Well we managed to completely empty the master cabin today and the admiral wiped the entire room including the master head down with a javex/water mix. Due to all of the leaks, there was mould starting to grow and needed to be dealt with asap. We have all of our fingers crossed for a sunny warm day so that they can get the shrink wrap on and we can start to repair the decks.
At some point in time, one of the previous owners removed the teak
from the cockpit and covered all of the cockpit with some type of non skid, rubberized, plastic stuff. Well, this stuff has seen better days and is bubbling and peeling and basically looks like hell. In amongst all of the stuff, is a nice big 2 handed scraper with a razor blade on the end and the admiral started in on removing it. She cut away all of the bubbles and eventually will have it all gone. The glue has obviously failed in a lot of places but where it has not, it is about 1/16th of an inch thick. Nothing a belt sander won’t take care of. We are thinking that we will replace it with one of the fake teak products that are on the market.
In order to make more room onboard, we decided to bring all of the sails home, as well as the brass “boat jewellery” all of which needs to be polished and restored. This will give us something to do during the week.
Removing all of the sails from the v-berth, also allowed me to gain access to the forward water tank. The screws were all removed from the inspection plate and low and behold, guess what? Yup, more stuff!! The entire forward water tank was stuffed with extra material, canvas, Sunbrella and some kind of netting material similar to what was on the old lawn chairs that we all had as kids.
I also tested the shore power briefly to see what would happen. No fires or hot smelling metal so at least when we are there we will be able to use the outlets for the time being.