Delamination!

No foolin. Stripping away the thick gelcoat non-skid from the top of the cabin trunk has revealed large spots of delamination. Delamination is something no (fiberglass) boat owner wants to discover. It is a condition where the fiberglass laminate has separated from the core material to produce small voids in between. When a professional marine …

Last of the LED lighting…

I know, I keep talking about LED lighting (seems lots of boaters are doing LED light projects these days!). But this is the last string of “planned” LED lighting. Recall a string was installed in the aft bilge/steering compartment here: http://www.westsail42.com/2015/07/subfloor-lighting-steering-gear-tweaks.html Well, this string is under the floor of the forward salon. The lighting provides easy …

More LED Lighting…

This time its the aft cabin. This replaces three annoying temporary under-deck cheap fluorescent fixtures along with the cords strung about to power them. As with the main cabin, lights are controlled with a wireless remote (on shelf in last picture).

Stripping Deck Gelcoat Non-Skid with the PaintShaver Pro (Video)

So here it is. The fastest and easiest method to remove the thick gelcoat non-skid from the deck. The tools is the “PaintShaver Pro” (http://paintshaver.com/paintshaver-pro/). Originally designed to strip paint from home siding, sold in two versions: original and marine. The difference between the two being the marine version has diamond tipped teeth instead of …

Gelcoat Removal Tests

Knowing that the gelcoat non-skid must be removed, we have tested various tools and techniques for removal. Here is a summary of what we have learned. Angle Grinder This is the first obvious choice. If you deal with fiberglass/resin construction and repairs, you will likely need to grind the stuff, and already have one. Your …

How To Strip Gelcoat?

The deck needs some attention this summer. Particularly the top of the main cabin trunk where a permanent design/solution is needed for the companionway slide and door. This will involve some fiberglass work moulding parts and glassing them to the deck. This brings up the topic of the nonskid pattern found on decks of Westsails… …

More Ice Box

I finally fit the first layer of foam to the ice box cabinet. However, I am pausing here for the moment. A bit more research has suggested that, despite some extra cost, using vacuum insulation panels for the inner main box will not only improve insulation, but also simplify construction (compared to what I had …

Ice Box “Cabinet” Install

Well, I was hoping to get further this weekend, but when the outside temperature is in the 30s, EVERYTHING must wait for epoxy cure, even when using “fast” catalyst. So the ice box cabinet is “in”, that is, “secured in place”. Final permanent installation of the foam insulation will come later this week. Anyway, here …

Ice Box Dry Assembly

The ice box cabinet is assembled for the most part. Some foam still needs fitting. The “top” will be fitted when the galley countertops are installed. The side face will be fitted with whatever hardwood ply is decided. Dis-assembly and reassembly for permanent installation in the boat will begin later this week. Inner box and …

Ice Box Design

What better activity for a freezing new years day… After revisiting some of my older thoughts on ice box features, I have made some changes, most in the interest of reducing complication, cost and build time. One or Two? At one point, as the ice box cabinet would have such large capacity, the plan was …