The sour looking Gibb winches didn't do anything to match the improved look of Baggy Wrinkles. Their anodized surface had given way to her 40 years of languishing from one owner to another and were like a couple of old parts that did not belong. While the hull glistens underneath, and the teak draws attention from passersby, the winch drums looked like they had a liver problem or something. They were greyish purple, pitted and although functioning quite well, were not looking like they were "dressed right for the party."
Enter the master of metals who had turned the stern bump strip from a tattered, wiggly and dull piece of metal into a shiny chrome like ending piece for the dory.
|Aluminum strip with its gleam of little bumps and scratches. One can just imagine all the fingers which have handled it.|
Now for the winches. After consultation in the shop they determined that he would remove the anodized covering and grind and polish the winches. I asked him to leave the pitting alone, that the pitting for me added a touch of distinction to the age of the winches and the dory. There was a possibility of soldering them or filling them but my intent isn't to make them as new but to allow them to look the best they can at the age they are. Talking about people? Perhaps the same applies....
Inside the drums, the pawls were in good condition, and the ratchet teeth were intact and evenly worn yet fully functional. But he cleaned and polished everywhere until the pieces were chromed in appearance. Due to my carelessness during previous maintenance, I had mismatched the drums and their bases. He found the matching sets, and reunited them correctly (I'm not a metal guy you see). He also polished the inside shafts and lubricated both the shafts and the pawls each with a different grease (magic of these guys I suppose). I was glad to pay for this servicing of the winches. You know, sometimes you just don't know what you don't know.... After paying, I brought in a party sized case of Dos Equis reserves which delighted the team. I reminded them I'd probably be back again with another creative project one day. And I will.
And here is the result on Baggy Wrinkles:
I think this is going to turn a few heads! Like any aluminum it will have to be sustained with some maintenance, some polishing, just like the teak. But then that's what kind of boat it is....
And below is that awful metal strip that was so tattered, after some work by the guys. Stainless steel screws are now fitted to it with some adhesive underneath. It's really just a first contact piece so not structural. Fends off a first contact just in case. Now it looks much better and finishes off the stern quite nicely.
It's time to get this girl in the water again! Watching the wind forecast and think it'll be soon.