In my previous posting, I outlined my intent to re-do the deck on my Point Bennett S&G boat. Well, today, I decided I was going to rip the deck off. I'd been playing around with some profile shapes over the past few weeks but I figured now it was time to actually do something about it. So I spent an hour this afternoon (Sunday) chopping up a boat that I so lovingly built only a year and a half ago!! How things change!!!
A note of caution. Some with weak constitutions (or the inability to comprehend such mutilation of their boats) may find some of the following pictures a bit disturbing!! I, by the way, have no fear doing major modifications to my boats. I figure that if I put the deck on there in the first place, I can damn well rip it off and replace it with another. 'Nuff said. Let's get the gory details of the surgery!!
|Prepped to go under the knife.|
For now I am simply removing the deck so I chose to cut right along the sheer line.
|The first cut!!|
|No turning back now!!|
|Finishing off the first side!!|
I need to separate the deck from the internal bulkheads and because I was not re-using the deck, I simply made cuts in the appropriate places to expose the bulkheads for easy cutting with the saw.
|The El Camino Kayak!!|
The plywood rings holding the hatch coamings were epoxied to the sides of the hull and required some extra cutting to remove them
|Fwd hatch coaming holding on!!|
|A shot of the carnage!!!|
With the deck completely removed I was transported back in time to February 25 2011 when I was at this very stage when initially building the boat.
|Deck finally off and the hull ready for "height reduction"!!|
The next step is to mark and cut the new sheer line. I already have the new sheer marked but I need to do some close scrutiny to make sure it's what I want. After that, it's back to the attic for the boat and the rebuilding of the new deck, coaming and installation of a skeg.
Thanks for dropping by and my apologies for the disturbing content,