Esper Refit 34 – bedding deck fittings with butyl tape

Lots of fiddly jobs this week. That’s what the project is coming down to now, a collection of odd jobs, all interconnected in some way, and typically all held up by the late arrival of a vital material. This week we also play with butyl tape.

Weekly Video Round-Up

Bits and pieces, including Mey’s polished stanchion bases and a lesson in how to bed deck fittings with butyl tape.

Bedding Deck Fittings With Butyl Tape

Last week we showed you the butyl tape we plan to bed our deck fittings with. This week we have a go at installing our stay-sail track. It’s fiddly but pretty straightforward, once you’ve got your head around counter-sinking the bolt holes. Unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of the procedure so I’ll take some on the next job. In the meantime there’s a good piece on it in this week’s video clip.

Mey’s Back

The good news was Mey returned for five days. She’s become quite an expert polisher, with our cheap angle-grinder clamped to a block of wood, polishing disk attached. The stanchions and bases have come up a treat.

Stainless steel 316 polished stanchion

Mey is also cleaning up the portlights, removing them of old sealant and giving them a general clean. I’m surprised some of those windows remained waterproof, such was the degradation of the old sealant.

Mey cleans up the portlights

More window action

A couple of the windows needed resealing so we removed the old sealant, cleaned them down with acetone, and then used Sikaflex 295 to reseal.

Resealing hatches and portlights with Sikaflex 295

We’ve also taped up around the portlights in anticipation for their sealant. As with all the fittings I’m fitting them all first to make sure we have the correct number of bolts and that all random holes in the deck have been filled with one fitting or another! Once we’ve done that, and once I receive my shipment of white butyl tape, we’ll start bedding them down.

Using 3M tape around the portlights

Filling corrosion in aluminium cavities

One problem I’ve noticed with aluminium is corrosion in areas that are normally covered. I guess this is a form of crevice corrosion though I’m not familiar with the metallurgical reaction that’s occurring. If anyone can tell me if it’s the same as stainless being deprived of oxygen, please let me know. Anyway, I took it upon myself to fill said corrosion with epoxy mixed with microballoons. After it’d dried I sanded it back and it seems to have done the trick (though what little anodisation was left may have been removed in the process).

Aluminium crevice corrosion filled with epoxy glue and micro balloons

Saying goodbye to Tui

With the project coming to an end (although where the light at the end of the tunnel is, I’ve no idea), it’s time to lay off some workers. I was struggling to find work for the two remaining carpenters so this week we said goodbye to Tui. It was a little sad really since he’s been a part of the team right from the start. We’ve had some laughs and he’s been a great worker. On his last day he stayed behind for a quick drink and I chatted to him (using Julie as our interpreter) to understand a bit more about his caged birds he brings in every day.

Tui (left) holds up his singing bird

There’s a little bit of this at the end of the video clip. I’m hoping to make it down to one of the competitions and understand a little bit more about this intriguing, albeit cruel, past-time (I dislike caged birds).

Saying goodbye to other yachties

Pictyured below is Phil of Big Bandicoot, and Kerry and Lynette of Fayaway. Here they are on a drizzly morning saying goodbye to Southern Wing.

Saying Goodbye to Southern Wing

Saying Goodbye to Southern Wing

Shortly after their departure Kerry and Lynette were dropped into the water. These guys have been in the yard for a few months and were our neighbours for a while too. Here’s Julie seeing them off at the slip.

Julie saying goodbye to Fayaway

More Pics

Here’s a couple more from my Boatyard photography project. The irony in this first image would be better understood if you were familiar with Mr Gon’s ambitious work ethic:

Mr Gon of PSS Boatyard

And here’s two of the girls working in the supply shop. An on-going sub-project is to try and capture either of them not laughing.

Muslim girls working at PSS Boatyard supply shop

What’s Next?

More of the same with a reduced work-force.

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6 Comments on “Esper Refit 34 – bedding deck fittings with butyl tape”

  1. Hola, Jamie, I wonder what your plans are once all this is over, Esper is at the ready and you and Liz are together again!!!

  2. Yo Jim-Jam,

    Hope you’re feeling better and not too lonely. You’re never too far from our thoughts. All is groovy here.



  3. Hi Jamie

    Be careful with the use of Butyl tape it remains flexible but it doesn’t return to its original width when compressed.

    All the best Steve.

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