It has been awhile since posting. Time to get back on track. Summer is here and it is time to go boating.
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Starting this week, more posts about how to maintain and fix your houseboat.
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It sounded like a nice get away weekend. “Let’s go spend the weekend on the houseboat in Chattanooga.” That was before it turned out to be the COLDEST weekend of the year! The concern was not the time spent actually ON the boat. It was the LONG walk out the dock. And not just for us, but for our 2 furbabies. With temps in the 20’s, we trekked out the dock. The dogs were wearing their sweaters and wrapped in a blanket in the dock cart. And to our surprise, we were not the only ones crazy enough to be spending time at the dock that weekend. There was even a ghost hunters group that spent time over night in 17 degree temps doing a ghost tour in the old haunted dam.
Even though it was cold, there is just something wonderful about being on the water. Being able to look out at the calm water and enjoy the beautiful scenery is so peaceful. Until you have to bundle up in layers and walk the dogs. But even then, it was a good weekend. We all survived. At least it wasn’t snowing. Happy Boating where ever you are.
Water intrusion through bridge screws
The second kind of crack we are going to look at is the caused by water intrusion into the wood substructure. This kind of crack is caused when water gets into the wooden roof substructure causing it to swell and crack the fiberglass.
The first thing we need to do to repair this crack is to identify where the water is getting into the roof structure. Here are some places to look. If the crack is around the bridge, look at where the bridge is attached to the roof. Several manufacturers simply screw the bridge directly to the roof. Over time, the silicone used to seal where the screw penetrates the roof can deteriorate allowing water into the plywood substructure. Most of the time, but not always, this will also result in the roof leaking in the salon.
You can fix this problem in 2 different ways. The first and best way to repair this problem is to raise the bridge up and fiberglass a small wood block onto the roof to which to attach the bridge. Once you set the bridge over it, the bridge can’t move. You can also put a screw through the bridge into the side of the block as well. This will insure you will never have this problem again.
The second way would be to simply remove the screw, scrape off the old silicon, and reseal it using new silicon. The problem with this is that you will have the same problem again at some point in time.
Regardless of which method you use, before you place the bridge back in to final position, you will need to open the water damaged area up and let it dry thoroughly. You can do this with a hook bill knife or a grinder. Be sure to remove any loose and delaminated fiberglass, opening the roof up until you find dry wood. Once the wooden substructure is completely dry, you can take a folded 7” grinder disk or a grinder and smooth the area. From here you simply need to apply 2 layers of 1 and ½ ounce chopped strand mat. Mix enough resin to wet out thoroughly. Allow to dry completely, sand sooth and apply a thick coat of gel coat with surfacing agent.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions. Good luck and happy boating.
- A small amount fiberglass resin
- A small piece of chopped strand fiberglass mat
- A small amount of gel coat with surfacing agent or “wax” in it
- A very small amount of MEK or hardener
- 2- 2” disposable paint brushes
- 2 small paint trays
- 4”- 36 grit grinder pad
It has been awhile since we posted. Between the holidays and relocating to another state, it has been a busy time the last few months. But the new year has brought many new blessings. A new coastal houseboat was delivered to the east coast of Florida. The new owners were so excited to get their new coastal Sunstar houseboat. We will post the pictures later this week. Getting a new boat is always a good thing. Check back later this week for another repair story. We will try to post more often. Hope everyone has smooth sailing and many boating adventures in 2012.
Well, the weekend started out ok. It was a cool weekend on the houseboat in Chattanooga, but of course it was warm inside. And being on the water is always great. Well, until your toilet stops working.
It is not a good day when you are having to unbolt the toilet to access the macerator to try to fix the problem. Being long time boaters, we know the drill about what can and CANNOT go into the toilet. Unfortunately, sometimes, things just happen.
While not an enjoyable task, sometimes it is a must. It just takes some time and a strong stomach to work through the problem. While it did put a damper on the weekend, it was not the end of the world. Just another day of boating. Hope your latest boating adventure was better. See you on the water.