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S/V Laura Ellen
03-27-2007, 05:36 PM
I've spent the last two days removing paint from the deck of Laura Ellen. Yesterday I tried paint stripper, didn't work well. Today I tried a heat gun, worked much better. I'm about half done so far stripping the paint, but then I'll still have to use stripper to remove the old varnish that is under the paint.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p4566b2aa2e68f0aa3458c77ebb49aec6/ea289711.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p302dde7a9ef59cc30c8d3e1069795792/ea289662.jpg
So far the deck looks like it's in pretty good shape.


Does anyone recognize the manufacturer of this windlass (or is it a capstan)?
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pb06c54bec127eea4dc8d5e5598f4d0f2/ea28968e.jpg

Dave Davis
03-27-2007, 07:58 PM
Windlass; capstan's oriented the other way.

Looks like you've one of these (or close to it, no brake wheels on yours) from Port Townsend Foundry: http://www.porttownsendfoundry.com/id64.htm

Jay Greer
03-27-2007, 09:10 PM
We use a paint remover called Star 10. It was invented for stripping paint from commercial airliners but it works great on boats.
JG

Hwyl
03-27-2007, 09:16 PM
I don't think that's varnish, it's oil. I'd scrape it, the best scraper I used was made out of a bent file. If you use stripper, your going to damage the caulking.

S/V Laura Ellen
03-27-2007, 10:48 PM
I don't think that's varnish, it's oil. I'd scrape it, the best scraper I used was made out of a bent file. If you use stripper, your going to damage the caulking.

Is there a way of telling if it is oil, varnish, shellac or some other product? What is the best product to use on a pine deck?

On the issue of damaging the caulking, it needs to be refreshed anyway.

S.V. Airlie
03-28-2007, 05:09 AM
Allan.. the deck does look in decent shape...Always good...
Good luck...
Post more pictures as work progresses. Always good to see what folks are up to on their boats.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
03-29-2007, 10:55 AM
Hmmmm... Maybe Wilcox Crittenden?
Might be a little undersized:rolleyes: :D :D :D

Good work Allan... :)

S.V. Airlie
03-29-2007, 10:58 AM
Just read my previous post. What a difference one word makes.. OOPS!
The Deck DOES look in good shape.

mmd
03-29-2007, 02:21 PM
Re: the windlass maker: It looks quite similar to the "Ratchet Gypsy Windlass" that was (maybe still is) produced by Lunenburg Foundry, too. The age and rig of the yacht also lend creedance to this. Unfortunately, I do not have my LFE catalogue here at the college to enable a close comparison.