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Sole Survivor

At this stage in the game, that is all Flirt has in her.. the Cabin Sole and all the junk I have been using her to store while working on her cabin. After deciding earlier this week to strip the cabin of all it’s furniture, I went ahead and did it. To be honest, it did not take long. Like all the other wood in my Sprite, all the furniture was completely rotten and many of the pieces fell apart when I grabbed them and yanked.

Not much of a challenge at all.

Now I am left with a ton of junk that needs removing and sorting, a pile of rotted lumber that has to go to the landfill, and a big open space that demands I do something with it. First up will be sealing it up to keep the water out and the rot at bay.

Before

Before being stripped

After

After

Yes, she is a mess inside. That will all be taken care of soon.

While I always thought that “ice chests” were a waste of space in a boat as small as Flirt, I found I was both more and less impressed with Sailstar’s interpretation of how an ice chest should be. I was surprised to see it was molded in one piece of glassfibre. I expected some sort of wood with resin on it. I was not expecting the insulation. It was this metallic flakey stuff that had all settled down to the bottom of the box beneath the molded part. While it kept the bottom cool, the rest of it was exposed to air temp. I would have thought foam would have been better.

insulation

Now that all the furniture is out of the way, I can get going on epoxying in the rest of the oak supports and stringers before I can glass it all in with carbonfibre. But first I need to grind away all the tabbing. so I should expect a lot more dust. At least this time I can rinse it all out with a hose

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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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