Well the ghastly purple interior is all pretty much gone. She looks better already. At least she looks a bit like a yacht below now, albeit a bit spartan .I have had a good look at the balsa core under the saloon (ha ha) deck, and mercifully it all looks fine,
If I can get hold of a cheap digital camera this weekend I will take some before/after photos.
Chris, my tame carpenter has agreed with my idea about the new head lining... with some reservations. The general idea is to put a 6mm x 60mm king plank down the centre of the cabin that can be used to screw odds and sods to - like cabin lighting. Then use 40mm wide by 3mm deep strips of some timber, I cannot remember the name of , along the cabin top. The general idea being to try and emphasise the length of the cabin. Either that or use a nicely faced 3mm deep plywood cut into strips - that he will do for me with his remarkable saw machine... I can probably fit most of that by myself. oops - nearly forget - PROPER brass screws and cups...
The plywood down below really has seen better days, and would be better off being painted over now. So she will go a light matt grey - with important bits picked out in red ( this does seem remarkably familiar but I cant for the life of me remember why.... )
The other thing Chris mentioned was pretty much taking out the whole main bulkhead, leaving the main cross beam in of course. That would open up the cabin quite a lot. Has anyone done this ?
I ended up making my own chart table, with a great deal of supervision. Fine woodwork is really not my forte.
Bother, forgot to order vinyl and adhesive ... and that is where I will actually have to start in the cabin... grrr.... Perhaps one of the DIY places around Portishead might have something suitable.
I have had a quote for having Little Plum anti-fouled by the boatyard - which includes the preparation, anti-foul paint and applying it. £170. That does not include the lift and wash and cradle hire for a couple of days from Quay marinas - but I would have had to have paid that anyway. If I try to do it myself I know what will happen... The weather will be foul.. The yard can whip Little Plum out if it is a nice day, they have all the tools and gear - and can plonk her back when they are ready. I might keep her ashore for a few days so I can give her hull a polish and do her rubbing strake - even I can manage that !.
Crusader sails say my new cruising chute should be ready next week. Sorry Norman I forgot to ask what the area was...
Crusader have also quoted for a new deck scrapeing, radial cut hank on number 1 genoa - £540.. However, there is a racing yacht ( Red Rock I think ) down here that has reefing points in their No 1 genoa so they can avoid foresail changes. So I am going to have a look at how their system works - and then find out if Crusader can do the same sort of thing. Even if they can't, I am sorely tempted, can you imagine the drive out of a genoa like that !!!
6:27PM, 3 November 2011 PDT