Teak Cap Rail Restoration

By Eric of DE38 Windsong

A major project from the past year or so has been the restoration of the teak cap rails on Windsong. I had hoped the rail was just fine and could be left alone, but with each piece of hardware that got removed from it, the more I realized how damaged it was. On top of that, there were plenty of leaks under the cap rail where sealant had dried up and became useless. I eventually came to the conclusion that it had to come off, get restored, and re-bedded.

The first step came with removing the rails from the boat. This happened some time ago, as they needed to come off before I even started the deck restoration and painting. It wasn’t until I removed them that I had realized the extent of the damage. I had originally feared that they were unsalvagable in many spots, and I would have to replace the wood all together. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. As with any project, I took my time doing research and figured I could restore the teak and make the original rails last for much longer.

Just to forewarn, I did a pretty poor job of photo-documenting this project. I have a few, but I didn’t photo the restoration like I should. This is in part to the fact that I had my Dad help me out with the initial restoration and repairs to the major problem areas. He took the rails to his garage to work on while I concentrated on other projects. When I got them back, all of the repairs were done and I had forgotten to photo the problem areas to begin with for before and after pics.

The process for the restoration was initiated by the works of Don […]

Extra insulation over fridge

Using reflectix  and vinyl we created a cover for the top of the fridge. This is a super easy and cheap project that improves fridge efficiency significantly . Ventrally we will do the same thing behind the kitchen utensil holder on the front of the fridge. If you slide your hand between the reflectix and the top of the fridge it feels very cold. However on top of the vinyl covered reflectix it is room temperature.

This is a link to the the insulation. We have used it to make ducting for our window ac unit to vent it down through a top hatch into the salon. We are gradually insulating the cabin walls and overhead with it as we do projects that expose those areas as well as the above project.

Reflectix BP24025 24-Inch by 25-Feet Bubble Pack Insulation

we used hvac tape to secure the vinyl to it.

Shelves instead of hanging space

We replaced the hanging rod in the closet on port side in the v-berth  with three Cedar shelves. It has increased usable storage space by about a factor of four.

Custom monitor mount and securing system

Bronze eyes and bungee cord that secure vesa monitor mount in the closed position while underway. This is the monitor on forward Salon bulkhead.

Main monitor at chart table.  I fabricated a stainless monitor mount that allows monitor to be used at the chart table, from the helm or allows it to fold up into the overhead out of the way.

The mount that I fabricated is pretty simple. It just uses stainless tubeing of the correct sizes so that one tube will fit inside another to allow it to pivot horizontally and vertically as well as slide from port to starboard.

304 Stainless Steel Round Rod, Unpolished (Mill) Finish, Annealed, AMS 5639/ASTM A276/AMS QQ-S 763/ASTM A276, 0.5″ Diameter, 72″ Length Stainless Steel 304L Seamless Round Tubing, 1″ OD, 0.76″ ID, 0.120″ Wall, 12″ Length Stainless Steel 304L Seamless Round Tubing, 3/4″ OD, 0.51″ ID, 0.120″ Wall, 72″ Length For mounting to the monitor I welded a piece of angle to the tubing and for mounting to the boat I used some flat bar and welded the tube to that. One one end I used 1/2 inch solid bar as a pin for one ind of the tube so that you can take the whole thing apart if needed.

Securing stuff in the galley

Foaming soap dispenser secured with 5/16 bronze eyes and bungee cord. We refill the dispenser with dish soap. 1/3 soap 2/3 water. With it right over the sink it is really easy to wash your hands or dispense soap

Olive oil and other condiment bottles secured with 5/16 bronze eyes and bungee.

Here is a link to the bronze pad eyes I used. Sea Dog Pad Eye Bronze 5/16In

Link to misc bronze hardware Misc Bronze Hardware

Pump pot hanging from stainless hook for hot water

This Pump pot is great. It will keep water hot for 5 or 6 hours and even 9 hours later will be hot enough to hurt your hands if used as dish water. We keep hot water in it all day every day for cups of coffee, hot chocolate, instant cider, chai or tea. It took us a while to find the right pump pot. They are not all made equal. Of 4 or 5 we had tried this specific pot has worked the best for how long it will keep water hot.

BUNN 32125.0000 2.5 Liter Lever-Action Airpot, Stainless Steel

Microwave platform that can rotate into the salon or galley. Secured with Bungee and bronze hardware while underway. I had a friend with a microwave holder that pivoted back and forth between the galley and the salon that I loved. His was beautifully handcrafted out of wood. Alas I don’t have his level of wood craft nor the patience to take that long on such a minor project compared to much of what needs doing on the boat. So drawing on my minor welding skills I purchased stainless tubes, angle and rod and welded it up.

Here are some links to the raw materials I used in […]