Monday, October 28, 2013

More About the Decks


It rained last night and when we woke up the boat was reasonably dry inside. We still have some bungs and a window leak to address not to mention the entire port side but the level of wetness was beyond acceptable. This process (and owning a wooden boat in general) can be really stressful. In Maryland it rains all the time and it is really hard to get anything done without worrying whether or not it is going to rain any second. I have had a hard time managing the stress to be honest. This project was not the worst we have faced to date and I'm sure there will be many worse to come. 

Matt used the FEIN multimaster to reef out all the of the seam compound from between the planks. After removing the bulk of the old rubbery stuff he used his Rigid trim router with a small blade to clean the rest of the seam out. The cotton caulking was intact in most places and really didn't need extensive attention. After routing the seams he pounded cotton in the few places it was missing. After all the power tooling, there was A LOT of hand sanding. This involved a special tool that Teak Decking Systems makes with 40 girt in combination with a mixing stick with sticky back 80 grit. Huge pain in the ass. 

After 4 days of preparing for new seam compound after work my hands were blistered and Matt was bleeding. Matt gave it the old, 'eh, looks good enough to me' and I gave him the, 'you know we need to prep this better, we are half-assing it' look. After a heated discussion we decided it was good enough. We purchased 12 sausage tubes of Teak Decking Systems to used with our friends electric sausage caulk gun. He assured us that this was the way to go and it would be a thousand times easier than using traditional caulk cartridges. When it came time to being ready to put the poo in the seams we walked up to the carpentry shop to get the fancy awesome tool and alas, the charger was gone. It caught a ride on a boat to Tortola. I told Matt not to stress and I would just go to Home Depot and purchase one. It would still be worth it in time and energy saved. 

Unfortunately, after 2 hours of driving around and calling every place I could think of I found out that no one in this county carries 14.4 volt Milwaukee chargers or new electric sausage style caulking guns, nor manual sausage style caulking guns. I am sure that some industry out there uses these things but I couldn't find any for the life of me. I returned to the marina defeated and discouraged. I got back to the boat and Matt was wiping down the seams with Acetone and a rag. He could tell I was about to have a break down and swooped me right back up. He didn't let it ruin our day. 

The painter at the boatyard had the ingenious idea to buy empty standard caulking tubes and just squeeze the sausage tubes into the empty tubes. I ran back out to the local chandlery and bought the 4 they had in stock. We taped the deck to avoid having to do extra sanding afterwords. Matt made quick work of the first 4 tubes pushing the compound in the seams. We used compressed air to refill the used empty cartridges. It worked like a charm and we got it done. My knuckles are still swollen and we have the entire other side to do still. Sometimes it feels like there isn't enough time...


1 comment:

  1. i found a dorade scoop - and the mounting piece for. I might have a few other bits and baubles. do you want the dorade?