I plan to give Little Plum a bit of a refit early next year and need to bounce some ideas around. Any help or advice would be most gratefully received !
When I had her lifted for her annual bath I had a good look at the existing anti-foul. It is still doing its job, she wasn't at all badly weeded - one small bunch of barnacles. No one down here at the marina can remember when she was last anti-fouled. I think the paint used was of the 'soft' variety. If you rub your hand along it when it is wet you get a black hand. I have two options - a) Rub it down and fill where needed and apply a couple of coats of some soft anti-foul. b) Get the yard to blast the lot off with their eco-friendly blasting system down to the gel coat, make good, and then apply a primer and a couple of coats of maybe the hard stuff. In theory it should last longer.
I was trying to estimate how much primer/anti-foul I would need. Then realised I was being a bit of an idiot, because you guys do it all the time and can probably give me a far better estimate.
By way of a diversion, local theory here in Portishead is that you get your hull de-weeded every time you go through the lock and certainly while you are being sanded down by all the sand,grit and gunk in the Bristol Channel water.
Have faded a bit, I tried a sample of a product they are selling at Force-4 on a bit of the hull, and it came up lovely. It seems to work a little bit like T-CUT. So I am going to try that approach.
3) Rubbing Strake
I am planning on rubbing it down and applying Danish Oil. I swear by the stuff - It doesn't flake or go funny colours like varnish.
4) Companion way shutters.
One of my mates works in a place where they cut perspex and he says he can make up replacements, with bevelled edges where they meet, and make up a tidy aperture for the ventilation grill. He says I can probably manage to drill the holes to fit a clasp for the padlock myself.
5) Deck level life lines.
I am going to fit them - it is OK out in the Bristol Channel most of the time, but when it gets choppy it gets very steep and choppy.
6) Spray Hood & Dodgers
I have asked for a quote for a new spray hood kit and dodgers from Garland. I don't mind getting wet, it is all part of the fun as far as I am concerned, but there is the crew to consider.
All the purple ( yes DEEP PURPLE ! ) yucky stick on vinyl has got to go. I will replace it with a more neutral colour. Britt suggested black as she swears it will be my final resting place. Might be handy for chalking nav notes on I suppose. Seriously I will probably go for a light matt grey. The varnish down below is all looking very tired, so I think I will paint that in a slightly darker matt grey.
You guessed it PURPLE. It is all coming out. In the past I have replaced old headlining with tongue and groove around a thin king plank running down the centre of the saloon. I don't think that is going to work on an A24. However I might be able to get the same sort of effect with strips of 30 x 1.5mm Birch faced plywood. Or use larger sheets of the same stuff with thin black lines running fore-and aft to give the same effect. Unless you can get hold of plywood with that effect ? It might make the saloon look a bit longer.
I can use the existing headlining boards as templates.
I don't want to use vinyl again for the headlining, the stupid stuff always wants to part company with the underlying surface. As a matter of interest how deep is the balsa core in the saloon deck head ?
9) Lighting - Strange to relate this is not purple. One red night light and a rather harsh fluorescent job. I will keep the red one, because I quite like it at night - but will install a few 12V lights from B & Q or a caravan shop.
10) Chart Table. I stopped using the chart table as,well, a chart table, because it clutters up the saloon when sailing. So I shove the port mattress as far up out of the way as I can and have a board on the berth. This tends to mean that I end up on my knees, apparently praying, while doing navigation work. Praying is probably more effective than some of my navigation skills.. but it is hard on the knees. So I am going to construct something a little more practical.
11) Windows. They are NOT pretty, but they don't leak.. So I am going to leave them alone.
Any thoughts ?
4:56AM, 10 October 2011 PDT