The next obvious step was the removal of the deteriorated canvas decking. This process entailed the disassembly of the oak cockpit coaming as well as the removal of the oak rubrails in order to expose the staples holding the canvas in place. The goal was to remove all the woodwork without damaging it, so that it could be reused. For the most part, this was possible,the only exception being the aft coaming which had cracked at some point and was repaired by gluing and screwing a teak board to its inner surface. The screws came out but the adhesive, not so much. This piece will need to be replaced.
|Aft coaming had been repaired with the addition of a teak board.|
|Wedges are used to make room for the Sawzall to cut recalcitrant screws.|
|Out comes the portside coaming.|
|The rubrail comes off. Previously removed coaming rests on the deck.|
|The big reveal -- not too shabby!|
|Aft deck shows the swiss cheese pattern of many traveler removals/reinstallations.|