Moisture had made its insidious way into the balsa core of the boat. The telling detail? After he removed hardware from the area, TwoBeers saw water welling up in screw-holes.
There are two methods for removing water in these situations: either vacuum the moisture out using a Rube Goldberg-esque contraption with a shop-vac and Visqueen, or remove the damaged core surgically.
Naturally, the Sawzall was called back into play. And with a little help from Uncle Markie (Tribe name: Ensign RumDOWN, pronounced with a decided note of panic.), Frankenscot now sports a newly grafted-on floor section.
This just in: Rick Tears over in Texas sent a handful of photos of the Turbo Pig. This project, engineered and designed by Richard Wade, added a masthead spinnaker, subtracted decking, and added a foil rudder and a carbon bowsprit. Hey, that sounds smart!
Photos below credit Rick Tears: