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Pearly Miss No4

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Am a sucker for these boats... No4 for arrived restoration last weekend, before the storm. Will do it side by side with No3. Spent a few hours today paint stripping the last vestiges of external paint around the rivets. The fine pattern Trackmark had perished, as per normal and the foredeck is corroded. The dash covering is still intact and the boat had the remnants of it's original 50s style Attwood steering wheel. Hull is OK, some gouges, superficial dents, scratches, a large hole where they normally get one and 5 rivets missing their heads...

This boat differs from No3:-
- it has no structural beams between fore and aft seats,
- the front seat base is further forward,
- the kick panel is smaller,
- front seat has differing bracing where it joins the sides, not sure whether I can pull my stunt of filling the seats with noodles..
- cubby is fibreglass moulded, not ali with a ali frame,
- the bouyancy box under the splashwell is completely sealed,
- differing size rivets are used, with an extra row under each seat base,
- the bow handle moulding is a different design from all others I've owned,
- it's fitted with factory ski eyes,
- transom handles are a different design, riveted to the boat and wider spread (either side of the transom wood) that it's more difficult to lift...
- remote controller bracket is smaller,
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Not the most conducive weather to work outside today...
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Renovating Pearly Miss is hard graft. It's easy to get the DA out and take too much off, leaving great swirl marks that require hours of detail sanding to remove. I start with the paint stripping (Power Strip) and use loads of cheap but resilient brass brushes to work the soft paint off around the rivet heads and bases - with palette knives and dental picks useful tools. It depends what previous owners have painted with, but sometimes it's lead based paint and this does no favours to the aluminium. This one had been mostly stripped, but the external stripe had been well done with proper zinc chromate primer as it's base, meaning little circles of paint needed to be removed from the edges of the mushroom heads.

Days pass by with this mundane activity; followed by sanding with foam sanding blocks that remove dirt and oxidation and easily slide over the external rivets. I prefer this method and only use the Fein multitool sander if areas are stubburn. Sometimes the boats show tiny trails radiating from the inner rivets, similar to snail trails maybe someone can enlighten me...I will ask Mr Harris at some stage in case is a galvanic corrosion issue. I tried some acidic ali trailer cleaner with poor results, but there are a number of excellent US made products that work well and cost little...the same brand here is loaded with carriage cost, VAT, import duties and Post Office 'handling' fees.

The transom has been removed, as has the trackmark, the remains of the late 50s Attwood monkey metal steering system and various screws and deck hardware and as usual required the entire tool chest to hand. These boats have a bow handle that doesn't entirely close off the bow from water, so someone had stuffed a cotton cloth under the handle moulding to stop the spray. In this case it looked remarkably like used underwear and not frilly either..

Gradually the colour is returning - regular jet washing has dislodged the years and years of sand, small stones and dust hidden under the ribs and seats. The 50s polystyrene has been chucked again - useless stuff, esp. with ethanol based fuels in contact. This boat had little under the seats and a different retaining system to the other 3 I've done. Noodles are expensive; it being winter, so the job lot of 24 (150 X 6 cm) I got last time is double the cost and comes in green and black..
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Endless sand; typical, even the Lone Star produced tons of the stuff..
Endless sand; typical, even the Lone Star produced tons of the stuff..
Muck trapped under the seats
Muck trapped under the seats
Muck trapped under the seats
Muck trapped under the seats
Off to the tip..Petrol melted the smaller section.
Off to the tip..Petrol melted the smaller section.
Polystyrene bouyancy under the seats.
Polystyrene bouyancy under the seats.
Removal of one side of the seats.
Removal of one side of the seats.
Dashboard under the Trackmark.
Dashboard under the Trackmark.
Inspection hatches roughly cut and fastened with mild steel self tapping screws.
Inspection hatches roughly cut and fastened with mild steel self tapping screws.
Removal of deck hardware.
Removal of deck hardware.
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Transom and handle:-
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Prepared the hull to take the bouyancy noodles and then started work on filling and fairing the foredeck for paint.
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Cleaned, keyed and primed.
Cleaned, keyed and primed.
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Work started on the foredeck.
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1st coat of primer on today. A few drips from a badly designed nozzle will be fixed tomorrow.
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Seats are a mess - bent, drilled to bits and metal screws have corroded the ali.
Seats are a mess - bent, drilled to bits and metal screws have corroded the ali.
Ready for primer - close up.
Ready for primer - close up.
Ready for primer.
Ready for primer.
1st coat of primer.
1st coat of primer.
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Primer and paint today. Light enough to flip the boat manually.
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