Yay!, it looks like the Forum's back on line...I wonder what the issue was? But anyways, here goes:
As some of you may recall, late last winter I acquired a "foundling" later-style '93 Com-Pac 16-3 for the princely sum of $1, which had been sadly mouldering away neglected by all but the weeds and creeping vines for perhaps a decade in the same boat storage lot as my other boat, a hybrid "power-sailor" Macgregor 26X
. The story of how I came by her is found here
What with her companionway hatch cover having been missing for who knows how long, and so wide open to the elements, her cabin had been pretty well flooded...probably several times. When I got a hold of her, the water was up to the cushions. The result was the ultra-funky interior shown below, just after she had been pumped out with that jury-rigged electric bilge pump also shown:
Following a months-long regimen most weekends and many weekday evenings on the way home from work of electric fanning and me bobbing into the cabin with a big sponge like one of those wacky drinking dippy birds
, she was finally dry enough to do something about her.
Luckily, once dry, it turned out her main wooden structural underlay bits were all in remarkably sound shape. It was basically just the 1/4 inch or so thick teak-veneered plywoody finishing overlay that had really suffered the brunt of the flooding.
Once those rotted overlay bits and that big teaky plywood bulkhead thing forward had been removed for refinishing, and the base and berth bunks and bow area cleaned up and sanded a bit, I slapped on a couple of coats of some medium-grey Aqua-Guard Aqua-Gloss Marine Enamel
that I just happened to spot a quart of a while back for just $5 as a markdown at Lowes or Home Depot or somewhere. Surprisingly, it was a near spot-on match for the original factory color--in case anyone's looking to freshen up their own berths. It's water-based, so easy on the "vapors" in an enclosed area (the very definition of a Com-Pac 16's berth, right?) and a snap to clean up, but its seems pretty damned tough all the same. Really good stuff!
One of my regular weekend pitstops on my way to the boatyard, cheap pathetic geezeball that I am, is to grab the dollar breakfast at the huge Ikea here in Woodbridge, and then scurry own down straight to their big markdowns room. If you're looking for a hundred scented tealight candles for a buck to help keep your "Compy" smelling sweet and "Admiral-approved," that's where you'll find 'em. Personally, I favor the orange ones. I've found they also frequently have lots of other nautically-useful stuff, especially stainless steel doodads, there at fire sale prices. Hell, my Macgregor's galley is ALL
Ikea stuff. Ahhh...sweet modular stainless Nordic doodads for next to nothing... You'll also find racks and racks of various types of finished wood bits. Sure, most of it is just variations on that plastic laminate covered fiberboard crap that's only slightly firmer than cardboard and has no place anywhere
near the water, but now and then there's something good. Several months ago there was a whole rack full of lovely 20"x36"x1/4" planks of some sort of solid Scandinavian Spruce with nicely routed edging for just 99¢ a pop. I bought them all...maybe a dozen or so. That's what I used for the Com-Pac, having sanded and stained them just a wee bit and then finished them with a few coats of Ace Hardware's tested and highly-regarded yet inexpensive
house brand of Gloss Spar Varnish
. Truth is, I just love the "old school" way it smells compared to urethanes and two-part potions and whatnot...Reminds me of my time as a "Riggers Apprentice" aboard the Balclutha
back in the late '70s, aboard which pine tar was considered a "hair care product."
So anyhow, here's the "After" picture you've been patiently waiting for, though it's admittedly just a bit of a slapdash over-the-shoulder shot on my way out to gallop homeward to dinner:
It's a shame one cannot really make out the rather pleasant way those routed edges of the lighter spruce planks meet up in the above shot, and I still need to varnish up that handpost/mast support and woodplug that crossbeam edge's mounting screw holes, but you get the general idea. Sure, it ain't a Hans Christian's über-opulent interior
, but I rather like that two-tone look and think it brightens things up a notch. And I've still got more than enough of those spruce planks left to bang together some useful cubbies, a little shelving or whatever else later on, once I get a better handle on what could be useful for a "charming wee overnighter."
P.S. Today I pulled off that little rectangular center piece nearest the blue carpeted floor just to darken it up to match the post, the bulkhead thing and that overlay strip at center.