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Biscuit, a 1974 Cape Dory Typhoon

Project Detail:


Mid-October through TBD

Project Scope: Hull and deck paint, structural repairs, brightwork assembly and refinishing, other tbd


Project Hours:  

Sanding Foredeck & Coachroof (5-17-24)

May 17, 2024

With the deck completely sanded aft of the companionway, it was time to move forward, literally, with sanding and removal of the topcoat and primer on the coachroof and foredeck. I got straight to it with a focus on the coachroof and cabin sides, then the removal of the deadlight to starboard. I have yet to see a deadlight like this on a Cape Dory Typhoon - plastic trim, plastic pane, and plastic interior ring, but all came out without a fuss. I used a razor edge to scrap the silicon sealant off, making sure I scraped down to gelcoat, and then proceeded to complete the removal of the paint. I sprang into hardware removal mode, and attempted the removal of the starboard deck-mounted chainplate. The access hatch within the cabin is a ~5" diameter hole, but alas my locking pliers that I had with me were too large to be effective within the cavity - I would need to return with a more appropriate tool. I continued on sanding the coachroof, and worked up to the mast step, removed the three stainless screws, and continued on. The stainless screws were a surprise, in that any water penetration would be trapped within and allowed to migrate to the surrounding core. I did not investigate the material below the deck penetration, as it could be protected from water intrusion (i.e. drilled, filled and drilled), but this is of the bottom needs full protection from damaging effects of water. I continued on...
Having been offsite in the AM on another boat, I focused on the starboard side of the coachroof and side deck, moving just aft of the foredeck, sanding with 60-grit discs. The reveals for the day were repairs to a portion of the coachroof just aft of the mast step, and a repair on the starboard side deck just forward of the deck-mounted chainplate. These repairs will be closely examined in the future for possible improvements.

Total Hrs: 3.5

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