When working on Nautica, I've found a number of consistent themes:
One is that the boat is built like a tank. Everything seems to be overbuilt. But then there are items, like the chainplate and stanchion through-the-deck placement that seem underbuilt in my opinion. I'm not a technically bright person as it comes to engineering but my view of things from my humanities perspective is that the boat just needed more strength in those areas.
A second thing I've noticed is that the pieces and parts of things holding everything together need inspection and replacement carefully done so that integrity of the liner and cabinetry is not jeopardized. Most of the original screws are worthless but angrily hanging on to their last thread of strength to repel my refitting program. The salon backrest is built in my vessel with 5 large rivets securing the bottom edge to the interior liner, a provisional support midway across the section, and 4 wood screws at the sides holding the piece to the teak supports attached to the cabinetry. I've also noticed this throughout the vessel. Yes, it probably needs to be replaced rather than assuming it is secure. We'd not want something to give-way when we might have prevented such.
Thirdly, the process is going to be hard. I seem to charge into the next fix as if it is going to be easier than the last and I am continually reminded of my naivete in the matter. If things can go wrong, they probably will.
Fourthly, it will cost much more than you think! This is a lesson I have had to learn again and again. This tells you I haven't learned it at all. Or, it tells you I can't tell myself the truth. Whatever it is, there is no doubt about it, the refit is going to cost more than you planned. On the hull ceiling project, the wood was the main cost. In this project I think I estimated correctly. The expense was about $450 dollars, but justly earned by having it done locally without any shipping costs. Also, my source found fir that had virtually zero knots and leant itself to easy installation. Plus, he offered free advice on attachment and process which was helpful guidance.
So these four items are recurring themes. In the photos of this posting are views of the process with comments. I solicit your remarks below to point out options, like perhaps using another kind of screw would have been also an option, or putting insulation between the ceiling and the hull would help, or whatever insights you might offer. It helps everyone when people engage over project boats and it increases the value of our Albergs, I think, as we sustain them and give them new breath in these "outyears."
First series of photos illustrates my approach to stacking these strips in the vberth or foc'sle for you shipmates out there. My next blog installment will feature the salon work.
I did not worry with the small irregularities of the liner's edge in this area. I attempted to gain as much of a straight bottom edge using a marker and my oscillating saw. I cut it across to find that straight edge. Any deviation shows up at the leading bottom edge which will be beneath the cushions anyway. I accepted that anomaly much to the chagrin of my own obsessive compulsive disorder and this provided me much sleep at night.
Starboard ceiling finished and ready for vacuuming. Original trim pieces on fore and aft of the strips are tacked back in place.
|Process of applying one coat of sealant to each side in my garage.|
The product used. If need be, the ceiling can be taken apart and redone. This should accomplish what is necessary to this decorative part of the boat. All my slats are numbered to provide any later disassembly the luxury of easy reassembly.
Having tackled the foc'sle v-berth gave me motivation to attack the salon and its more than adequate screws and rivets design. Of importance is to always guard from drilling too deep in the wood supports. We don't need more holes in our hulls. Think in terms of a top piece of flexible rubber or plastic to seal the hull boards later. And remember to coat boards before installation, on both sides. Next post will address the salon, a bit different installment than this area.