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Old 05-13-2019, 07:51 PM   #2
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City: Gig Harbor
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sandpiper
Vessel Model: Bluewater 40 Pilothouse Trawler
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 734
At the rear two corners of the Portugese Bridge (PB) are curved returns that tie the side of the PB to the sides of the salon cabin sides. These were shaped out of solid mahagony and glued and screwed to the cabin sides. Water had creeped into the curved wood, saturating them and rotting it in places.

After the paint was stripped off, the curved returns were placed in a airtight container with a dehumidifier to dry them. Took about 4 weeks to dry completely. They were power wire brushed to remove the rot and soaked in Smith Penetrating Epoxy for a week. Air dried for one week. The rough edges from wire brushing the curved returns were planed flat and mahogany pieces were shaped and glued to the ends and sidesreplacing the removed wood. Thought about making new curved returns but they had a decreasing radius from bottom to top.

The plywood on the cabin sides where the curved returns attached were also rotted. Fortunately, the plywood was only rotted in a small area and about 3/8" deep. Routed 3/8" deep to remove rotted wood off the surface and glued in a trimmed piece avoiding the refinishing of the inside surface.

Reattached the curved returns to the cabin sides with epoxy adhesive. Coated everything with WEST Epoxy.
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