The headaches of boat ownership… Wade was on Take It Easy for a week. With James our shipwright in charge, they went about attending to the destruction and reconstruction of the cabin roof ceiling. Brace yourselves, it looks bad!
Let’s take a step back: remember we told you about drips coming through one of the sail track bolts into the cabin in a previous post? Well once the sail track was removed, it became obvious that several of the bolts had been leaking and moisture had accumulated between the external cabin top and the internal ceiling. Because the roof is sloped, the water trickled down towards the window end of the sail track.
The guys drilled holes in the ceiling to trace where the wet wood was. Basically, you keep drilling till the saw dust that comes out is dry! Once done, the scary part started: taking to the roof with a circular saw is never a good sign! By the time James finished with his chainsaw massacre, we had a rather large hole in the ceiling!
The wet laminated timber between the beams was cut away. Fortunately it was just that: wet wood, not rotten wood. It was then a process of replacing the soggy stuff with new laminated timber, gluing that in place and letting it dry. And finally a new piece of marine ply for the ceiling was cut to size and glued into place, before being undercoated. We will stick the roof lining (carpet like cloth) back on when I am next on board, since that is my job!
Once the roof was dealt with, Wade, a glutton for punishment, decided to attack the sanding of the cabin top, deck, cockpit and sugar scoop steps. The existing paint was flaking and also leaving grey dribbles along our blue hulls as it oxidized with the weather. The deck of a catamaran is BIG. So it meant sanding for three days on hands and knees! Wade felt like he might never stand up again. But at least we can now look forward to redoing the lot with proper weather-fast, slip resistant deck paint – a job we can tackle together when it stops raining; that and getting rid of all the dust inside from the sanding! Stay tuned for the next installment of our spring maintenance!