All hands on deck

Finally, a nice warm, sunny Saturday! We checked the forecast and got up early to start attacking the deck before quiet hours came into force at 1pm on Saturdays (no noise allowed at all on Sundays!).

Our initial treatment of the deck involves three steps:


  1. Using an angle grinder to take any rust spots back to the bare metal
  2. Using a wire brush attachment on a drill to exfoliate off any loose paint chips, and
  3. Painting over the bare metal spots with red oxide to prevent rust until the big paint job

I’m happy to say that, since he was a guest, Alex took the most fun angle grinding job, I got the wire brushing, and James was left to sweep away the considerable green dust and paint after us.

Alex and the angle grinderMelissa and the wire brushMelissa and Alex working on the deck

It was all going well until we smelt electrons… and realised we’d completely killed the angle grinder! So the boys went off to Machine Mart to buy a new one for next time, and I used the last hour of “noisy hours” to sand down the window frames on the Captain’s Cabin and stain/varnish them back into some semblance of health.

Sanded and repainted Captain's Cabin window frames

But neither the day nor the sunshine was over by the time they got back, so James went about dismantling the copper pipes from the old LPG installation (Calor Force are very happy to work on boats, fyi! They even have guys trained up on BSS regulations, which floored me…) in order to sell them for scrap. Our last lot of copper pipes from the old hot water system earned us a cool £50 so we hold onto every scrap now. You can also see James’s red oxide deck patching in the foreground, so the areas that were just wire brushed aren’t nearly as obvious.

James dismantling pipes on deck

James and Alex also thought ahead and bought supplies for next weekend’s project, realising that the only environment more hostile than our fenders is B&Q on a bank holiday Saturday… When Nikolaj was piping in our hot water supply, he had to remove a portion of the starboard toilet’s shower wall, so we’ve got the supplies to rebuild the wall and tile it over again.

Wall-less shower in starboard toiletSupplies for the shower wall

A shower at low tide? What a luxury…

- posted by Melissa Fehr on 27 April 2008, 13:46 in