It seems as though progress has been slow, but checking my photo files I realize this is not the case. Several non-boat related projects have been completed, freeing me up to concentrate on the Ballad again.
The damage around the table supports in the cockpit floor greeted me every time I climbed into the boat, so it was time to attend to that job.
|Leaking damaged area around table leg sleeve.|
|Epoxy/plywood reinforcement patch, curing with a little help from a heat lamp.|
Next job on the list was to install the thru-hulls, using the backing plates I'd made earlier (see previous post). First came the pad installation. It's very important that these line up fair and square with the hardware being installed, so much care was taken.
|Measuring amount to trim off thru-hull.|
|Trimming off the thru-hull.|
|Epoxy around thru-hull.|
|"Buttering" pad with thickened epoxy.|
|... and pressing down onto hull.|
|Finished product. (Note: Thru-hull has not been caulked into the sea-cock, just used to get pad alignment perfect. Both pieces are coated with release wax. The final install is done when epoxy has cured.)|
|Galley and engine sea cocks.|
After tightening the thru hull, the sea cocks were also tightened down. Much excess 291 was squeezed out and cleaned up. Masking off the areas helped a lot, but it's still a messy job. No photos, as I had on sticky vinyl gloves and wasn't about to grab my camera!
I'd let go of the idea of getting the mechanical systems up and running first, so moved over to working on the interior fitting out instead.
My choice of ceiling material is a good quality indoor/outdoor carpet. This worked well in my last two project boats so I decided to use it again. Available stock was a little dark in colour for my liking, but as very little will actually show in the main cabin I went with it anyway.
|Starting carpet in the V-berth area.|
|V-berth sides done.|
|This is what I used, from Home Depot.|
|... and installed carpet.|
|Bulkhead being joined on temporary table across main cabin.|
|Main bulkheads in.|
The end of this month will mark a year of working on the restoration. I could have had it finished by now, if that's all I'd focused on. But that would have turned the project into a chore rather than the pleasure it's been!
Next Post: One year in Restoration: The Boat Rescue.