When I first saw the new boat, I confess, my heart sank. She was a mess and looked beyond repair.
But then I spent an hour going over her and my spirits lifted. Definitely a case of looking beyond the flaking paint and rust patches.
The coach roof/deck and cockpit looked the worst, peeling flaking paint and rust. The main companionway doors are rotten as are the the cockpit locker lids. The deck was sheathed in fibreglass mat(non slip?) and this crackled as walked on, giving the impression that the deck was rusted badly beneath.
First job on the agenda was to remove as much of the flaking paint as possible with a scraper. Quite and easy job, really, it came off in a4 size patches. Underneath some of it is bright shiny steel still, some of it is rusted on the surface, they’re are a few pitted areas and one or two small holes.
The deck got the same treatment to remove the grp mat, with the same results.
The plan of action is to remove all remaining paint with a hot air gun, grind/ sand the rust patches and cut out and weld new metal in where the holes are.
The whole area will then be treated to a phosphoric acid wash to neutralise any remains of rust, and a coat of zinc rich primer will be applied before the final paint system goes on.
There are a few untidy welds to be taken care off. In places the steel plate is slightly buckled, I’m guessing from the heat generated by welding when she was built but I can live with that. I could level it out with filler but feel that would be a mistake and would probably lead to problems in the future.
The grp sheathing on the deck had been penetrated by moisture in places and held it there causing some corrosion. I want to avoid a repeat of this.
As a rough estimate I guess I’ll have to use about a square metre of steel on this part of the boat, depending on how far back I have to cut the holes back to reach good steel. I’d like to get her watertight and hopefully the deck etc painted, before the winter so I can concentrate on the interior over the cold weather. Obviously finances will have a bearing on this!