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Old 09-08-2012, 04:59 AM   #6796
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Received a visit from an old friend today, so we managed to blow a good chunk of the day yakking.

I did get over to the boat with some of the goodies I picked up this morning from the Plastics shop in Nanaimo.

To make a long story short, I think that I have the leak fixed that is in the back of the bilge.

However, now there appears to be another far smaller leak right at the very back corner - which is damn nearly impossible to get at - plus I found an extremely small leak in the main bilge which I never noticed before. It was after 7 yesterday evening before I was through messing around, so I will be checking early this morning to see how much water came in overnight.

I am now convinced I know why the water is coming in from several places. More on that later.

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It does appear that the biggest of the leaks in the bilge has been repaired. The water flow has been reduced by about 75%, and now is incoming at about 6 liters an hour.

Here's what I believe is going on.

The bilge is just a piece of plywood which has been glassed in to the keel just over a foot below the cabin sole, about two feet above the bottom of the keel. It seems that the glass attaching the bilge wood to the sides of the keel is slowly failing. It's only 38 years old...don't make 'em like they used to I guess.

I'm sure that there is a leak in the keel below the bilge, and that the water pressure is constantly trying to find a way in to the bilge. This it has done.

I am expecting that when I haul the boat that I will find some sort of small leak from the keel which I hope I will be able to see water leaking out of as the tide falls. As long as I can see it, I can fix it.

Additionally, once the water level falls below the bilge I should be able to dry the bilge out with a heat gun and put some heavier 'glass in to cover the entire bilge. Even if I cannot locate an outside leak, that should solve the problem of water coming in from below. I have LOTS of fabric and resin for the job.
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But apart from the boat troubles, work must go on at the house. The season is rapidly closing in on us here - as was evidenced by the very cold and windy day today.

I have but one small outside varnishing project to do, and that will be on the very next warm day, which looks like next Thursday.

I have done the end wall of the barrel vault ceiling, the front door, the studio door, the windows in front of the solarium and the French doors so far.
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When my friend Finn came over for a visit, I invited him for breakfast the next morning.

He rowed over in his inflatable and managed to slice a neat 2" long gash in the boat when it hit some barnacles. Those darn things are just like razor blades. Of course, the side of the boat then deflated instantly.

We put our heads together to see what we had to effect the necessary repairs and ended up using some fabric which I had on hand, and some epoxy which Finn had on his boat.

Because time was of the essence - time and tide wait for no man and all that - we took the generator and a heat gun down to the beach to hasten the cure time.

Fortunately it worked like a charm. So much so that Finn decided he would like to 'glass over the whole bottom of the inflatable. So I gave him about 13 or 14 extra yards of fabric for the job, and off he went, only 2 1/2 hours late.
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Last night's sunset...looks like the last one for awhile.
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Well, some completely crazy weather today!

Early this morning - around 5 am or so - I was outside observing Jupiter, the moon and Venus. Nice clear sky and no wind.

I needed to get to town to get yet more stuff to fix the boat and left the island around 9:30. Lovely ride across, sunny and almost no wind.

Got back to the marina around 12:30, and after loading the boat with my supplies I headed back shortly before 1 pm.

By this time it was raining very lightly and the wind was making its' presence well known. About 1/4 mile out somebody pulled the plug on the big clouds and there was a massive downpour. This kept up until I was about 200 yards from my mooring, when it turned into a very light shower. By this time I must have borne a striking resemblance to a thoroughly drowned rat.

Tied the boat up, bailed it out and the rain stopped and the sun came out...just long enough for me to get my goodies loaded in to the canoe and up to the cabin. The instant I got there, the heavens opened up again and it has done this for the rest of the day. One minute it's good and the next it's raining like mad.

Here's a few pics from earlier. First is a look at Vancouver Island when one of these squalls came through. Very shortly after that, just a matter of minutes, the sky cleared again.

The varnish actually looks quite good with the rain all beaded up.
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Man that would reek having been caught out in a rain like that, but I have been also, it isn't fun. That is one beautiful piece of work Keith, how is my table holding up?
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Man that would reek having been caught out in a rain like that, but I have been also, it isn't fun. That is one beautiful piece of work Keith, how is my table holding up?
Your table needs some attention Jim. There are a few good days left in the forecast, but whether or not I will have the time to get at it I don't know. If I do, I will certainly post a pic or two.

More to be done on the boat today.
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Since there is very little in the way of time left I decided to have a go at your table this afternoon Jim.

As you can see, the old finish had seen better days. It took half a dozen sanding discs, but most of it cleaned up fairly well.

I have it covered with a heavy tarp tonight, and with luck I can start on the refinishing tomorrow...weather permitting as usual.
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Since there is very little in the way of time left I decided to have a go at your table this afternoon Jim.

As you can see, the old finish had seen better days. It took half a dozen sanding discs, but most of it cleaned up fairly well.

I have it covered with a heavy tarp tonight, and with luck I can start on the refinishing tomorrow...weather permitting as usual.
It is still beautiful Keith, I love it, when wood ages it just looks that much better to me. If you had an old #112 Stanley scraper you could have taken that finish off quickly. I am on a hunt for a #7 or #8 Stanley plane as I want to go back to doing as much as possible by hand so I can downsize my shop.

I was given a truck load of aromatic red cedar yesterday and have no idea what I will do with it but I will do something. They gave me two 8 foot logs, the base was about 30 inches in diameter, but there was no way I could handle them, these short pieces gave me a run for the money loading them.

That sunset is so peaceful and beautiful, I can just feel sitting around a campfire looking at the evening sky.
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Aromatic cedar? You lucky guy...up this way that stuff is worth about $5 a board foot!
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Good gravy, you can't hardly sell it down here, no body wants it. The main trunk of the tree was trashed because they couldn't sell it and I couldn't handle it. I sure wish I could send you some of this I have. The last I saw of kiln dried s3s red cedar went for somewhere around $1.25 a bd foot.
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After yesterday's sanding, there was still some residue from the original varnish on the table, so a fresh attack was made this morning and everything was removed down to bare wood.

Brushing didn't quite get all the dust off...but compressed air did.
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You never quite know with arbutus just how the finish will take or what colours will show up.

This is the first coat, and it looks promising. I did get a second coat on toward the end of the day and it looks even better.
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