Corrosion - a bit of winter maintenance
'Pentland Warrior' - formerly 'Quicksilver' is about 3.5 years old now. It is used all seasons of the year and was out in sub-zero temperatures last week.
Each time it is out the engine is flushed (I now have my own barrel) and the boat is thoroughly washed down with fresh water, dried then put away in my garage. The windows of the garage are covered so that the sunlight does not fade the fabric of the boat. I also let some air out of the tubes so it is not 'under tension'.
Yes, when it is out and about it does get a bit of stick! But when back on land it is thoroughly looked after.
Anyway I gave it a check over in the new year and I found that the engine plate on the transom had gone a bit powdery and the coating seemed to be comming off. I decided to take the plate off and pain it.
However the stainless steel screws were impossible for me to shift. So, over to my pal Charlie (you know, him with the world's best shed), to drill them out. He had just cleaned our chinmey so he was already on hand!
When we (okay, when Charlie) had got the plate off I was amazed to find that the coating from the back of the plate fell off in one piece revealing a rather badly corroded rear.
Anyway a tin of Hammerite paint and 24 hours later and all was cured and the plate was refitted looking nice and new again.
I must admit that I was surprised that after all that cleaning and hosing and being kept out of the water the plate had still corroded so badly.
It must be a real problem with RIBs kept in the water all the time and then parked outside.
Keith (the hose) Hart
PS here is Charle getting to work...
PPS yes, that is the seat at the bottom of the garden...