Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rotten wood! Destruction pictures...



Yes, that is a 4x8 sheet of plywood...



Found some rotten wood along the transom, and decided to rebuild it from scratch. Found a little rotten plywood sheathing on the hull 6 inches below the rub rail... Then found that the plywood was damp down to just above the waterline...

Then found that she had a few planks on the starboard side that needed to be replaced. When the planks came off, I found that the outer layer of a few of her frames was not solid. So... she's getting new frames in the engine room.

When they built her Wheeler used rather large silicon bronze screws, for the 2 inch wide 1 inch thick white oak strips that are laminated together making up her frames. A lot of them cracked along the screws and rotted down the middle. This is the last of the originals... New frames in the lazarette, behind the water tanks... New frames in the state rooms and up in the bow...

Kind of interesting, as these are solid on each side for a good 3/8ths of an inch, a gracious plenty to stab at with a knife or whack with a hammer and have them appear to be solid.

Bummer, but the progress must go on.

Yup, the stern thruster is back off... interesting, as it had good planks extending around it for about a foot in all directions, but the rest were bad.

Zach

I thought "Los Angeles" was a cool place to have as a hailing port, considering she is now in North Carolina!

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