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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Removing Deck Caulking
« Last post by Ziffius on Yesterday at 14:49 »
Masked up area ready, then it rained. Maybe 1 tube will do this with a bit left.
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Removing Deck Caulking
« Last post by Ziffius on Yesterday at 14:44 »
Raining here so caulking on hold. So far apart from the fancy pattern on the bow I have been masking up both sides of the seam then after caulking with a bit of overfill, dragging a putty knife along to flatten seam and make sure it has been filled. If there is the right amount of overfill the the seam stands fractionally proud - too little overfill End’s up with a slight concave finish. After about 40 mins I pull the masking tape up at an angle. Then start cursing when I put my foot or hand down on a freshly done seam!!! I’ve learnt to do small sections at a time.
TDS will bond with cured TDS so you can do the deck in stages. Where I have put my foot in it I can mask it off when cured and clean with acetone and fill the dents in the seam. I’ll measure up how far a tube goes next time I do some but it is doesn’t go as far as I had hoped - a fair amount often ends up out the back making a right mess of the caulking gun.

You tube shows the job being done without masking tape, a putty knife is used as described the once cured a scraper blade is used to trim the height of the seam then an orbital sander used to make a beautiful finish. There isn’t enough teak on my deck to sand it down except at the bow where the fancy pattern is - I had to sand with triangular sanding tool for my multitalent and it was hard work.
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Antifoul/polish services
« Last post by Sadlerfin on March 26 2020, 13:10 »
Interesting I'm at Port Solent and have not been told the marina is closed, although they did text me to say lock was shut.

I went back in the water 10 days ago and have a small water leak after the sail drive seal was replaced worrying.

A number of people live aboard I wonder if they have been evicted.

Derek
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Antifoul/polish services
« Last post by Nicho on March 25 2020, 16:16 »
Port Solent (and I presume other Premier Marinas), have emailed to say their boatyards are closed from Thursday, until further notice. Not allowed to visit your boat either. It’s going to be a long year😕
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Scuttlebutt / Re: Anybody think there going sailing this year
« Last post by Salty on March 25 2020, 07:16 »
we had an email yesterday that pwhelli marina is closed, also hard standing locked. no access for anyone.

And Caernarfon Marina as well, both are operated by the local councils. In addition ABC Powermarine boatyard at Beaumaris is in lockdown, so no boat lift in or out. I’m waiting to hear whether Holyhead Sailing Club moorings within Holyhead harbour will be available or not, but the answer is likely to be not, because as much as anything getting there, or in fact to any Marina or mooring anywhere else, would most likely not be considered to be essential travel. Holyhead Marina continues to remain very largely out of use following the winter storm early in 2018 except for a very limited number (three I think) pontoons where temporary berthing may be possible so long as someone remains onboard. Also, and similarly Jen et Ross comment regarding the coastal areas of Scotland, an Anglesey councillor very recently stated that the island of Anglesey was closed, and for the very same reasons.
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Scuttlebutt / Re: Anybody think there going sailing this year
« Last post by Symphony on March 24 2020, 17:24 »
Same with our clubhouse and marina. Review in 3 weeks.
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Scuttlebutt / Re: Anybody think there going sailing this year
« Last post by diverphil on March 24 2020, 16:59 »
we had an email yesterday that pwhelli marina is closed, also hard standing locked. no access for anyone.
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Antifoul/polish services
« Last post by Nicho on March 24 2020, 15:23 »
Thanks for the input, but my guy has now managed to get back to the U.K. Don’t know whether the Port Solent yard will be lifting next week, or of they will let outside workers in to do jobs. Could well have a considerable beard by the end of the season (the boat that is)😀
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Bavaria Yacht Help! / Re: Removing Deck Caulking
« Last post by Sootydog on March 24 2020, 13:36 »
Ziffius, thanks for the update.  I was going to have a go at this job this season but it now looks like its delayed for a year.  Please post more of your experiences re deck caulking (some pics would be nice).  I am interested to know how many feet of caulking per tube of sealant and how you are dealing with overspill and raised cured sealant.  Do you think the job could be done in stages over several seasons?  Keep going and best of luck.
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Sorry, I am not answering your question directly.   If you go for aluminuim toerail, please DO fasten it with screws that are well countersunk.

I had an experience in a harbour in the South Ionian where we were moored in a bad storm.   The stupid harbourmaster put us adjacent to a flat bottomed motor cruiser.   At the height of the storm (Midnight through to the early hours) had me and my crew frantically holding off the mad bouncing boat in driving rain.   The screws attaching the toerail on the side of this boat ripped the side of my boat down to the laminate in several places.   One of the fender ropes was frayed so badly by one of the screws that we lost the fender.   An absolute nightmare.

In the morning, the harbourmaster arrived with the owner of this cruiser demanding 500 Euros from us for the damage to the cruiser!   Later when the authorities came to photograph the incident, I was asked "what damage".   The damage to the cruiser was cruiser was the loss of  three of these offending screws!

The outcome was a day arguing and photocopying insurance documents in the port police office.   I refused to pay the demanded money and subsecuently informed my insurance company of the incident formally.

One replaced stanchion and gellcoat repairs done by myself was the outcome.   My insurance no claim bonus was left intact.

Good luck with your new toerail and I hope you get the leak sorted out, but please bear in mind what stupid, badly fitted self tapping screws can do by way of damage to other boats.

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