The Beetle Cat's leaky centerboard case has been removed and she has been flipped. The source of the centerboard case leak has likely been determined. The case was fastened to the keel with large copper nails hammered in from below. Providing waterproofing between the case and the keel was a gasket made of canvas, probably saturated with bedding, which dried out over the decades. The working of the case against the nails probably loosened the structure also. The case will be rebuilt and fastened in a more secure manner.
Once the hull was flipped, caulking could be removed, exposing seams that were much to wide.
|Removing the old caulk.|
|We will need to fix these seams!|
|Routing is complete|
|New oak strips glued in place.|
|The transom with plastic veneer removed but cement very much in place.|
|The transom has been restained and varnished.|
|The starboard side deck and coaming shine in the afternoon sunlight|