A177 Quinteffence has been laid up on her trailer for the last 8 years as life has not allowed time to spend sailing (and maintaining her). She has been stored under a canvas shelter and stayed relatively dry.
This spring I have begun checking around and finding what needs doing before the next outing, hopefully this season!
The galvanised metal strip running down the stem showed signs of rusting and coming loose. On investigation the securing crews were not holding fast and the strip was able to be removed by gentle leverage from a flat screwdriver.
The capping strip around the curve at the bottom of the stem was very soft and insubstantial and again the screws were not secure and the soft wood was removed with a screwdriver. I am not sure what type of wood this was – it seems to be very light coloured and soft- I guess spruce or Ash but advice would be welcome. I am considering laminating a new piece using either Agba or Sapelle veneers.
Beneath this rotten section of capping there is also rot into the mahogany Keel, mostly around the screw holes. I had to remove the screws like rotten teeth- with some grips, as there was no chance of unscrewing them. I have been chiselling out the rotten wood, hoping to be able to insert a new piece of sappelle and epoxy it in place. This is tricky as Im trying not to damage the Agba veneer either side which is in reasonable condition. Its difficult to determine how far to go -so far I have removed a section about 8 inches long and 2 1/2 inch deep, and am reaching wood that is still brown and showing some signs of a grain!
Im not very experienced in vintage woodwork, and would welcome any advice on type of wood and procedure here,
I will post more (better) pictures as I progress.