I'm pulling out all 4 portholes (port lights, technically, when they are a window) so that I can replace a broken one and reseal the rest. We had problems coming up the coast with water coming in the port lights when we buried the bow in the heavy seas. I now know why. The sealant that was used 35 years ago has let go in several places. The way it is constructed the water can get in, and then migrate slowly to the inside of the boat. I am going to fix it permanently by fiber-glassing the wood support that the port light attaches to. This will prevent water from migrating through the wood (there are some gaps in it). It should be a permanent fix. I have bought two new port lights to replace the two in the vee-berth. Instead of the "privacy glass" it originally had I am installing clear glass so that you can see out. That's kind of a safety thing for me. If I'm sleeping and hear a noise, or feel an unusual bump/motion, I like to be able to quickly look outside to see what is going on. That wasn't possible before. Interestingly these port lights are still manufactured. And you will never guess who makes them. The Fuller Brush Company! How strange...
I'm slowly mapping out the radar mast modifications. There is a lot that is going to be installed on the mast and I want to really think it through and get it functional without looking totally cluttered.
|The radar mast in the garage. Trying to get everything figured out.|
Wow, that mast is going to undergo some major changes. I have some ideas for tucking things into dead spaces and voids so it won't look so busy. But, there will be a lot of stuff installed on this mast.
I continue to pick away at the preparation for exterior painting. I have that cockpit ceiling modification almost done now. One last sanding tomorrow and it should be ready for paint.
|Almost done. It's a smooth transition now, and these two pieces are|
structurally tied together now, so it should be stronger.
I'm moving the dinghy davit mount forward a few inches. This will put the weight of the dinghy (almost 500 pounds) almost directly over the rear salon bulkhead, which will be much stronger. With Sal's changes to the roof structure there (now 1.5" solid fiberglass) it's going to be bullet proof :-)
We got the new "Adagio" decals to put on the sides of the flybridge in today's mail. I can't wait to put them up there to get an idea of what it will look like.
I'll take some pics tomorrow of various projects and post them.