Boat repairs are often merely attempts. We've learned that everything takes 42 hours longer than expected, and we're learning that the sun and water means that some repairs are simply reminders that you are dumb and weak and know nothing, Jon Snow.
We decided to pull out our grated cockpit flooring to clean it and the fiberglass underneath. It came out in about 30 pieces instead of three. But we're optimists and like projects! So we carefully collected all the baby pieces with their respective parents in garbage bags and took them home for a fix.
After cleaning the cockpit floor, in work clothes of course, we took on the teak. Mack bought some Quicki II, which is apparently okay for the environment and came with a magic brush.
We hosed off the teak, applied part I, gave it a scrub, let it set for a few minutes, then repeated with part II. Mack had thought about possibly varnishing it, which looked nice on a little sample piece, but after doing a little more reading he found that the varnish makes the teak slippery, which is a sin.
We got it all cleaned up, removing old glue and putting the puzzle back together, and Mack glued it back together with Gorilla Glue. Yeah. Don't do that. Teak is an oily wood, which is a special consideration in everything, but Gorilla Glue is worthless in sun and watery places. I think the fix lasted a week.
After gluing it together, we put on some teak oil and wow! It looked fantastic. (Kettle bells and heavy rocks are excellent for clamping wood pieces together. Very professional)
Attempt 2 will use some kind of epoxy or something to bind the pieces. Attempt 3 will be a new, rebuilt floor. Because this one on s/v Elegant Sea is so beautiful and I covet it.
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