The rescue of a 1976 Albin Ballad 30' sailboat
It's a relief to stop taking things off the boat and start some serious rebuilding work. One of the first jobs, after removing all the debris from the old ceilings, was to "de-glue" the hull sides. In places the old adhesive peeled off in sheets, partly due to the moist conditions in the boat. But most of it put up a good fight, and it took an assorted arsenal of tools to persuade it to let go.
|Wire Brush in Action|
Most of the gear I removed was in decent shape. The winches, although dirty with debris, are in good working condition and should be fine after a good cleaning and lubrication.
|Winch with Drum Removed.|
|Bow Area Repainted|
|Repainted Quarter Berth and Engine 'Room'.|
The one piece of kit that had failed was the prop. When I held onto a blade while removing the prop nut with a long wrench, it broke off in my had. This happened twice, but the third blade held to allow the nut to be loosened.
|Single Blade Prop!|
There had been no zinc on the shaft for a while, as the prop was pink inside, and very weak.
After the bottom is clean, and has had a final sanding, it'll be time to build a winter cover for the hull.
Next installment: PART 5: INTERIOR REBUID STARTS.