16
Jun
09

Feather Craft Vagabond Part Eight: What a mess!

Well, following the slowing down of our cottonwood tree shedding little tufts of …uh cottonwood thingies all over the inside, outside, and any other side of the Feather Craft, it is now June, and I can get back to work.

I set about using aluminum brightener to clean the 50 years of dirt from the inside area of the transom and cockpits.  Also the seats, though well built by the previous owner, seemed a bit worrisome to me.  Actually the flotation foam under the seats is what had me worried.

I removed the wooden bench seats and found what I would have expected…crumbling foam.

 

The flotation foam was not likely to pass muster with the USCG, let alone keep the boat afloat.

The flotation foam was not likely to pass muster with the USCG, let alone keep the boat afloat.

 

The seat trough where the foam resides was filthy with debris.  This will have to be cleaned, and new foam poured to fill the cavity.

The seat trough where the foam resides was filthy with debris. This will have to be cleaned, and new foam poured to fill the cavity.Here is what is left of the original foam. YUCK!

If this scene were found on the water, the Coast Guard would have a fit.  It looks like a debris feild from a sinking.

If this scene were found on the water, the Coast Guard would have a fit. It looks like a debris field from a sinking.

Can this block of floatation foam be trusted?  I think not.

Can this block of floatation foam be trusted? I think not.

After using the aluminum brightener to clean both front and rear cockpit seat troughs, they looked great and will be ready for new foam.
The rear seat is cleaned with aluminum brightener.  All the years of dirt and debris removed too.

The rear seat is cleaned with aluminum brightener. All the years of dirt and debris removed too.

The "Captains Quarter's" is cleaned and ready for refitting. Notice the newly installed vintage Airguide Speedometer, compass, and original Johnson electric start plate have been added to the dash.

The "Captains Quarter's" is cleaned and ready for refitting. Notice the newly installed vintage Airguide Speedometer, compass, and original Johnson electric start plate have been added to the dash.

A final parting shot of our little Vagabond.  Some deck hardware has been added to make me feel I am getting something done, though there is lots to do.

A final parting shot of our little Vagabond. Some deck hardware has been added to make me feel I am getting something done, though there is lots to do.

Next on the agenda is to cut flooring using marine plywood and creating new bench seats.  Electrical wiring will get done at some time in the near future, and the windshield made of 1/4″ Plexiglas is on order as well.

 

Until next time…

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1 Response to “Feather Craft Vagabond Part Eight: What a mess!”


  1. 1 phantommidge
    June 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    And it was very stinky stuff, too! Yeech.


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