What’s Good for the Sole

When you live in a small space, such as a 37-foot boat for an entire year, there can be wear and tear. After a year of living aboard, the teak and holly floors in Ingomar were tired. The sole, which is what the floor of a boat is called, is integral to a boat’s appearance. Thankfully, Al has extensive experience in wood and is a cabinet maker, with the skills needed to restore the sole to its former beauty.

Fixing the sole was one of the first tasks Al undertook when we hauled Ingomar for the season. To start the project, he removed all the sections and brought them home to work on, because you need a lot of space to undertake this job. The sole of our boat comes out in sections, and there were 8 large pieces, with 4 smaller sections, teak banded access hatches, that covered the bilge area.

The first step was to sand the sections, to remove the finish and repair any dents. And there were dents. Particularly in the galley where things tend to fall on the floor, often. That’s to be expected because when you sail, you’re often heeled over. Later, when you open doors, things fall out.

To be safe, he did the sanding outside and wore a mask. Safety first.

The next step was to coat them to restore their shine and finish. He used a product called Fabulon, and he applied three coats. This was left over from a floor he refinished 3 years ago on our Tartan 3500. I call it Fabulous.

He also had to repair the sides of some of the smaller sole pieces that covered the bilge, the access hatches. The sides had come lose so Al used Gorilla glue and clamped them together to reinforce these areas.

Applying glue to sides
Filberts inspection
The finished product
Restored Sole

The entire floor has been refinished and will go back in the boat. I think the results, when we reinstall them will be awesome.

Filbert also approves.

And in case you were wondering, Filbert has seemed a little bored lately. To keep him happy I’ve began taking him for walks. We live in a sweet little neighbourhood with trails nearby so he’s getting walked twice a day. It’s good for his soul.

Morning walk

Author: tess

We, Al my husband, Filbert my cat and I, sailed our 37-foot Tartan to the Caribbean from Newfoundland in 2016-2017. We documented it on our blog, greatbigsail.com Today I continue to write about sailing, improve my photography skills, practice graphic design and dream about sailing.

3 thoughts on “What’s Good for the Sole”

  1. Wow, let us know when Al has time to spend a month on Terrapin working on our brightwork! Awesome job, Monsieur!

    1. Hey sailors, well if you have a few spare weeks in some sunny Mediterranean spot, maybe we’d come and coach. Or you can always come back to NL and do a resto here!😊

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