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No more preaching

From the Pulpit that is. Flirt’s came off her foredeck this afternoon as I did some serious work in some very nice weather.

Look Ma! no Pulpit

While this has made it harder to off and on her bow. I just need to be a lot more careful now, without the pulpit and toerail, I am really beginning to lack for handholds as I climb aboard to get more work done.

Removing the Pulpit did expose a few surprises. For one, the nuts holding to the deck had no backing plates, they did not even have washers. A good fall into it, and there was a good chance it would rip free and dunk you in the drink if you were lucky.. if you were unlucky, it would leave you laying on the ground six feet beneath her bow. I was also amazed at how light and flexible it was once removed. I knew it came off of a 28 footer that burned (according to old George) and her one foot still bares the scares of that fire, but I was not expecting something so light you could bend it in your hands if you were not careful.

Clean Foredeck

I also found more rot (surprise surprise). I filled in the hole for the anchor chain with a nice combination of resin and glass, and when I went to fill in the holes that for foredeck cleat was bolted to.. all the resin just disappeared down the hole. Yes, I know the obvious answer is that it dripped all over the inside of the v-berth, but I had the holes taped and nothing leaked out. I can only assume the small amount of deck coring used on the Early Sprites must be rotted and the resin just filled in the open areas. That wood’s replacement was coming up soon anyway, so I am not too concerned.

I would just hate to think what would have happened if somebody who was not as handy or patient as me had gotten their hands on Flirt, would they have just removed all the good bits and trashed the hull?

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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