Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Keeping the Drips Off

The weather was just good enough so it was possible to get a couple of coats of Deks Olje D2 onto the gunwales. The mizzen support was quite easy to remove, only 4 bolts and this was stripped, before Deks D1 and 2 was used. It also gave the opportunity to clean old varnish off the deck, which had accumilated around the recess in the moulding.

During this year the varnish on the mast where the gaff jaws rubbed had worn quite badly. There didn't seem a problem at the lower two places, when the reefs are in. The varnish in the worn area was removed and an area masked off. An intial coat of West Epoxy was allowed to cure, before a second coat was added with a layer of glassfibre tissue. This was finally rubbed smooth with some fine glasspaper before several coats of Deks D2. How successful this will be, only time will tell.


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