Last winter, our first, proved one thing; it gets wet in the cabin overnight when it’s cold outside and there are people breathing on the inside. It’s a problem which needed sorting before our second winter.
The Cornish Yawl has a quarter berth, or junk berth. Ours is a junk berth for the obvious reason, but, you know, if it could be made snug and warm it might just be a place to sleep, especially as the cushions are deeper! It’s a big hole directly beneath the cockpit seating on the starboard side, and this seat is just a single layer of GRP, unlike the cabin roof which is double layered. Research led me believe that some closed cell foam should do the trick, so this last weekend I’ve been down in Mylor to sort it out. I managed to do most of it, but the remainder will have to wait until New Year.
Here’s how it was. The manky area top right is the underside of the starboard cockpit seating. Far right is a hardboard panel which I removed, along with the panel top right, which I removed to see what was above it and couldn’t get it to go back.
The other areas which needed attention are the ones behind the slats in the cabin. The next few images show the sequence; first ones showing condensation, then with insulation applied, then the finished item.
And whilst I was doing all this work it was one of the best weekends of the last few months.