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gibson29 8:27pm, 3 December 2012
Hello All

I have just purchased Mouette Solitaire and need to re fit the chain plates as they have been leaking for some time. Can anyone tell me what the support arrangement is under the deck, I suspect a wooden support glassed into the raised deck area (which will almost definitely need replacing) where the chain plates are attached or perhaps just a backing plate fixed on with sealant? I have not yet had time to clean the damage away so it's not obvious to me yet but I would be grateful for any comments and advice from any of you who have tackled this task before?

The second task I have is to replace a stanchion base and repair the deck around it. First question is where can I get a new stanchion base from, I'm guessing you can't get the original ones anymore so to that end what's the best alternative? Second question concerns the deck area as this is obviously close to the hull deck join how difficult is it to repair?

Lastly I am missing an outboard well plug, I've read somewhere on this site that someone may have a mould to make one, can anyone help?

Thanks in anticipation

Rob
rothwell_neil 6 years ago
Rob

I found the original reinforced area around the ubolts to be fine and just loosened off the bolts under the deck, lifted the ubolt off the deck, cleaned it up and re sika flexed it and tightened, never leaked again. Did lowers on both sides and then mains and never needed to adjust the tension as just put them back where they were once tightened up again.

Stanchions are standard stanchions but sit in a non standard pocket. I had one loose in the pocket but the pocket OK. Fixed this by just pouring some resin into the crack and moving the stanchion to pull resin in. Other one with a broken pocket was fixed in place and then reglassed on the inside. Not that easy as upside down but thin silicon gloves help to mould the glass in shape just as the glass goes green. Another one was broken in half and otherwise OK. Cut this down the inside of the pocket, managed to prise it out and then put in new one.
Red Marlin 6 years ago
Welcome as you see you will get problems but the payback well worth it.
Little_Plum 6 years ago
Hi Rob,

I own Little Plum over at Portishead Marina and I am so pleased that Mouette Solitaire has a new owner. It would be nice to meet up sometime. Thinking about it, If we can arrange it, we may as well try and get all the local Achilles owners together at the new pub (which I think is excellent !) As far as I know LP is the only A24 afloat in the marina at the moment. Miss Moneypenny (an 840 I think) is moored a few berths up from LP, but I haven't met her owner yet.

LP is very much a 'work in progress' at the moment, so does not look too pretty down below, but if you want to compare and contrast do ask and we can arrange something.

As usual, I will be aboard over Christmas and the new year so if you are about come and say hello !!

Cheers

Gee
Mike A1 6 years ago
Hi Rob,

I have made a mould of the lower part of my outboard well plug:

www.flickr.com/photos/17203802@N00/3483420347/

You are welcome to borrow this if it helps.

Cheers,
Mike
gibson29 6 years ago
Little_Plum:

Hi Gee

Very happy to meet up sometime I need all the help and advice I can get! I will be working on Solitaire one day most weekends and at the club most Wednesdays so hopefully we can make that work?

Rob
gibson29 6 years ago
Mike A1:

Mike

Thanks for the offer where are you based, as I've never seen a complete plug before what does the missing bit look like?

Rob
Mike A1 6 years ago
Rob,

If you seach the pictures for the word "plug" you will see several examples of home-made plugs and also this original:

www.flickr.com/photos/8644331@N08/1251349340/

I'm based in Cambridge. How about you?

Mike
gibson29 6 years ago
Mike A1:

Mike,

I'm in Bristol but could make a trip up there if necessary, do you ever come this way? Hopefully I will be into this level of detail sometime in the new year, wishful thinking perhaps, so no great rush as I've got to fix all the leaks and sort the interior first but grateful for the offer and I will take you up on it when I have the time to tackle the job and finish it in a reasonable timeframe!

Rob
Mike A1 6 years ago
gibson29:

I've sent you a FlickMail message...
blueachilles 6 years ago
Hi Rob,

...so have I.

Rod
~Marilla~ 6 years ago
Rob,
Stanchion base :-
www.google.co.uk/search?q=stanchion+base&ie=utf-8&amp...

Or a steel fabricator/welder (blacksmith). In my case, the tiller stock of Marilla (which secures the wooden tiller to the rudder stem) was old, cracked & knackered; I discovered a marine blacksmith in Loddiswell, S. Devon, who's making a new one for me in stainless steel.

I've only had Marilla 6 weeks & here am I, the advisor!!!

Rick
gibson29 6 years ago
~Marilla~:

Rick

Thanks for the info I am hoping to save the old stanchion base and need to investigate the damage a little further before committing it to the bin and getting a new one made from scratch but ultimately I may end up going down that path! Hate to think what getting a one off made will cost!,

Rob
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