Engine & Fuel
Inboard Ford petrol
Toilet : Portapotti
Only got the boat last Sunday (22nd October 2006). We
had it brought from Hull (where it had been parked (on a trailer) on the
street) for over 12 months to the White Bear marina in Adlington, Lancs which
is quite near where we live. It is now parked on hard standing on its
We have started renovating the boat. Our first job was
to bail out all the rainwater that had collected inside the cabin from a
leaking hood. We must have taken out 10 gallons or more. The flooring has
also had to be removed as it had got very waterlogged.
We have a new hood being fitted on Monday next by
Coverit (we got a Norman dscount) so at least we will then be reasonably
watertight. We have arranged for a marine engineer to start work on the
engine and the electrical systems starting on Tuesday next so with a bit of
luck most of the specialised work will be done soon.
All interior furnishings have been removed and the
covers and curtains have been sent for drycleaning as they smelled very
musty. The foam fillings for the seating etc, have been thoroughly dried and
sprayed with fabric freshener.
Once the boat is watertight and operating its my job
then to repaint/refurbish the interior and lay new flooring and carpets.
The hull of the boat is in reasonable condition and we
intend to simply clean and polish the existing finish and add new anti-foul
paint on the keel section. The top of the boat (the outside cabin section)
will need repainting as it is badly stained and peeling.
We still have some problems which we haven't solved yet
and any advice you or your members could give on these would be welcome.
The Houdini hatch on the boat needs replacing as it has
just a piece of painted ply sitting on top of the aperture. I've looked on
the internet etc. for a proper hatch cover but there are no standard ones
available to fit the existing opening - I'm thinking of fitting a standard
500mm x 500mm hatch cover and cutting out a bigger hole but I'm not sure if
this will weaken the structure.
Where dirty water has stood under the floor boards for
so long the fibre glass is very stained and looks filthy. I'm thinking of
slapping on some paint to clean up the surface but I'm afraid the paint may
act as a solvent on 'raw' fibre glass. Does anyone know of a product which
can be put down on the surface.
We are also considering insulating under the new
flooring but are afraid that any water getting in will just be absorbed and be
held up against the new flooring causing more rot. Any ideas?
Any other advice or thoughts would also be useful as we
are inexperienced boat owners.
When the refurbishment is finished it will go on the
Leeds Liverpool canal on a mooring a little bit north of where we are at
present. Initially at least we will potter up and down the local waterway but
if we get our sea legs OK we might venture further afield as our 2007 summer
I enclose plenty of pictures.
Hope all this is useful and interesting.