C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Filling and Drilling Holes in my Head

When I began route hoses to the new, 50% larger holding tank, my hope of utilizing the existing holes in the forward bulkhead evaporated.  The line in (deposit) hose lines up well with the hole in the upper, left of the image above.  The line out (withdraw) hose will require a new hole 15" below the upper hole.  I could not bring myself to drill anew without first filling in the existing holes. In the image above, the four holes filled are filled with epoxy thickened by mixed it with chopped up fiberglass mat.

Once the plugs in the holes cured, I used epoxy thickened with west systems 405 filler (brown) to fair out the surface of  each side of the bulkhead.  While the fairing remained wet, I applied a layer of mat to each side of the bulkhead.  The mat will bond the repairs to the entire bulkhead and hopefully return some measure of strength lost when each hole is drilled.

Tomorrow we will return to C'est la Vie a drill a couple new holes.

Of course this process took place in the freshly painted vee berth and head lockers.  Once this repair has cured and the new hole is drilled we will need to break out the primer and paint - again.

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