Repair the guardrail

September 2018

While we worked with the plastic cracks we also decided repair the guardrail. The stanchions for the guardrail were loose in two places. We removed the old screws, drilled the holes and used our precious cabin heater to dry the holes.

guardrail is loose
The guardrail were loose at two places.

 

The stanchion has a reinforcement that has been cut off by the previous owner. It can be seen in the picture as the cut off angle. This might have been done to change the inclination of the guardrail. We will weld these later when we have rigged the mast to be sure how we want it.
adding selant to repair the guardrail
When the holes were dry we added sealant and put them back. We used tape so that the sealant would be in a nice line around the attachment.
Before the screws were threaded in the deck. But since more than one stanchion in the guardrail had got loose, we decided to mount them with through-hole bolts, attached on the inside of the hull with nuts. We added a lot of sealant on them, so that we wouldn’t have leakage through the new screw holes.

If you are interested in reading more about our renovations, you can read more about it in the category Renovation.

Finalizing the plastic repair in the cockpit (for now)

September 2018

It was time for us to finalize the plastic repair in the cockpit. Since we had opened a plastic crack with some wet and rotten wood inside, we decided to ground and open up some other small cracks. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t ignore some cracks that would cause problems for us later. And this was a good thing as well, since there were some wet wood in some of the other cracks.

Repairing a plastic crack
We started open a plastic crack next to the hatch door. The wood inside the crack was wet and needed to dry.
We removed the handle to be able to ground the plastic crack thoroughly.
Then we added some polyester and fiberglass on the crack to make it stronger.
We did the same thing with a plastic crack on the other side of the hatch door.
Even after 9 layers of fiberglass in the weak corner of the cockpit we still thought it was too weak. We drilled a few holes and filled the with PU foam. The PU foam expanded inside the holes and made the corner stronger.
The lockers on the side of the cockpit got reinforced with fiberglass and polyester as well.
We also removed the old hatches for the lockers in the stern of the cockpit. This is how it looked before.
The old plastic hatches for the lockers removed. We added some extra polyester on the edges. We will mount the new hatches later, when the spring arrives. Under the seat the exhaust for the generator and the engine can be seen. The exhaust for the generator divides the cooling water from the air, which makes the generator much more quiet.

Now the autumn is really arriving in Sweden and the days are too cold for working with plastic. We will continue with the plastic repair in the cockpit when spring arrives and leave it in its current state over the winter. All of the cracks in the cockpit are fixed and will not cause any more damage. What is left to do when spring arrives is to spackle, grind, paint with topcoat and mount the new hatches.

If you want to read more about all the other work we do with  renovating our sailboat, you can read more about it under Renovation.

Plastic crack with rotten wood

September 2018

While we worked with the fiberglass we took the time to open up a plastic crack on the wall of the cockpit. The crack didn’t look bad at first sight, but we thought it would be better to open it. Otherwise it could have been something we would regret later. And it was a good thing that we opened it up, because inside the plastic crack there were a lot of wet and rotten wood.

A picture of the crack before we started to open it. At first sight we didn’t think it would be specially bad, but then we opened it up…
… there were a lot of wet and rotten wood inside the plastic crack..

plastic crack with wet and rotten wood inside

A closer look at the wet wood inside the plastic crack.
We removed the rotten wood by hand and opened the crack even more by grounding it.
A good thing we noticed when opening the crack was that at some point in the history of the boat, the wall of the cockpit had been increased with about a decimeter. The plastic crack with the rotten wood was located in the new part. This meant that the rotten wood hadn’t affected the lower parts of the cockpit wall.
We let the crack be opened for a while to let it dry, with some help from our cabin heater to speed the process up.
We used PU foam to fill the crack up, when it was dry enough.
Then it was time for polyester and fiberglass to seal it up and make the wall strong again.
We also added some fiberglass on top of the wall, as an extra reinforcement.

One thing we learned from this is that it is always better to do the extra work if there is something that we feel unsure about. Otherwise it would only cause worries later on, or in worst case, something could break when we want it the least. In the middle of an ocean, for example…

If you want to read more about all the other work we do with  renovating our sailboat, you can read more about it under Renovation.

Repair plastic cracks with fiberglass and polyester

September 2018

When the plastic cracks had become dry enough it was time to continue the plastic repairs. We repaired the plastic cracks with fiberglass and polyester. The hull of Anne-Mon is made of a sandwich material which is reinforced with fiberglass, so for us it was a pretty easy choice to continue working with fiberglass. We chose polyester because since it is harder to paint on top of epoxy.

Cutting the fiberglass to the right size.
This corner in the cockpit was pretty weak. We decided to add some layers of fiberglass  and polyester in the corner (and some other places) to make it stronger. First we put some polyester on the corner. We added a thick layer so that the fiberglass would be able to suck it all up.
After we had added the layer of polyester we put on the first layer of fiberglass. We used a roller to make sure we got polyester all over the fiberglass, and so that we could push all air out, so that there wouldn’t be bubbles of air in the plastic later.
There were some other places that needed some reinforcement as well. Same procedure here, a thick layer of polyester and carefully pushing all air out.
The we added some spackle on the cracks in the seats, which we had grounded. The spackle is made of polyester mixed with talc. They where now dry and we wanted to close them as soon as possible.
There used to be a window here at the wall next to the door. The previous owner had removed it and covered the hole. We wanted to add some extra polyester and fiberglass to make sure it is strong enough.
At last we put some fiberglass on the seats.

If you want to read more about all the other work we do with  renovating our sailboat, you can read more about it under Renovation.

Cleaning and grounding the plastic cracks

September 2018

When we bought Anne-Mon there were some plastic cracks in the cockpit. We wanted to repair the plastic cracks before the autumn arrived to Sweden, so that they would not get worse.

Since we have a good deck on our ship, we moved Anne-Mon there while we worked with repairing the plastic cracks. It made the work easier since we could prepare everything on the ship and then do the actual work on Anne-Mon.

Anne-Mon temporarily moved to our ship, Aline, while repairing the plastic cracks.

The first, and very important, thing we did to repair the plastic cracks was to make a thorough cleaning of the cockpit. It was very dirty, after 10 years of collecting all kinds of dirt. We grounded the cracks to open them up and to make them dry. We didn’t want to put new fiberglass and polyester on the cracks while they were still wet. Then we would close in the moisture and that would probably cause some trouble for us later on.

The cockpit was quite dirty, and some cleaning was necessary.
In the picture you can see the some of the cracks in the seat. They have collect some moisture over the years .
We grounded the plastic cracks to make it easier to get all the moisture out.
We used a vacuum cleaner and a cabin heater as help to get all the moisture out of the plastic cracks in the seat.

We were able to make the cracks dry, but we left them over night and the following sunny day to let them dry even more.

The next step will be to put polyester and fiberglass on the plastic cracks in the seat and on some other places where we noticed that the current plastic is a little weak.