Saturday, 9 March 2013

The Nutty Professor

The weather has taken a turn for the worse this week and to add to that misery... I have a cold, the thought of crawling around inside Betsy, wearing a dust mask on a cold damp day, has no appeal whatsoever!

So for now I shall content myself with some indoor activity. The portlights have been cleaned and sent away to Eagle Boat Windows for refurbishment, the two deck vents have been stripped and cleaned ready for refitting sometime in the months to come.

I have acquired a small sample of expanded polystyrene foam... it's the ordinary builder's merchants stuff, weighing in at a whopping 34.5 grams, that being it's dry weight.

And now for the experiment, how much will that same piece of EPS weigh after one month submerged in a bucket of water?

It was reassuring to discover that as I filled the bucket with water a 1.5 kilo tub of bleach would not hold the EPS submerged, it took a good old fashioned solid house brick to do the job! All we have to do now is wait a month and all will be revealed?

Sunday, 3 March 2013

A Bare Shell

There's only so much grinding I can talk/you can read about, suffice to say that more has been done!

The portlights have been removed for refurbishment.

I intend to send them away to Eagle Boat Windows, they refurbished Red Admiral's portlights for me and did a very fine job too!

Along with the small round portlights, I have removed the long elliptical portlight that face's forward.

The acrylic, or whatever it is?, has crazed and is therefore in need of replacement, hopefully there will be something they can do.

The vents either side of the coach roof have been removed, they appear to be in good condition and only require a thorough clean and then rebedding in sealant.

The toe rail capping has been removed to reveal the deck/hull join.

Most of the sealant that seals the joint has been scraped out, there are some rather dubious rivets along its entire length, but my plans for strengthening the hull deck join internally along with new adhesive sealant and a new rubbing strip should put any doubts at rest.

Betsy was built in 1978 and has a hull identification number of 139, she has red gelcoat under the white topsides and the decks are a pale grey under the pale cream paint that someone has applied years ago, I have the necessary stripper to remove both, it is simply a matter of waiting for warmer weather.