The Big Project for Summer 2016
31 July 2016 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
the srtipped down cockpit
The last couple summer's we've ended up doing big boat projects while in Puerto Escondido -- first removing the teak decks and then designing and building prototypes for our new diesel tanks.
So this summer we decided to continue the tradition and we moved one of the projects we had planned to do this winter in La Paz up to the to do list for Puerto Escondido. It will not only give us more time for the projects we still have on the La Paz list, but it keeps us entertained while we're here -- you can't swim all day ya know.
This project is sort of a repeat because we are removing the teak decking on the cockpit seats and we will replace it with Kiwi Grip -- so it's the same process as the deck removal of 2014 but on a much smaller scale.
The cockpit is not only a quarter the size of the deck but it's also in the shade of the dodger and bimini. Those two things combined with the fact we have experience doing it and we are having incredibly nice breezes for cooler temps this year makes this a very nice project to tackle right now.
Terry removed about 200 screws and pried up all the strips of teak in about 5 hours one morning and that afternoon we both worked on scrapping up the old caulking and adhesives for another hour. Then Terry drilled out the old screw holes in preparation for the resin we would be filling them with and we called it a day. The next morning we cleaned and filled those holes with epoxy so the surface will not only be smooth but water tight.
Phase 1 is now done and we will wait till later in the month to finish the job. We need to sand the whole thing down and that will be much easier to do at the dock. Once sanded it will be ready for painting on the Kiwi Grip -- which is the easiest part of all.
We will go into the little marina here at Puerto Escondido a few days earlier than we'd originally planned (that's where Cetus will stay while we drive north in September) so we can complete the cockpit project before we go.
For now our work here is done, so tomorrow we plan to head back out to our country home on Isla Carmen - Bahia Marquer.
Happy August everyone!