been removed

A boat full of junk - note the transom crossbeam has been removed

Damage to starboard topside at foredeck well

Damage to starboard topside at foredeck well

Filled scuffs on port topside - still waiting to be faired

Filled scuffs on port topside - still waiting to be faired


And one very pretty SHE 27 berthed next to us…

SHE 27

SHE 27

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