Saturday, February 02, 2019

Bilge painting!

So while we are in the marina and the temperatures are so low at minus six, its time to get some of those jobs done that you keep leaving.
On Derwent6 we always keep the bilge clean. This is the bit at the back of the boat which collects the water from the stern gland where the propeller shaft goes through the hull. The block is where Del's tool box sits..
This had gone very rusty and was worse around the welds so a clean and inspection was required. You can see this around the starter battery.
After taking off the surface rust it was clear to see that it was just paint peeling from before.. So with a good clean up back to metal and then some hammerite paint, Derwent6 was shipshape again..

We did some other jobs as well. We had a window which was leaking water when it rained and Del run some sealer round the joints where he found a hair line crack.. He had some special Capt. Tolley's sealer for this.

So keeping warm was the order of the day as we can hear the ice cracking as we move around the boat.


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Well done, you two! David has promised/threatened over the last 2 summers to paint the bilge. but not managed to get it done so far. So I will show him your blog as inspiration and encouragement!

We have just come though a heatwave here in NZ, so it's a bit hard to imagine the cold that you are all going through!

Cheers, Marilyn (nb Waka Huia)

Del and Al said...

Hi Marilyn, yep its one of those jobs that you put off but are glad when its done! Hope you continue to have good weather, and then when you come over here, bring it with you!!