‘Wookie’ – Flicka 20 Restoration
Stage 2: Lifting The Veils Behind The Sails
THE DEEPER INSPECTION
There was no longer a head in the boat instead what was left was some liquid sloshing around in the holding tank, an old waste hose from the holding tank to a deck fitting, the old vent hose and as stated the seacocks. The boat yard staff did locate a smelly leaky porta potty which they gingerly carried into the dumpster as they marched by me chuckling at the look of disgust on my face. Days later they were still laughing at my facial expression..
As I delved deeper into my inspection of the Flicka 20 it revealed the following:
BROKEN BILGE HOSES
- Automatic bilge hose had come off its old plastic through-hull, which as previously mentioned was broken. Furthermore, the bilge hose was so short it did not loop and water actually seeped into the boat from this during the sea trial.
At the boat yard new bilge pump bronze through-hulls were installed with new hoses attached and all double clamped.
WATER TANK DAMAGE
- The water tank vent hose fitting had broken and had been re-attached using silicon. This amazing patch job had obviously come apart resulting in water exiting the tank and into the bilge.
- The wooden lids for both the head and water tanks were delaminating.
- Old electronic equipment – some of which did not operate.
- A cracked compass.
- Two screw holes below the manual bilge pump area in the cockpit that were not sealed allowing water into the lazarette locker.
- A plastic through-hull above the waterline in the stern that had no hose attached to it – basically an entrance for water and the many mud daubers (wasps).
A CITY OF MUD WASPS NESTS
- Mud dauber (wasp) nests found behind the navigation equipment, the electrical panels, the bilge, forward in the sail lockers and in the stern behind the quarter berth. Some as large as a regular coke bottle. Per Wikipedia “Mud dauber refers to the nests that are made by the female wasps, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp’s mandibles. Mud daubers are not normally aggressive, but can become belligerent when threatened. Stings are uncommon. Adults of both sexes stock their nests with spiders, which serve as food for their offspring. Like connoisseurs, they prefer particular kinds and sizes of spiders.. Instead of stocking a nest cell with one or two large spiders, mud daubers cram as many as two dozen small spiders into a nest cell”.
As these nests fell on me and broke open I was amazed to see cells stocked like the minutest larders with the remains of spiders.
- Wires, Wires — many, many wires —- an amazing amount of electrical wires – bundled and crammed into corners all over the boat some of which had ends that went no-where.
- Multiple electrical panels mounted in several places, unfortunately adding huge holes in the interior teak.
- 4 pairs of 110v outlets including inside the sail locker/anchor well.
- Several interior lights with some not working and with various sized light bulbs.
- The starboard v-berth shelving was loose and in need of repair.
- Wooden side panels in the quarter berth and hanging locker that were delaminating due to water leaks.
- The top companion-way step had delaminated and was not safe to stand on (had carpenter make a new one right away).
BAGS OF ENDLESS WIRES NEW COMPANION-WAY STEP
- Rust showing in many of the under-deck fittings associated with the traveler and stanchion bases.
- The plastic scupper drain hose fittings below decks all had a single clamp.
At the boat yard the below deck scuppers were changed to bronze with new hoses installed and all double clamped.