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Flooring update

June 5 2007 at 10:11 AM
Paul  (no login)

Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

Well things have been a little slow lately, too many other distractions this time of year. The good news is, at least I can work outside without freezing this time of yoear! Sure beats freezing under a piece of 6-mil poly.

The flooring (and entire supportive floor structure, screwed, painted, and boned with 3M 5200) is installed, with a nice looking Nautolex (light weathered teak color) plank vinyl.

The first piece of vinyl trim is in place too. Side floor pieces along the length of the port and starboard hull are newly cut from marine plywood and covered with Nautolex, wrapped around the edges and stapled with monel staples. When the vinyl goes down onto the adhesive, it is very important that the surface of the substrate be smooth, otherwise it will telegraph through the vinyl and look bad. You have to also be careful to smooth out all ripples, etc. with a straight piece of wood, etc. Once tightly adhered, the pices were turned over, and stretched again like doing a canvas for an oil painting. Once tightly stretched and glued, these were placed face to face on the floor with lots of weight placed on top for a couple days until things cure out.

Upholstery pieces are now ready to pop in. The rear structure around the gas tank is totally out, reinforced, painted, partially covered with vinyl, and reinstalled. I am installing a Racor fuel filter with a switch capability for dual tanks, to avoid the sediment situation I may encounter with the old tank. This is just a precaution to get me home in the event we're stranded 20 miles out.

New bilge pumps are in, new blower, already got the transducer installed. Shaft is nicely aligned with the motor now. New fanbelts.

The instruments will be going in shortly during the rewire phase.

It's taken me a while to get this boat ready, but fortunately things are nearly done. My chrome is all out now at the shop, so I'll be ready when it returns.

Photos will be posted of this work in a couple days, stay tuned.

Regards, Paul

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