(12-10-01) I began my project to replace the cockpit table with an Edson
pedestal. Let me first give my reason for doing this;
The first problem
I noticed was last winter when I would get puddles of water at the foot of my
aft berth. I looked harder and found this water coming thru cockpit floor
where the support for the table was thru bolted. So the first thing I did in
the spring was to lift the table and investigate. What I found was a mess. The
table is mounted by first cutting teak stringers to fit the inside of the
table bottom, then they are screwed to the cockpit floor. On my boat some of
the screws were augmented with SS machine screws. Then the table is
lowered over the wood and screwed into the wood, cosmetic teak is lastly
applied. When I got the table partly lifted this spring the wood was
65% rotten. I knew this would be a project with some down time, so I just
101 it back in place this I had more time to work on this.
The second reason
is that I found myself tripping over the table while single sailing, My big
feed would get stuck in between the table bottom and the locker walls. The
after sailing on Gene's Dream Catcher this June it pretty much sealed the
Ok what I found
last night after completely removing the table, steering cable and remaining
wood; The wood was still damp even with it being a very dry fall. Most of the
rotten wood was best described as mud like. I think I'm lucky in the fact that
my cockpit floor still appears to be ok, I get no spring on mushiness . It
looked like someone attempted a 1/2 bAss repair at one time with the machine
screws, they were only on the stbd and forward piece of wood. I then cleaned
the floor and removed all the old sealant. I dabbed some new sealant on the
holes to keep the water out until we get back into glassing weather. There is
a 11" in diameter raised boss in the cockpit floor ready to accept the
new pedestal. It does look a bit weird with this area of virgin gelcote in the
center of my cockpit.
The Chain and
wire were in ok shape I did notice some fraying at the wire clamps and some
spot rust on the chain. the wire measures 9' and the chain 2'.
So with this all
said, I recommend that if you have this table setup pay special attention to
it. I don't believe that it would be hard to just replace the wood if you
wanted to keep the table.
This photo shows the table before the removal.
In this view you can see the Pull Pull conduit and the quadrant.
Rudder post and quadrant, notice the improperly installed wire clamps.
This is what remained of the teak stringers under the table notice the screw
used to attach it to the cockpit floor.
In this grouping you can see I have removed the table and
cleaned the floor. I smeared some marine silicone on the holes till it is warm
enough to fiberglass them. More to come!
This is the finished project less my chart plotter ( Gamin 176), and cleaning
I ran 1/2 inch PVC water pipe as wire conduit. The panel in this photo is
NMEA feeds in and out from the GPS.