Padding the pulpit

I’ve stripped out the interior of Tammy Norie in order to remove all the rotting headlining.  I’ll write a proper post about the redecoration later, but here’s a preview of the mess!

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I was painting during some heavy rain and noticed a leak where the forward light wire comes in to the cabin from the starboard aft pulpit foot.  It’s a leak that would’ve been pretty well hidden by the headlining, forward shelving, etc. and so it’s a good thing I’d taken all that out.

So, time to re-seal the pulpit. Off it comes!

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Way back here in my video “First tour of Tammy Norie” I said that I didn’t like the way the stainless-steel feet of the pulpit, pushpit, and stanchions were bolted straight onto the gelcoat of the deck, and there was evidence of cracking. I did a prototype fix of this to one leaky stanchion back in Wells using plywood. That’s not looking too great now, though it isn’t leaking.

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So I decided to try a different material suggested by Dad — lino!  He had a bit of offcut cushion flooring from our old kitchen. It’s waterproof, resilient, and slightly squishy. I cut pads for the pulpit feet.

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And then bolted the whole thing back in place with a bit of Sikaflex around the bolt holes and the wire from the forward light.  It looks very neat!

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We’ll see how well it stands up to a season of seawater and sunlight.

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8 responses to “Padding the pulpit

  1. Ed

    I’ve recently taken out the lining of my coromandel. What a pain. Repainted with waterbased radiator paint. The roof seems to be a sandwhich of glass wood glass. Some of the bolts go through this and where the ply becomes soft it makes the bolts loose and water gets into the wood. I took the advice from marinesurvey.com/yacht/DeckLeaks.htm. I could provide some photos. Cheers.

  2. I picked up some offcuts of that fake teak deck stuff from the boatyard a year or so ago – I suspect very similar to lino – tough, about 5mm thick, but being plastic impervious to rot.. I use it (at the moment) in the outboard well on the front of the backing plate… tough as old boots…

    • Ah yes I bet that fake teak is quite similar to kitchen floor lino. Always worth checking in skips at marinas and boatyards for bits and bobs like that.

  3. Antoine Maartens

    very curious about the redecoration. Took out the interior lining of Siskin – living hell if you ask me. Wonder what road you took to get rid of the remaining glue.

  4. Antoine Maartens

    Interior is now completely stripped and painted. Working on the mast this weekend, hoping to get the sail up sometime next week.

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