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We had a brief spell in April with good weather. And by good, I mean a day here and there it didn’t rain, and hovered around 10 degrees. We desperately wanted to paint the Lady.

We’re currently a fierce competitor for “Ugliest Boat” at the wharf; with the title-holder an actual working boat (so, technically, they’re off the hook with functionality being more important than appearance… no pun intended)

We received our boat with the wheelhouse literally chainsawed off — at the deck, leaving the deckplates still attached to the deck. She looked like a tarped barge. The pressure washer at the ways took off significantly more amounts of paint, AND Damon did some more cement patchwork along the gunwales. She did, and does, look horrendous. To add insult to injury, we quite literally found a wheelhouse to put on top. It was in a townsman’s yard. Being used as a shed. They swore she was solid – from a fishboat built in the 40’s. Skookum, they said.

So we loaded’ er up and brought her down to the wharf parking lot:

where she sat while Damon prepped the area where we would set it on.   Kinda looks like a lonesome little travel trailer…. I was actually a little concerned if we left it there long enough one day we’d startle someone that had moved into it.

Meanwhile, back at the slip… …We needed to get the “upper deck” sealed up as we were getting water in where the deck and the wall meet.   We’ve invested in a significant amount of caulking and Sikaflex.  Also paint.  Time just did not allow for us to tear off the old wood, so we painted, and caulked.  And since we just were not patient enough, we’ll have to paint again.

There was a lot of epoxy-ing done to seal up seams on the top, which had decayed some while it was tarped.

Ready for a wheelhouse!

Since the boat is still not under power it was cleverly pulled/directed around to the end of the  wharf where a permanent crane sits to empty fish boat freight.  This is what was used to lower the wheelhouse onto the Someday Lady

Hmmm.  Interesting.

So there she sat.  There was some serious adjusting – moving forward, moving back….
When just the right spot was found, she was spieled in properly, with the help of a Shipwright friend that has decided to take Damon, and all his ambition, under his wing.  Damon began the process of moving the door, which was on the back of the wheelhouse, to the side, where we needed it to be, and put a window where the door was.

Since nothing is square on a boat, it wasn’t as simple as Damon guestimated.  Not only are the windows cut and framed on an angle, the wheelhouse angles up towards the bow.  So moving a window made for the side, to the back means that the window has to be framed in to accommodate its angle.

They were right about it being solid.   Things aren’t built like they used to be.  The “nuts and bolts” are all brass.  When spieling it in, they lowered it six inches so it didn’t sit up so high.  The cross-section revealed that it’s built out of yellow cedar.  The front is actually ONE PIECE of 1″ 9-layer plywood that was curved around.  Yep, 1″  thick.   The framework was all dovetailed to completely direct and seal out water.  The windows are double paned, and two of them slide down.  We’ll have to replace the roof, but we’re pretty happy with the history and character it adds to our boat.

(Notice the piece they cut off on the foredeck — that’s some thick ply!!)

The roof we tarped and battened down, conceding to wait until summer is ACTUALLY here to apply paint on the outside so we only have to paint once.  You’ll notice the “Sikaflex pinstriping” on the navy blue.  Despite the slopping on of marine paint, water still came in through the aged T&G.  Sikaflex-ing all the cracks should fix it until we can peel all the wood panelling off.  It was nice to have a couple sunny days…. though we should be getting more than we have.

Sometimes you have to use what you got:

Using a skill saw to chop up some battens to tarp the roof off

He prefers to do things in style……

Also, a glimpse of a colour I was painting with on the inside….. can’t show you those ones yet!!!  It’ll be worth the wait.


About madlav

We're living our dream. Nestled in the Inside Passage of British Columbia's stunning Coastal region, we've just taken possession of a beautiful (to us) 45' ferro cement hulled sailboat. Ripped from her mooring during one of our strong storms and run aground, she encountered the only large rock on the beach. Today, she floats. With a temporary patch over the gouge, and tarps over her hatches, a broken rudder, missing wheelhouse, and stripped of pride, the Someday Lady is a battered boat. Optimists and visionaries, we believe that together we can restore the Someday Lady's original splendor, and make our home in her berth. Someday Lady, THIS is our journey!!
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One Response to Top Loading

  1. ferroever says:

    Great pics and commentary. You guys are leading a wonderful life!

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