I had a request,via a forum i visit,to start a facebook page,so,i did! Not posted on it yet,still trying to work my way around it! Bit complicated for a simple soul like me,but i’m once i get the hang of it all will be good.maybe. I’ve kept the same title,but with the missing apostrophe added, Poor man’s sailing.
My “new” forward hatch,made from reclaimed teak (I think) from the first “telephone box” sliding door. Still a little final shaping to be done,screw holes to be plugged and I need to remove the varnish ready for staining.
I’m quite pleased with the way it looks. Once the main hatch has had the same treatment,and with the cockpit seats done,it will (I think) make a real difference to the overall look of “seal”
In the meantime,work has continued with the seemingly never-ending task of rubbing down. It’s gonna be a long hard slog!
On Kingfishers,between the forecabin and saloon(wow,i’ve got a saloon,how posh!) are the heads and a wet locker/hanging space. These are separated by a walkthrough,which is commonly referred to in Kingfisher circles as a “telephone box”,due to the size and shape of it. Fortunately it doesn’t smell of stale piss and isn’t adorned with the phone numbers of local prostitutes!
Anyway,mounted in this area are two sliding “tambour” doors,which can be configured in various ways for privacy.
In the short time i’ve owned “seal” I soon realised two doors weren’t really necessary and could be a pain in the arse! And because most of the time I will be alone aboard “seal”,privacy won’t really be an issue.
Some owners remove both doors and fit a curtain instead.
I’m keeping one door (for now,at least) but I didn’t want to just bin the other.
Each door is 2 layers of 8mm wood,with canvas in between which gives it the required flexibility. Mine was held together with 90+ screws!
The wood is teak I think and I”m going to use some of it for “park bench” style cockpit seats,and possibly some to cover the main hatch.
I did say I was going to keep stained/varnished wood to a minimum but I always try to keep an open mind…..
Work continued on deck at the weekend,trying to get a good surface to paint. There are so many layers of different paint,mostly poorly applied that I don’t really have much alternative to removing it all.(Big gulp!) I’d much rather not,but I think it’s the only way.
Adam bought me a can of Nitromors paint stripper as a Fathers Day gift,and even that is going to need 2 or 3 applications.
I reckon i’m going to need about 2 gallons,so i’ll have to try and get a mortgage or auction off some body parts!
(For Sale. 1 kidney. Good working order. Choice of 2. Buyer removes)
Got chatting to a neighbouring skipper on Saturday and he told me of a free electric point.( free as in vacant,not free as in no charge).
My eyes lit up. ‘Brilliant’ I thought,visions of a whole plethora of sanding machines buzzing away,removing paint came to mind.
But( there’s always a bleedin’ “but”,isn’t there?) Apparently power tools aren’t allowed because of complaints from a house 50 yards away. Shit. Oh well,the kidney will have to go……
As previously mentioned,I’m quite adept at acquiring stuff for free( ok,scrounging!) but even I was surprised at the weekend to be offered a free yacht. What is more surprising is that I declined the offer!
There I was,beavering away with the trusty scraper when a local fisherman strolled along and started admiring my solar panel( another freebie). Got chatting about ‘seal’ and my exploits with her and he asked if I wanted another project,going free.
He keeps his boat on another local creek and they’re having a clear out of abandoned boats,and those owing mooring fees.
The boat in question is a Robert Tucker designed Matilda20. grp with a lifting keel,ideal for creek crawling. I didn’t ask for too many details for fear of being tempted.The only stipulation is that whoever takes her on must remove her from where she lays.
If I hadn’t already got “seal” I would have been interested but I don’t have the time/resources for 2 boats.
Altbough if it had been another Kingfisher it may have been a different.matter,especially if it was junk rigged.But even i’m not that lucky!
Now that summer is well and truly here,my efforts are being concentrated on the outside of the boat. It’s bound to piss down with rain soon(this is England,after all) and i’ll continue the interior then.
I may even be forced to supplement my staple diet of hot sweet tea with cold Koppaberg pear cider.Mmmmm….
I had provisionally planned to have ‘seal’ somewhere approaching finished and to get some sailing time by late summer but I can’t see that happening.
I thought the interior prep work was hard,but the outside is much much worse!
The blue areas in the pics are a moulded in non-slip pattern consisting of small raised ‘diamonds’. These have had so many coats of paint applied over the years,that the textured surface has been smoothed over. In places it has lifted and flaked off leaving the textured surface. The rest,however,seems bombproof.
I need to remove it all to repaint,if I don’t it will look crap,and spoil the look of the whole boat.
So far,various paint strippers,caustic soda and scraping have barely touched it.
My next step will be cellulose thinners,if that fails i’ll have to swallow the cost and try liquid gold(Nitromors,have you seen the price lately?)
So,no sailing this year.
My daily journey to and from work,and the boat,involves a stretch of road with good views across the Walton backwaters. Generally at this time of year,there will be a few boats sailing or anchored out there. That’s my motivation at the moment,one day it’ll be me!
The uploading problems were self inflicted. I had been playing around with photo settings and had increased the picture width in error. Reduced it down to 800 pixels and all was good again. Memo to self: don’t fiddle.
I’ll stick to what I know in future…..maybe. Or at least until I get bored at work.
While delving into the dark and dismal depths of my memory card,I found some pictures of “seal” at the time of purchase.
I thought i’d accidentally deleted them but had only moved them elsewhere.
If you’re feeling brave and look closely you can see areas of the horrible carpet/vinyl lining that has since been removed.
Apologies for lack of recent posts,i’m having real trouble uploading lately.
Have been trying for 3 days now to upload some pictures,without success.
I don’t know if it’s a problem with my phone,or whether i’m trying to upload too many pics or what.
I’ll keep trying!