It’s been a while since we’ve updated the blog. At first, the excuse was that I was so determined to finish the hull to deck joint that I was out on the boat all the time. Unfortunately, that excuse only lasted a few weeks and I was involved in a serious car accident where a vehicle hit me at high speed on the highway while I was in stop and go traffic heading to work. Not only was my car totaled but my back and neck were injured. I now have to go to the chiropractor three times a week for 7 weeks. This is frustratingly time-consuming and it interferes with me doing much boat work (or physical work at all.) All in all its been a pretty disappointing experience that has really thrown off my routine and general wellbeing.
Anyhow, enough complaining, the good news is that the hull to deck joint is, in fact, finished and we can sleep soundly knowing that there are no little drip leaks! Remember the last blog post about how difficult the port sail track was? Well, I had absolutely no clue what the starboard side had in store for us. Luckily Erin was there with me and we made some critical decisions to make it happen.
The first issue we ran into was that the bolts are hidden by a teak veneer “wall” that lines the hull on the starboard side in the cabin. Here you can see me trying to manipulate this thin piece of wood to get at the nuts. I was quite unsuccessful.
The issue is that this is a solid piece of wood that runs the entire length of the settee and it quickly became apparent that it was installed before any of the cabinetry. In order to take this wood out, you have to take the cabinetry apart. In order to take the cabinetry apart, you have to take the settee apart. I really, really did not want to go through all of that trouble. So, logically I decided the best thing to do is to cut the wood out and get rid of it all together! Erin did not like this idea but we eventually came to a good compromise to cut out the unnecessary parts that you don’t usually see anyhow. This allowed us to have one, smaller, piece that we could slide back and forth out of the way so we could get to the bolts.
Once accessible, the nuts came off relatively easy, we only had a few hang ups, just as we did on the port side. Like everything else involving boat work, it was an exploration in contortion just to reach the bolts but luckily Erin found a comfy spot on the galley counter. 😉
After about 4 or 5 hours we finally got the last few stubborn bolts off and, success, the sail track was off!!!