The truth is that all boats rot. Alloy boats corrode. Steel boats rust. Plastic boats get ossmosis. And wood boats rot. I have had one of each kind of boat and that is the truth. Even we get old! So it is good to know where to look and to keep ahead of it so all the little rotty places can be discovered and fixed before they get out of hand. Since we just had Peace out of the water with masts out, perhaps this is a good time to tell folks where to look on Tiki 46s. For the most part, Peace has done very well considering she is the prototype and all the later designs have had corrections for places where we had trouble. Saying that, we fixed our own troubles and that is mainly how the plans got corrected! Any way, here is the list:
The main mast had a little tiny place that was soft near the bottom aft and Nev dug it all out and put a small wood sliver in and bedded it with epoxy and I glassed it over. To prevent any further trouble with that, we sanded the entire bottom of the mast right back to clean wood and put three layeers of fiberglass there. We also put large epoxy fillets on each side of the little tongue that sticks out forward so now it looks bombproof.
There are scuff marks from the lifting strops the crane used so the crossbeams will need to be sanded back in those areas and repainted. These are quite large scuffs and I wonder if anybody else has any suggestions as to how to prevent them. We have the paint cans out now because of having just painted topsides so it is no problem. Just time.
Having just painted bottoms (five gallons of antifoul is enough) and topsides, we have inspected the boat completely at brush length and see she has no problems at all. None. that is reassuring indeed. I tapped everywhere listening to the sounds and it all sounded fine.
There was a tiny soft place in the oak mast step and Nev dug it out and replaced it with epoxy and we sanded and painted again. Scuffs on the mast case were sanded, epoxed, and painted.
It is amazing to me that the rudder lashings have not needed to be changed in over 30,000 miles of use and the halyards look good too. The little holes where the ropes go thru at the bows and in the rudders look good. No wear anywhere except on some of the strops we use to hold blocks in position which were short ropes and so cost very little to replace. I guess the Wharram boats can be a lot stronger than I had expected. If anybody has other places to look, I would be glad to know of them. I like to catch things early and get in control.
Ann and Nev