Wednesday, 25 June 2014

CPES, Clear penetrating Epoxy sealer Sample

Whilst the polished concrete is drying we are going to do a sample with the epoxy sealer, we will be using alot of the resin and filler on the outside, as this is a product we have not used before we are going to do a few samples, the resin and filler come with very informative instructions and data, depending on the current state of the wood depends on the drying time, the hard work has been taken out of the meausuring, equal amounts of each, a cup jug, a cut down lemonade bottle, mark what ever it is you are using, the key is simply equal amounts.

Apply liberally

As per instructions give the wood a good coating, allows the epoxy to soak into the wood

The resin has definitely soaked into the wood nicely, we will add some more photos of the results today as well as sampling the wood filler.

Both products are available online from

Polished concrete sample

Downstairs is as good as dry, the outside is being sanded and caulked (pictures to follow), time to turn back to the kitchen, the drawers and a few cupboards need to be finished but most importantly the polished concrete work surface. We have everything we need, white portland cement, fine sand, Canterbury Spa, rapid hardener, wire mesh for support and our mould.

We made a slurry first, just cement and water with hardener and painted that around the sides, we then mixed our cement, sand and canterbury spa keeping the mix quite dry adding water bit by bit until the mix was inbetween wet and dry, starting in the corners and edge and worked our way in.

Float the surface with a small piece of wood

Vibrating sander to remove air bubbles



Needs grinding to show the aggregate but very happy with the end result.

Saturday, 21 June 2014


This morning, one of the reasons for living on the water.

Final push, last of the trapped moisture

When we bought the boat, we knew the work that was involved in getting Tino dry, the plan is and has always been quite simple, get the boat dry at all costs, strip back any rotten wood and dispose of it.

We know the final layout, the main priority up until this point has been to get us to this point.

One word of advise do not be swayed by friends, partner's, tradesmen or your own self doubt.

Tino is a wooden boat, from day one we knew there was trapped moisture, what you can rely on is that boats like Tino are extremely well made. I have the upmost respect for the Danish boatbuilders, there attention to detail is second to none, Tino is a testament to that fact, something that is sadly missing within most trades and construction today.

The two bedrooms were originally one room, where the fish was stored after gutting, there would have been an ice machine and fish stacked, a refrigerated room hence the insulation, hence the thickness of the walls and their various layers. The Oak floor in the bedroom has been carefully taken up and is now in the front room in the wood store ready to be relaid, when we took up the floor in Finley's bedroom we could see various bits of metal and two blocked drains that ran through the bedroom hence no hatch in the bedroom, however as mentioned they are blocked and moisture is trapped underneath with no way of escaping, no choice the floor has to come up and the partition wall has to be taken down.

I am not going to say this was easy. The anticipation, the fact of where we are working, the key is patience, tenacity and plenty of stepping back to assess.

All the planks are soaking 

What lies beneath

We have had a fan and a dehumidifier going all night, the gullys have been cleared, it is going to need a bit of thought and preperation.

we have the waterproof cement, the isoflex and the damp proof membrane, plan being to dry it out, rebuild the sides with the rapid drying cement from Cementone, Vactan and Isoflex the metal and put a damp proof membrane, there will be ventilation in the floor. Idea being to create airflow under the floor pushing any moisture down the gullys to the bilge to a pump and out.

Vactan, get rid of the rust.