The teak is complete

We are getting there. Last week, the teak deck work was completed (as was the other woodwork) and most of the hardware is back in place (genoa track and windlass are still work in progress).
The boat is painted with a base coat that looks like stars and stripes blue. This allows to better see the blemishes etc. “Cow” will paint the last two coats today.

On Thursday, Philip, will get to see the results first. Saturday most of the crew will get there and help prepare for the trip to the Grenadines and Antigua.
A few days later, our team will be complete, Tioga will be in the water and we should be ready to start up our journey again.

Life is good…

Let the caulking begin

The teak is in place. Caulking is the next step, ie filling the space between the planks with a black sealant.
If all goes well, that will be completed this week and re-installation of the initially removed hardware can start on  Monday. Hopefully that can be completed by the end of next week.
After that the ceilings need to be reinstalled and we should be good to go.

Work on the underbody paint job continues as planned.
Redoing the awlgrip (which developed a lot of cracks shortly of the completion a few years ago) is starting up.


More and more teak

A few more shots of the progressing teak deck replacement and bottom work.
The work is progressing well and both teams are on track to complete their work by April 1.

Keeping the pace

The team in Trinidad continues to make very good progress.

The new teak is almost done in the cockpit.
On deck (see photos) the work is moving right along.
Navtec vang was repaired.
Internal wood work is progressing.
Partners and boots are getting ready.
The bottom paint is being stripped and all materials are procured to put 4 coats of steel epoxy primer on the keel and 3 coats of epoxy barrier coat on the hull and keep.
(We will follow up with 2 coats of antifouling on the entire bottom and a 3rd one along the waterline and leading edges.)

The teak deck is gone

Quick summary of the first two weeks of boatwork in Trinidad.

As mentioned earlier, we were impressed by the speed of all the work that was performed while we were still in Chaguaramas.
By now, almost two weeks have gone by and Dynamite Marine and team are moving at a good clip.
By now,
– all equipment is stored in air conditioned storeage sections (in Dynamite Marine’s office)
– the boat is covered by a shrink-wrap tent (to make sure they can keep the pace even during the rain)
– all deck-hardware has been removed, such as cleats, windlass or the very long tracks for the jib-sheet leads
– the fridge is still intact as they found a way to remove the port track without drilling holes in the fridge ceiling
– the outboard is going through service
– the seals of the hydraulic Navtec vang are being replaced
– wood for all the internal woodwork is procured and the work estimated
and yes, all the old teak deck has been removed.

One of the biggest concerns was a potentially rotten core. However, so far, none could be found (except in a section of the cockpit floor. The deck feels strong and shows no decolorization when checking it from underneath. We will drill holes and take sample to make sure we are truly ok.

Other work, such as replacing the barrier cote, fixing the leaking vang selector on the hydraulic panel, replacing through-hulls& valves or installing a proper solution of our improvised partners (we had cut new wooden wedges in Norway and will replace them with Spartite and a canvass cover) are in preparation.

So far, so good – looks like we are in track to get this all done by the end of March. Our crew is set for the leg via the Grenadines to Antigua already and we are having a lot of fun researching where to stop on the way.