How I Saved My Sole

May 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

When I bought Duet she had fitted carpet.  It was green (though it may once have been blue?), hessian backed and full of sand.  It was stuck to her 3 piece plywood cabin sole with lots of double sided carpet tape and it had to go.  I think ripping that out was one of the first things I ever did.

However, I was only able to remove 2 pieces and it left a horrible residue that stuck to your flip flops so I quickly bought some cheap door mats that didn’t fit properly and looked worse than the carpet had been.  The middle section remained carpeted as it was not only sticky taped down but was also sandwiched in place underneath a corroded table leg fitting.  It wasn’t nice.

Hurley 22 Cabin Sole

Before: Green carpet, sand and corrosion.

Originally I had planned to bin the lot after cutting some new ones using them as a template. However, to be honest my woodworking skills are pretty minimal and besides I don’t own a jigsaw, so one day while I was prepping the rubbing strake I had a bit of left over Nitromors which I slapped on the glue tape, and lo… it was dissolved and could be scraped off!  I brought the boards home for some intensive TLC.

Now, anyone who knows me will know that I do rather like stripes… And I have always thought that the lovely striped teak and holly cabin soles on boats are very smart. However, teak and holly inlaid 12mm ply is an eye watering £300 a sheet, while laminate to stick on top yourself is over £150 a sheet. Way out of my budget.

Then I saw this awesome hack with a roll of masking tape and some white paint. I clearly had to give that a go!

The sticky tape and varnish took 2 goes with Nitromors to remove, and I scraped off the gunk each time before reapplying.  Finally it had a good scrub with a hard brush and some washing up liquid.  Once it was dry it had a good sand and then a wipe over with some white spirit to remove the dust before I started with the masking tape and white paint trickery.

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Left: one go with the Nitromors, Centre: Original, Left: 2 coats of nitromors and sanded

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Stripped, sanded and ready to go

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Masking up. I did this by eye using the width of the tape

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Painted with a watered down white emulsion

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“The Reveal” Unfortunately I didn’t press the edge of the tape down well enough in places and there was some bleed. But I neatened it up again by cleaning the edges with a fresh paint brush dipped in water before it dried.

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Back in the kitchen it got 2 coats of exterior silk varnish.

I have also bought 2 new brass ring pulls from which came from Australia via eBay as they were 50mm size which seems to be non-standard for the UK.  They cost $30 including shipping, so that’s £15 for the pair.  I also bought a new table base from eBay for £7 – it’s plastic so won’t corrode again.

I’m really chuffed with the result, it’s a vast improvement – they’ve gone from “Grotty to Yachty” (sorry I couldn’t resist that)

There are a few blemishes in the wood, and the stripes aren’t perfect but it’s flooring and hopefully won’t be looked at that closely. Anyway it’s all “character”, eh?


May Bank Holiday #1

May 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Well, I took advantage of a hiatus in work and have just returned from what seemed like a mammoth 4 days down at the boat, though I only appear to have managed to cross 2 things off the list this weekend!

Annoyingly, I spent a fair bit of time on ‘rework’ after I lifted the lid on the lazarette to find everything covered in blue dust after the sand blasting, even though I’d previously scrubbed it out…

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The blue lazarette before I cleaned it (again)

I was also really dismayed (read: p****d off) to discover that after my heroic attempts with the rubbing compound, Cillit Bang and polish that my neighbour had managed to liberally drizzle the starboard side with blue Tiger Xtra antifouling!  Luckily the yard sorted that out and the owner was made to purchase me some No. 3 Thinners from Bussells and with some elbow grease and another polish it did come off, though for a bit it looked like I was going to have awful blue streaked staining down one side.  It will need another wax though… Interestingly the owner swore blind it wasn’t him as he didn’t get any on his glasses.  It must have been really windy and just come off the roller and gone sideways straight onto my boat.  Some of the drizzles were over 3 inches long!  Let that be a lesson to us all.

Slowly progressed on the interior, just about managed to finish with the wire brush and drill this weekend – I have a video update here:

I also managed to get the middle section of the bilge boards / cabin sole off by unbolting it from underneath. There is a crack in it (circled red below) and it’s pretty wobbly, even with the boards in.  I was also really surprised to see how flimsy the middle section  is! I think this will need to be repaired with some glass matting to strengthen it up somewhat. I had originally intended to replace the boards with new but I think they’ve shown surprising promise after a little Nitromors so I have plans for them and have bought them all home for a little tlc.

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The red circle marks a crack. Very wobbly.

I managed to get 3 coats of Olj Deks on the brightwork on the cabin roof  before the rain set in.  Always good to see your progress… Annoyingly though I left the replacement teak strip at home (I bought it from Taff Howells at Beaulieu last week end).  There’s nothing like manky teak deck fittings to make a boat look unloved, and it’s not that much of a job to turn them around. I’m loving the Deks Olj, think it has a really nice finish and it’s really easy to apply.  No need to worry about a drippy finish like with varnish.

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In other news, I have booked my re-launch for the 3rd June.  Fingers crossed I should make it: I need a nice run of 4 days to epoxy and antifoul the bottom and I think I can get the painting done in another 2 days or so…  But at least I think I’m nearly at the end of the really grotty jobs now.

All systems go!

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