The Story of Hathor (Continued)
CHAPTER 2, THE RESTORATION PROCESS
That first winter and following summer we went through the boat and removed everything that could be taken out. Two young men, Jordan and Oliver Pringle spent most of the summer working on the boat and did an incredible job. Even their father, Joe, pitched in, Joe having had an experience similar to mine with HATHOR when he was a young man.
We pulled the hull outside in January, 2006 to do a preliminary sand blast of the rusted areas so we could examine them more clearly to determine what to cut out and replace and what was still good. Then I found three welders, Ken Lindberg, John Schilthelm, and Wells Church who worked evenings and weekends to go through the boat and replace any questionable steel. They put a new transom on the stern, put new plating on both sides of the cabin at the deck line, and installed a new rub rail. That took almost a year because of bowling, deer hunting, etc. but they did an excellent job.
In June of 2007, after the welders had finished, we again pulled the hull outside, this time for a complete sandblast inside and out. The sand blasting took three weeks. Then we painted the hull inside and out with two coats of a Sherwin Williams epoxy primer suitable for full emersion, then a polyurethane top coat on the inside and an anti-fouling bottom coat on the outside. We faired the outside of the hull above the water line with a micro-balloon fairing compound to fill the rivet depressions and the seams between the hull plates. Incidentally, this was a riveted hull. When the hull was originally built, after the frames were erected, the steel hull plates were picked up by clamps and placed in a plate furnace where the entire plate was heated red hot. The hot plate was then lifted and brought over to the hull where it was clamped in place and hammered with large wooden mallets to the shape of the frames. After the plate had cooled, it was drilled for rivets. As a result, there were numerous crests and hollows in the plating.
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