Rainy Season Boat Repairs

gunwale

The gunwale on the Rock ‘n Row creates a wrap-around deck. You can see here how I ground out the interface and fiberglassed over the top.

It’s officially rainy season in the Pacific Northwest. There is never enough time to get all the work on the outside of the boat done before rain sets in, but all in all, I feel pretty good with what got done this summer. The big project that I completed this summer was sealing up the gunwale.

If your wondering what a gunwale is, it’s the side wall of a boat. The gunwale on the the Rock ‘n Row form a wrap-around deck. The interface where the gunwale/deck meets the cabin was originally sealed with caulking and then aluminum flashing was pop-riveted over the caulking. Thirty four years later, the caulking is failing and the only way to service it is to drill out the pop rivets.

Rather than trying to re-install the flashing, I just decided to grind out the interface and seal it with fiberglass. That way I don’t ever have to worry about it failing again.

Now that the rain is here, I’m awfully glad I managed to get it all done. My boat is dry and warm this season – a huge improvement!

One thing I didn’t get a chance to do though was resurface the outside deck. I need at least a week of dry weather, so that is going to have to wait until next spring. Now it’s time for me to turn my attention inward, to the work inside the cabin. Here’s just a short list of the internal work that needs to be done:

  • Repair starboard aft floor support – Done!
  • Insulate windows & wall around bed – Done!
  • Install & wire in wind turbine
  • Install & wire in new windlass
  • Replace half of engine compartment bulkhead
  • Service engines
  • Install new raw water pump system on engines
  • Audit electrical system

That list is by no means comprehensive. I could go on and on.

In addition to the boat work, I am also going to make a concerted effort to update this blog more often. My updates have been lax because I’ve been working hard to finish in my book, Gunkholing in the Salish Sea. It’s now published to Kindle and I’m working on getting a print edition published. I’m totally stoked!

I’ll post more about my book soon!

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Controlling Fear While Cruising
Food, Voluntary Simplicity, and Happiness
Gunkholing in the Salish Sea
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One Response to “Rainy Season Boat Repairs”
  1. Wish I had a kindle now. Glad to see your book is online. Congrats. Have you considered this self publishing option? http://www.iuniverse.com/

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