Monday, July 11, 2011
ATKIN’S YAWL, THE WORK CONTINUES:
When I returned, both masts, looking like new with ten coasts of high gloss varnish, were again standing majestically in place. Several new (scavenged from used boat yards, old bronze) turnbuckles were in place, and all new off-white three-strand running rigging was in place. I realized right away that these old salts really had to know their stuff, all the lines, the sheets, halyards, out-haul, down-haul, topping lifts, preventers, etc. all looked the same; no color coded braid here.
Also, while I was gone, the preparation of the hull for painting had started. All the existing multi-layers of old paint had to come off. This was the part I wasn’t looking forward to. Paint masks a lot of problems. I already knew I had a few problem areas in the hull. A soft spot on the starboard side amidships, and both stern quarters under the cap rail were suspect. I’m glad to say however, that what I found when seeing the hull naked for the first time was better than I could hope for. Yes, those suspected areas were confirmed, and a section of those planks will have to be removed and replaced, but the rest of the hull proved to be both tight and solid. The rot in the transom had made it’s way into a
2” thick mahogany board that we were able to dig a hole completely through to the stern lazarette.