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    Posted: 01 Apr 2016 at 5:47pm
Our cockpit grating (the wooden grating on the floor of the cockpit) is a bit tired and in need of some TLC. I have removed it and it looks a lot better after being hosed down. Still a bit of green moss-like growth on the sides of the cross members.

The main frame round the edges of the grating was varnished and a fair bit of the varnish remains.

The wooden cross members look as if they were once bonded together with some sort of flexible adhesive, but are now all loose. Does anyone know what kind of adhesive might have been used?

 Some of the cross members have hints of old varnish at the ends where they join the grating frame. It's hard to discern whether they were originally varnished all over or just at the ends; and it is also hard to discern how much of the structure was glued together.

Can anyone advise what the as-designed and/or as-refurbished state should be? My current plan is to revarnish the frame, to treat the cross members with Boracol but leave them unsealed, and to wait for advice about whether and how much re-bonding to do and what with.

Many thanks in anticipation

Hillary Sillitto, Peak Flow

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To stop the green (or at least reduce it) I clean the grating with seawater, either a few buckets before leaving the boat or lift the grating and dunk it in the sea (don't let go!).

Can't comment on how your grating was made but a blob of gorilla glue and a few brass pins should solve any loose bits.

I doubt it was varnished all over, too much wear from feet. However doing the outside boarder can look nice if you have the time to keep it up.
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Thanks George.

The Boracol did a good job cleaning it up, and I am in the process of redoing the varnish on the border. Gorilla Glue is waiting for a warmer day.
Boracol also did a good job of cleaning up the cockpit seats and the stern area of the teak Toerail, one application plus heavy rain seems to have cleaned the teak up nicely.

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Saoirse's was starting to rot so I have started to leave it standing on its edge when the boat is parked up, not in userather than lying flat on the cockpit floor.  Not very elegant but the rot has stopped and the cockpit seems to collect less rubbish!

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