Esper has changed colour! And the first non-white Formica is up in the galley too! We really are committed now and the project is moving along so quickly, all thanks to The E Team…
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First Coat Of Primer
It’s taken a while but we’ve chosen Esper’s new colour and ordered the paint. The bad news is that we have another month to wait before it gets delivered. Not to worry, Esper’s topsides and deck are still a long way off from that stage so the painters have been cracking on with preparing the top sides. This Thursday, after much filling and faring, they have applied a coat of Jotamastic, which is a protective epoxy mastic barrier coat. This prevents moisture from getting to the gelcoat/epoxied layer underneath and acts as an anti-abrasive barrier coat.
Liz’s Office Table
Liz’s office is almost complete. Ton has painstakenly worked his way around the curved wall and new shelving units with the veneer, and this week he finished off Liz’s table. This is mounted to the wall and drops down when not in use. It swings up with a support underneath for when she’s repairing Jamie’s socks on the sewing machine.
Fibreglassing The Deck
After plugging the holes in the deck we wanted to keep, an epoxy filler was used to fill the rest. Microballoons were used to mix in with the epoxy, which help thicken up the glue. Once this had dried sheets of biaxial fibreglass were cut to size and then epoxied in place.
One of the removal jobs we’d yet to attend to was the removal of the rudder. It proved quite difficult as we first had to remove the auto-steering arm from the rudder stock, and then the steering quadrant itself. After removing the three bolts from the bronze bracket at the bottom of the rudder it should have simply dropped down. It didn’t, of course, so we had to employ a couple of the yard workers to weld a temporary plate to the bracket to provide a surface to hammer down the rudder from its sleeve.
Down below the lads crack on with the veneer, but in the galley Pong has begun the installation of the brushed metal effect Formica…
… whilst Mey continue to sand all the solid wood that remains.
It’s going to be another month before the undercoat arrives, and the painters have their work cut out for them filling and faring up on deck, so don’t expect to see too many aesthetic changes over the next few days. There’s loads more carpentry to do and we’re playing around with the Pacific Plus Windpilot too. We’ve had some discussions with our man about cushions, so at the very least he’ll be in taking measurements.
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