Monday, July 28, 2014

July 27 Update

Met with Don at the boat yesterday.  Work on the deck is proceeding.

We decided to replace all six handrails on deck with Plasteak.  Several were damaged beyond repair and finding exact teak replacements is difficult.  Plasteak will take the old ones and use them as templates.  I am mailing them off tomorrow.  Will also use Plasteak for my four ladder steps up the swim platform.

Also figured out the swim ladder for the platform.  It will telescope off the starboard side and slide into a pocket under the platform when put away.  Will be accessible from the water should I ever fall in.

The teak rails that are used as guides for the two entry hatches have been glassed over and will be painted white.  The same color as the deck.  We are also eliminating the teak aft rail which is badly rotted.  Again, not replacing the wood and going with fiberglass.  Also going with fiberglass and no wood on the new hatches.  Hatches look great, at least as they sit in boxes in the shop.  So the amount of wood we will have to maintain is diminished.

I have no idea if the Plasteak will look good or awful.  Worst case is we replace them in a few years.

Don is going crazy finding and plugging leaks.  I think Pelican will be tighter and drier than the day it left the factory.

We have also decided to put a flying Pelican logo on the aft sides and just our name and port on the back.  I think that will give us a nice distinctive look.

Splash target is early September.

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 5 Restoration Pictures

New Accomplishments:

  1. All portlights removed, polished, and reseated.
  2. New Rudder Skeg
  3. Drainholes installed near aft port and starboard sides, plus seat over passthrough designed to remove standing water
  4. Deck has been sanded in preparation of new paint and non-skid applications
  5. New swim platform is attached.  New ladder has arrived, but not installed yet.
  6. Stainless deck hatches on order -- will replace all 5