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Unbuilding:  Interior Demolition

The entire interior will be removed down to the bare hull.  Whatever can be saved for another use will be, but there is limited material worth saving.

Interior Demolition  
Engine Removal
Parts Removal
Projects Menu Deck Removal  

Update 1:  7 January 2003  |  Update 2:  28 April 2003  |  Update 3:  25 May 2003  |  Update 4:  3 June 2003

7 January 2003

Interior demolition began on a whim on a sunny winter's day.  I went up on the boat to check whether or not I could easily remove the salon backrests for a friend, and ended up grabbing some tools and beginning the demolition of the interior that very afternoon.  In about an hour, or perhaps an hour and a half, I removed the galley module, much of the icebox, all the teak trim pieces in the salon, and most of the wiring in the salon and engine room.

With several feet of snow piled up outside, and nowhere to store the junk, I threw it all up into the vee berth for the time being.  Later, I'll throw it all outside to the ground and sort through for any usable stuff.  Most of it will end up in the weekly trash pile, though.

There's much more to come, demo-wise, but this was a fun start.  

stupidplaque-o.jpg (26115 bytes) I was devastated to have to rip out this clever plaque from the salon.  NOT! galleyremoved-o.jpg (76337 bytes)

After removing some of the teak trim and fiddles from the settees and the shelf, I removed the galley.  It came out quite easily with some persuasion.

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Here is the galley module after removal--still in one usable piece.  The sink cover rear hatch cover are still on board, but are somewhere in the junk pile in the vee berth.

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I was even able to rip out (by hand) the partial bulkhead at the forward end of the galley.  And people wonder why you shouldn't use polyester resin for secondary bonds...

iceboxfrontoff-o.jpg (72800 bytes) Next, I started on the icebox.  The countertop was already loose and lifted right off the front panel came off easily with a pry bar.  I'm making no attempts to save any of the icebox junk. styrofoam-o.jpg (81554 bytes) More delicate work with the wrecking bar removed the side panel, revealing the open-cell Styrofoam insulation inside the icebox.  This stuff is worthless.
partialiceboxdismantle-o.jpg (73894 bytes) I ripped and tore at the icebox, pulling off piece after rotted piece.  As was the case in #381 Glissando, the icebox proved to be rather difficult to remove, and since I didn't have electricity run to #100 at this time, I stopped for now. salonaft-o.jpg (81446 bytes) I also cut and removed most of the wiring and other stuff from the engine room.  Once the icebox is out, I can remove the exhaust system, disconnect the fuel system and gear/throttle linkages, and unbolt the engine for removal.
junkinv2-o.jpg (77647 bytes) I created quite a pile of junk up in the vee berth.  It's as good a collection area as anything, but eventually I'll get this stuff off the boat.

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I also removed the ancient cockpit coamings.  They came off easily once I removed the screws holding the blocks to the cabin trunk and a couple token screws, but fell apart when I took them off--total junk, though I'll save them for scrap wood if I find any parts that aren't full of dry rot.

Sometime later, I returned and ripped out the rest of the icebox with more physical persuasion.  I forget when I did this.

28 April 2003

The sun was out, it was warm--what a pleasure after a really lousy week before.  I started the day doing some varnish work on #381 Glissando, and, with that done, needed something else to do, so I decided to collect all the junk from inside the daysailor and throw it down onto the ground, clearing the way for further demolition.

At first, I just folded back the aft part of the cover, figuring I'd leave it on.  It was hot out, and very stuffy inside the boat without any ventilation.  I got to thinking about it, and decided that it was stupid to kill myself inside a blue hothouse, with no compelling reason to actually leave the covers on. What, exactly, am I trying to protect?  The whole deck and interior will be removed, so if any of the wood gets wet--who cares?  So I decided to remove both tarps.  It was nice to expose the boat again...well, sort of.  I can't wait to move it from where it sits--it's way too prominent from the house, and was never intended to stay where it is for very long.  When Glissando goes in the water soon, I may just move the Daysailor to that spot for now.

Pictures tell the demolition story better than I could, so here we go:

junkincockpit-o.jpg (73618 bytes) All the large pieces made a pretty impressive pile in the cockpit. electronics42803-o.jpg (83835 bytes) Here are the "electronics" from the boat--an assortment of old wire and lousy speakers and junk.
morejunk-o.jpg (63169 bytes) Here is a final round of junk from the interior--pieces of Styrofoam, hoses, and the lovely toilet. junkpile-o.jpg (93010 bytes) The pile looked equally impressive once it was down on the ground next to the boat.
junksorted-o.jpg (118965 bytes) Later, I sorted the pile to make it easier to throw away--large pieces, smaller pieces, foam, wire, etc.  I stuffed the small stuff in trash bags and piled the rest at the curb.  I love my trash guys.  They take everything. thesavepile-o.jpg (99227 bytes) This is the pitifully small "save" pile---teak fiddles and trim, mostly, with a few other pieces.
bouegunk1-o.jpg (104833 bytes) With things cleared out, I started removing the settees in the salon.  Behind each vertical settee panel, I found this big gob of blue gunk holding the vertical panels in place.  The gunk was about opposite the forward end of the engine room.  It looks like the builders set the plywood into this gunk, let it cure, and then applied the tabbing that actually held the pieces in place.  Interesting approach! bluegunk-o.jpg (46698 bytes) Here is a close-up of one of the blue gunk pieces.  You might be able to see the flat impressions where the plywood sat.  These things broke free from the hull with a good hammer whack.
portsremoved-o.jpg (46395 bytes) I removed the bronze port frames from the salon.  The small ones had already been removed by the previous owner; the large frames belong to him as well.  They're in great shape and only need a little cleaning up. cutlipoff.JPG (182330 bytes) With no wooden trim and no ladder, I was already sick to death of clambering over the annoying 1/4" thick, 4" high lip remaining at the companionway, so I cut it off.  Much better!
ouch-o.jpg (42395 bytes) I wonder how many people skinned their shins on this ridiculous thing, poking up through the cockpit.  I have no idea what it was for, but it makes me hurt just looking at it. portsetteeaftcutout-o.jpg (62797 bytes) Armed with a Sawz-all and a pitifully small collection of blades (why am I always out every time I need to use the saw?), I removed parts of the settees, port and starboard.  The blades I had didn't much like cutting through the thick fiberglass tabbing at the hull end of the settees, so I stayed inside that line, removing the bulk of the material.  Later, I'll cut off the remaining sections.
portsetteefwdcutout-o.jpg (57808 bytes) Port settee looking forward.  I can feel the boat opening up inside! stbsetteecutout.JPG (167191 bytes) Starboard settee looking aft, towards where the galley was.  I also sawed off the short fiberglass stumps where the hoses attached for the galley sink drain.  All through hulls will be removed and sealed, with new ones to be installed wherever they need to be later (much later) in the building process.
stbsetteefwdcutout-o.jpg (62583 bytes) Starboard settee looking forward salonfwd42803-o.jpg (54082 bytes) Salon looking forward from the companionway after removing both settees, or the greater part thereof.
sidedeck42803-o.jpg (64305 bytes) Does anyone really wonder why this is the perfect candidate boat for this destructive project?  These decks are a horror show. IM006475.JPG (164598 bytes) Cleaned out, ports removed, and free of blue tarps.  I decided it didn't matter a hoot if water got inside; it's all coming out anyway.  There is a drain hole in the bilge, so water won't build up inside (at least not until the disgustingness of the bilge plugs the small hole...I'll take care of that.)



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