I've been able to steal away a few hours and make some progress on the repairs to the companionway steps. I believe the existing steps were original to C'est la Vie and after 43 years the runs were cracking and the entire assembly was growing shaky. The risers appeared to be in good shape so I purchased some teak to create new runs. Here are a couple before images.I can't wait to bring you Jeff's hatch rebuilding project (coming soon)!
When we purchased C'est la Vie in 2005 she had been flooded on the hard in Titusville, FL during the infamous 2004 hurricane season. The water mark visible on the lower leg of the steps above is among the last remaining evidence of the flooding.
The image below is of work in progress. I have completed all the carpentry work. The next step is to begin sanding.Note I added some cut out hand holds along the top of the ladder. If you are interested in more images and description of the process. Here is a link to a photo album - Companionway Steps Project - spring 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Jeff of s/v C'est la Vie is a consummate carpenter. Here he shows us the progress he has made to date in rebuilding his companionway stairs.