Day Two of the Santosha Destruction/Construction Weekend

After a night of celebrating our success, the realization that we had to put all this back together set in. So after copious quantities of Advil we set to it.

The first job was to glass and epoxy the base of the post into the slot and to the keel to prevent any future moisture issues.

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One Step Forward Two Steps Back

Every year I like to clean the cabin sole and give it a good coat of teak oil. This year I was down on my knees oiling and I noticed the floor looked a little soft…ROT!

Allied Seawinds’ have always had an issue with rot in the mast compression  post but once it’s fixed, its fixed forever. This time though the water seems to have entered around a leaky shower pan and from a couple of deck leaks around the port shrouds.IMG_3216IMG_3264

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Propane…

I bought a new Propane Tank last year as the old one was very rusty, took a while to find one due to the fact that Allied Seawinds do not take the standard size tank, just a small 1.5lb one.

The problem is that the way the stern curves up so prettily doesn’t leave enough depth for a full size tank.

The owners group has a ton of posts on where to place a full size tank, but not crossing oceans any time soon I am fine with the mini tank, after all it just fuels the stove and lasts a season.

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Anyway I noticed this week that the new one was showing some surface rust and needed some protection.

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First job was to sand the base bright, I just used some 220 grit sandpaper that I had laying around.

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Deck Cleaning

Last spring when we had the boat out of the water we decided that it would be worthwhile to buff and polish the hull. It was probably the first time that it had been done in 20 or so years.

 We were not expecting much cosmetic change but we needed to arrest the typical UV damage to the chalky old hull, especially as she had spent a year or two in the Bahamas before she came to us.

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So with a cheap Black and Decker Buffer in one hand and some very expensive 3M Polishing Compound in the other I went at the Hull, finishing with a coat of Fiberglass Polish and then some Fleetwax.

As mentioned before the intention was really just to clean her up a little, but frankly the results were astounding!

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So last weekend I decided to start on the topsides.

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Windows….

Santosha has had issues with the fixed ports leaking, especially over the galley. I looked into getting replacements but as always on an old boat you are looking to have something made custom. My preference would be for opening ports as it gets pretty hot here during the summer, fans only do but so much, and AC on a vessel the size of ours is out of the question.

In addition to the leaks the old black sealant had started to look very messy around the aluminum frame.

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