Battleship Massachusetts

Battleship Massachusetts

Battleship Massachusetts

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In the summer of 07, I had worked on some deck repairs on the Battleship Massachusetts.  The original was full 2″ Burma teak.  Some repairs were needed and we replaced both small groups of planks as well as larger sections.

This shows a small section where we replaced just a few planks in this area.  I used a 8″ worm drive circular saw to cut into some of the planks so  I could get them out with a wrecking bar.   The deck was held down with special fasteners welded to the steel deck.

Deck Repairs

Deck Repairs

The deck was cleaned and new stainless steel bolts were welded on.   Then the new wood was cut from Ipe, a very dense South American hardwood.  The cost of full 2″ teak would have been too much.   The holes were laid out and the larger holes were made in the bottom of the planks for the bolt head.  Larger holes were inlet in the top for the bungs.  We had to use carbide cutting bits because of the wood.  The typical $20 bit would last for about 18 holes before they were too dull.   Then the small hole was finally drilled through.   As you can see, the bottoms (shown) of some of the planks had to be relieved in some areas so they would fit over some of the steel butt plates in the deck.

We primed the area and then troweled on a special bedding compound.  Finally the boards were put in, bolted with big washers.  Then the area was bunged, caulked, and sanded.

This shows a larger section with the planks in.

Larger Deck Repair Area

Larger Deck Repair Area

 This shows the larger area after it had been sanded.

Sanded Battleship Deck

Sanded Battleship Deck

I had some fun with some of the vets that  wanted to look at the repairs.   I took a little piece of Ipe and went to the side of the boat with them.   I mentioned that the wind was going one way and the current the other way, and then asked them which way the chip would go if tossed it into the water.  They gave their opinion, and then I tossed it in and it usually sank…..

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