Part 2 - initial assessment
We established that the central cockpit floor crunched and moved underfoot, as did that by the helm. This was going to need ripping out and replacing - probably stringers too. I've already removed the glued down rubber floor and determined the crunching was the top laminate - now mostly removed. The floor appears to be of a hardwood, blockboard construction where strips of hardwoods are glued together (approx 15mm profiles) and sandwiched between two thin layers of plywood. The plywood and rubber floor have trapped moisture and thus the ply is rotten and brittle - pulled up with fingers. Surprisingly the block-board section, although saturated with water is not rotted! It will however need to come up as it has sagged and distorted - plus the layer of ply below is rotten.
The floor of the battery bay seems solid and can be stood on, but the other side (starboard) contains a hole and is clearly rotten. What can be pulled out with fingers has been to expedite drying.
The bulkheads between the engine and fuel tank (under rear seat) and the fuel tank and cockpit are also rotten. Cuddy floor is glassed and seems both dry and solid at this stage.
Engine bay floor/stringers seem solid, but won't really know until cockpit is stripped, fuel tank and bulkheads removed etc.
The camper cover had shrunk and the 4 sections of frame are clearly missing some bits and appear to need attaching somewhere - not obvious! In order to prevent water/leaf ingress and aid drying, I have fitted the cover (by soaking and stretching parts) and 'propped up' using the rear seat as a tent pole! It is however a major bonus as although quite tired, is complete and will suffice as a template for a new one! Will have another shot at figuring the poles over the weekend...
Gauges are all present except for tacho, but from attempts before leaving Scotland, we know that the hydraulic pump and 'up' relay don't work. The propeller is quite pitted with a few dings, so will get that off and sent for refurb. The sterndrive was a replacement and a new gimbal bearing and gear selection cable have been fitted. The engine was 'refurbished' when the previous owner purchased, but as he said, he saw no evidence of that, although it does look fairly 'clean'. The oil in the rocker casing however does show signs of partial emulsification, but too early to say if this indicates a problem. Having sat outside through the last couple of winters - and in the Highlands - it could just be from condensation etc. New oil, plugs, belts etc will be done before starting, so all will become apparent no doubt!
General exterior condition isn't bad, but the supports for the stainless rail around the sundeck have blistered beneath the black coating so I may need to get some made from stainless. Some of the gel coat has flaked away and some crazed, but these sections are quite small and manageable.
I've not connected a battery yet to check the wiring, bilge pump, blowers, horn, lights etc but will probably rewire anyway due to age.
Fuel tank is stainless - this and lines appear in good order visually as does steering (power steering).
Trailer is marginal as to if it's repairable. Although quite rusted, it is mostly solid apart from the nearside central spine which has rotted away on the rear 24-30" (holes) and the leafs are very rusted. It's a bunk with some rollers. Hubs are an unknown, but bits were rattling inside on the journey home!
The wheel bearings seem good (no heat in 550 miles non-stop!) and only one has a little amount of play. Two were replaced last year and the other two greased I'm told. I purchased two new wheels and tyres to collect, but the other two could do with replacing soon unless I replace the entire trailer with a new one!
More pics etc over weekend...