Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Punchlist 2016 & Companionway Repair

The Punchlist for 2016 has a few holdovers from 2015 and several new items.  This may be a long process since we seem to be moving slower and our budget is being reached sooner than expected. Any here is the list to this date but I am sure more will be added:

  • Re-bed companionway cover and re-seal the hold down screws. DONE
  • Straighten dingy davit arm. DONE
  • replace LPG tank with new. DONE
  • replace seatalk line from helm to controller
  • install terminal strip power buss in helm instrument enclosure to clean up wiring.
  • install new RG-213/U coax from masthead to nav station and install new whip antenna.
  • replace existing windex with new 15" at masthead
  • replace Steaming Light with new LED type
  • replace Stern Light with new LED type.

The companionway repair was one of the first big items to be completed in 2016.  The job was much more simple than envisioned and took about 3 hours.  We used 3M5200, in spite of all the horror stories we hear on almost every website, blog and infonet, and will probably hate ourselves when we have to repair it again in a few years.  Hopefully this blog will serve to keep us from forgetting.  The pictures snapped are below. During the re-bedding process we found a hole that had been drilled by someone and hole  that could have caused a leak if water remained in the grooves beside the companionway sliders.
 This is a picture of the companionway hatch cover.  I would estimate it took 15-20 minutes to remove. Then another 45-60 minutes to clean up all the groves and nooks and crannies.
It was very windy the day this was done and it is a mistake because when we applied the sealant the chucks of debris became embedded into the product.  This was hard to clean up after the sealant solidified about 3 days later. To clean it up we used lacquer thinner many days later. Trying to clean up while the sealant is soft would be a disaster and this is to be avoided at ll costs.

Applying the sealant was straight forward and a thin coat applied to the hood and the thicker part to the groves.
Be sure to put some product on the screws and into the screw holes.

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