Ted discovers rot in cockpit, rebuilds and preps for Dynel
There are few places left for rot to hide on “Hindu.” Ted discovered the last of it last week, we hope. The wooden planks that form the floor of the cockpit were too rotten to salvage so he demoed the section and replaced it with high-quality plywood. He and Josh will seal the floor with a layer of Dynel, which we bought from the Defender company. Defender describes dynel as follows:
Dynel is an exceptionally popular laminate fabric most importantly for its ability to be handled without generating irritant or allergenic reactions from skin contact. Strong and versatile, Dynel is supple and soft like a true woven fabric with no fibers to irritate your skin and is made of yarn which is exceptionally pliable to easily conform to complex contours, curves and corners.
The weave of Dynel is not tight to ensure ease of use, fast wet-out and modest texture making it ideal for decking or cabin topping. For these reasons and more, Dynel is used for museum-quality restoration work on wooden boats world-wide as well as for many applications outside the marine field by persons of all different levels of skill and skin sensitivity working with laminate cloths.
Josh chose to use waterproof dynel instead of re-installing wooden planking because the cockpit floor is directly above the ship’s horn timber and some electrical equipment that could be destroyed if any water ever leaks through.