Right - I've made a bit more progress and now need some advice! I've re-done the life-lines (grab ropes, whatever you want to call them) with eye splices in black 3 strand rope. Looks quite smart - especially compared to the ropey old rope with grey sleeving. I've also removed a few bits and pieces using the Mrs' hairdryer (shhh).
I'm expecting a console on Thurs/Fri, and need to work out how to fit it. I have a deck with transom braces like this:
Does anyone know if this is GRP and plywood, or just GRP? I would like to secure the console to the deck with sikaflex (or "CT1" - to be precise [recommended by the chandlery as an alternative]), with also self tappers and washers. I've not got experience with fiberglass so am slightly put off, and I also read somewhere that the temperature needs to be between 15 and 20 degrees. Naff all chance for a few months!
My only other issue, not so pressing but potentially major, is that the tilt tube is very rusty inside and I *think* I need a new one for the planned teleflex steering. Has anyone got any experience with a similar situation (lots of cleaning or fitting new tilt tube)? Due to the weight of the outboard (Mercury 50 2-stroke) I would prefer to leave it in place as the transom looks ok and the engine does too (apart from that).
Anyway - ramble over.
Thanks in advance