Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Not a boat, but we do other things when we are asked to repair GRP bodies of camper van's

The first job was to cut out the fractured Fibreglass from the vertical crack to release any tension in the area and let the shape go back to its original position before rebuilding the body work 

The same is done to the lower crack so that it can be moved back into itsd original position and then held there while it is repaired 

The side panel is cleaned up and the loose parts removed and then put to one side so that the pieces can be cleaned up of the old sealant that they were held together with and so the parts can be repaired with the parts they were originally from 

These two parts show how much is missing and how much as to be rebuild  

Repairs having to be done to this part before the other part which is still on the camper is repaired and matched up with this part  

A fair bit of reconstruction needed here to line up the two parts of the side and back panels 

cleaning up the back end of the side panel where it connects to the back panel 

These small parts getting cleaned up so that they can be positioned to be repaired and reconnected to the part they were originally connected too.

Cleaning up the areas which will be fibreglassed back together 

Because they very lightly build the only way to hold them in position was to masking tape the section together so weight was put on the joints and push them out of position  

Fibreglassing up the breaks and the broken pieces so that the next stage of rebuilding can take place, once the parts have cured off and the nexy part of rebuilding the missing parts can get underway.

Cockpit drains done and the inside done for the moment

The cockpit drains now as its pipes fitted and this job can be ticked off 

The inside as now as the work needed to be done now finished for the moment ,so it as now been emptied of any loose equipment and now ready for the next stage of the rebuilding of the interior 

The deck now as all the bits it needs for the moment until the next stage gets underway 

The next job is in the lazarette locker and is the fitting of the water and fuel tanks on new plywood base and the deck fillers.

Monday, 6 April 2020

forehatch and cockpit drains being fitted

The main fore hatch now fitted on its new teak plinth 

The forward end of the forward part of the forward deck head now getting filled up with hand rails and foredeck hatches 

The mainsheet track now finished apart from getting new end stops 

The lazarette locker just needs a vacuuming out and can be painted out with grey bilge paint 

dry fitting the cockpit drain lower section to make sure they line up in the correct position to be able to turned off when needed

The starboard lower section fitted and sealed with PTFE tape

The port side lower part of the cockpit drain taped up with PTFE tape before fitting the ball valve 

Both now fitted and now turning to fitting the upper section and then fitting the pipes to finish the job

Friday, 3 April 2020

first of the foredeck hatches bolted and sealed down, then the next job the cockpit drains to be fitted

The fore deck is now starting to take shape with new handrails and now the first of the foredeck hatch being fitted on their new teak plinths 

A bit more addjusting needed on the larger of the forehatch plinths before it is fitted 

Now that I have all the pieces for the cockpit drains, it will be my next job in that end of the boat and so when the boat goes outside later on in the refit it will have a self draining cockpit, unlike it was when it first came to my yard the cockpit drains were blocked or seized closed 

After they are fitted it will be the turn of the fuel and water deck fillers to be fitted and sealed down and the tanks fitted in their new position and on their new plywood bases 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Starting to fit the main fore hatch plinth a long job, however, it is worth getting correct

Marking off the fore and aft curves first, then grind away the shape and then spokeshave  down to the lines 

Then start on the fore and aft sides of the plinth and put a bevel on these to lower the plinth on to the deck

a tied fit between the handrails, however enough of a gap to not have a water tarp

Marking round the plinth each time it is shaped until it fits all the way round