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.

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