March 2003 -- This page is *really* about removing and
cleaning up the foam backed liner that was glued to the quarterberth, and
then tabbing in a new bulkhead. The vinyl is in a number of places around
the boat, and after 22 years the foam is disintegrating. Thus the vinyl is
(The section to the left had a little help!)
It leaves behind quite a messy residue.
After removing the lid in the quarterberth
pulling the holding tank, I removed the bulkhead between the engine compartment and the quarterberth. This section here will become additional storage in the cockpit --
Looking at it from inside the boat, you can see how thick and gooey the remaining adhesive is. In places where the hull is smooth from the liner being tabbed in with mat, it can be scraped off fairly easily. The rough area where there's woven laminate, though, can't be scraped.
After three hours of work with a brass brush on a drill (below) I knew there had to be a better way.
The stuff is just too gooey and thick. It turned into warm glops of adhesive that flew around and re-adhered wherever they landed.
While I tested with solvents, they didn't seem to affect it. Frankly, that's okay, because the thought of using solvents on this much material makes my liver and kidneys hurt.
A good scrub with a
removed most of the disintegrating foam
that's still stuck to the adhesive, and
also made the remaining adhesive a little less gooey.
But it made one
heck of a mess.
After a hard scrub with a hand brass brush, I wiped up
as much as possible and then
hosed the whole thing down.
The next weekend I spent the entire Saturday with a drill and
brass brush, and took
the rest of the goo off.
Brass was easier
on the hull than steel!
Meanwhile, I'd made a cardboard mockup of the bulkhead that'll
separate the new cockpit storage from the
new Navigation station.
(Yes! I'm finally getting around to it.)
I'm doing something different
with the bulkhead.
Rather than just leave a gap between the bulkhead and the hull, I stuck a piece of 1/2 inch neoprene foam between them. This helps as a spacer, and also might make
my tabbing stronger.
Note that even after all that work on the adhesive, there's
quite a bit remaining.
To tab the bulkhead in,
I'm using Knytex tape, from Tap Plastics.
I like it.
It has a layer of mat sewn together with a layer of unidirectional woven fabric. You can get a nice thick tab in place with a single application, and when you roll over it with a little grooved roller the woven fabric helps keep the mat in place. The final result is very clean.
I laid fillets of epoxy thickened with fiberglass chop and colloidal silica along the edges of the neoprene, and rolled the tape over.
Then painted the entire hull with epoxy to seal in the little bits of remaining adhesive.
It's painted with
The extra room is going to make the locker just a little