18
Jun
10

Oil spill cleaning

Eleanor in the slings, going towards her cradle

The recent oil spill around Singapore is a real pain in the b**t. I know I know.. its nothing compared to whats happening in the Gulf, but hey its here and upfront in my face. .. thats the time when it really hurts.

Not looking too closely, she seemed cleaned

This is Eleanor going up on the slings at Punggol, for the 1st time in her history. She has always been lifted in her cradle, but this time they want to use the slings. Bad move, the slings were not wrapped with plastic protection sheets, resulting in multiple scratches on the badly tarred gelcoat. I had no way to know that this was going to happen, else I would have done something about it before the lifting. The messy tar also made it difficult to actually see the scratches. Only upon close inspection after the washing did I realize the damage is already done … sigh… I am dazed… and disappointed by the so called professionals.

Looking closely, stains show up.

Anti fouling damaged by oil and degreaser streaks

Back to the cleaning, the guys use a alkaline degreaser..? What is that..? The men went ahead and rolled it on, followed by power spray wash. Viola, boat looks clean, but antifoul is totally gone from the most tarred area around the waterline, and the streaking down solution ate away the new white Micro Extra, exposing the old blue antifoul.

This stuff just gobbles up the antifoul and render it useless. .. anyway, the oil may have already made the antifoul useless to begin with, so further deterioration cause by the degreaser is really insignificant…

Vinyl bootstripe soften by oil, damaged by slings.

Small details, vinyl bootstripe and stern letterings will have to be redone.

… I am … disheartened…  Eleanor is not the pretty old girl, more like a sad old lady. … Next, to muster up some energy and dough to restore her to her former glory.

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