#589 - Exterior
New corner block and lid You can see the new Tempress lid replacing the original ice box lid. I fit in the optional 8-inch deep bin too, turning the opening into a watertight cockpit locker for sunglasses, bino's, hand-helds, etc.The ice box was removed by a p.o. You can see that I had to build up the base a bit to accept the Tempress.
New coaming replaced with 3/4 marine plywood cut and shaped using originals as templates. New coamings were fine sanded, wiped thoroughly with lacquer thinnner and coated with West System basic mix in 6 full coats (scrubbed with clear water and lightly sanded between coats). Three coats of Pratt & Lambert 2 Part Industrial Epoxy Paint (PAL-GARD) were used to finish them up...The first coat was applied at home and the two finals after install so the new thru-bolt heads and washers could be painted in too.
I was able to resurrect the coaming's forward corner blocks despite the fact they had dried out and had split along some of the grain. They had been painted too, over and over. Their backsides had suffered some rot associated with the mounting screws. After removing the paint and the backside rot I filled all surface imperfections and the backside cavities with thickened epoxy. Then they received 6 coats overall of basic mix West System. I then top coated them with 3 coats of SIKKENS (teak colored) varnish. The new coamings and the corner blocks are thru-bolted together (2 bolts each side, port and stbd) through the cabin side. The blocks were originally wood screwed from the inside with the coamings wood screwed to the blocks.
Security and aft cabin vent The clam shell (stbd) covers a 4-inch PVC fitting that acts as a vent pipe. I fashioned balsa (multi-coated with West System base mix) as a stand-off base under the shell to gain more room below it allowing me to get the vent pipe way up under the cover. It really enhances the other passive venting I've installed. Through 3 different hurricanes not a drop of water has surged into this vent. It can be capped from the inside.
Those are 1/4-inch Type 316 bars at the hatch...bolted to a matching pair on the inside with a double nut for security. It'll take a lot of work and racket to get into 589 without a key.