Sunday, 22 May 2016

Roll On

Another round with the paint roller and the stowage compartments beneath the quarter berths are done...


Those two little blocks stuck to the inside of the hull are a pair of supports for the plywood bunk tops, there are two pairs either side.

The cabin sole has been tabbed in place with an infill at the forward edge, the infill needs a quick sand and then the whole lot can be painted, I'm looking for a grippy paint but would prefer not to have grit as it wrecks your waterproofs!


At the aft end you can see the black strum box on the end of the bilge pump hose and above that the battery box. I need to cut a lid for the inspection hatch...


The cockpit drains have been enlarged to 38mm internal diameter hose, as you can see they cross over one another...


...then feed down to the Forespar marelon seacock which runs straight out through the old prop shaft tube...


Now... before anyone complains about the use of only one Jubilee clip per hose tail, it took an excessive amount of force to fit each and every one of those hose tails, including immersion in boiled water and Fairy liquid!

Above all this sits the bilge pump, freed from it's plastic bag wrapper now the painting is done with...

And finally, having had just about enough of the smell of oil based paint within a confined space, the Lewmar deck hatch has been sealed and screwed in place...



As soon as the ArboMast sealant has rubberised I can trim off the excess and finally remove the tarpaulin that has been covering Betsy all these months.

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