‘Wookie’ – The Flicka 20 Restoration
Hullo Hull Repairs @ The Boatyard – Stage One
Elite Marine Services, St. Petersburg, Florida February 2016
Once in the boat yard I had an opportunity to take a really close look at the boat. Amazingly the hull below the waterline looked in great shape even though it had been four years since its last bottom job. To me this was testament to the quality of workmanship of the boat yard used by the old owner, which was now the one I was using. Elite Marine Services had sanded, prepped and allowed the paint to dry thoroughly before launching. They had also painted the hull and fortunately still had the same paint available to patch up several scratches for me. .
However, what hit home was the number of thru hull fittings that were attributed to equipment not being used: two transducers for depth, a speed knot meter, an intake and outlet for the head and several screw holes attributed to the head seacocks. Interestingly the intake and outlet for the head were right next to each other.
WHAT WAS THERE
In addition, all of the above waterline thru-holes were plastic the majority of which were dry and in some cases cracked or broken. This was the case with the fitting for the automatic bilge pump (water pumped out by the bilge ended up in the lazarette due to the broken thru-hull, which drained back into the bilge).
The bob-stay clevis pin at the bow had been replaced by a shackle.
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