In German, “rot” is red.. and that is how my skin looked this morning as I got a small amount of work done today on Flirt. With the Temps way down below freezing (19f/-7c) staying warm and comfy inside was more important than doing work on my boat.. at least to most people.
I am not most people.
While I could not continue to grind away at the internal paint on Flirt’s V-berth area, I was able to pull out all the rotted wood from it. With only a 20amp cable running to my Sprite, running both an Angle Grinder and a 1500watt space heater just seemed like a really bad idea. It would also probably not be good for the heater to suck in that much fine glassfibre dust, so I amused myself with ripping out the 52 year old plywood that made up the base of the V-berth.
All glass boats sweat.. unless yours is like the Southern Cross 31 and built with an airex foam core hull.. Flirt is a solid ‘glass hull, so she sweats. She also has a leaky forward hatch, and most of her hardware has not been bedded in for years (possibly decades) so any and all wood aboard her is rotten and must come out. As we all know, plywood is especially good at soaking up water and rotting way before you eyes.. hence the need to quite literally rip it all out and start over again.
I still need to grind down the tabbing I left behind, but all I needed to remove the ply was my own two hands, a screwdriver for leverage, and an old beat up hammer (that I found aboard Flirt when I got her home) and after a few boards were pryed free, and a few kicks, it was a matter of just grabbing the wood and pulling.
There is an amazing amount of room up there now.. and I found all the rest of the grinding dust I made.
I also uncovered the Porta-potti the previous owner graciously left behind for me. That will be deep sixed too.
A little more grinding to get everything smooth and I can start glassing in more Carbonfibre before I epoxy in the ribs and stringers that will strengthen Flirt’s flexiflyer hull and give me a place to hang the furniture. I am getting closer and closer to doing positive work!