A while back, I decided to install Spartite on the mast of my Yankee 30. Apparently, the Partners (the area when the Keel stepped mast penetrates the deck), on the Yankee 30 are unique. The area where the wedges/Spartite need to contact the mast is at the very bottom of the Partners. When installing Spartite, you need to form a dam at the bottom of the partners to stop the Spartite from draining through, until it sets up. Usually, there is some space in the bottom of the Partners to form this dam. Not on the Yankee! The Spartite needs to be flush with the bottom of the Partners. So, I did my best to form a dam, using the clay and foam Spartite provides and a lot of rags and Duct Tape. I knew it was "iffy" so I asked a friend to help me. I wanted him to stand below in the Head, hold something around the mast and make sure the dam was holding as I poured the Spartite from above. Unfortunately, after I set everything up, the "friend" found something else to do, and never showed up (I probably should have told him we were sailing rather than working on the boat, he seems to always be able to make it for sailing!
). Anyway... against my better judgment, I proceeded on my own (see where this is heading??). I started to slowly pour the Sprartite into the partners and waited to make sure the dam was holding. It was, so I proceeded to pour the remainder in. About 30 seconds AFTER emptying the can, I suddenly saw the level start to drop!
I ran below, to find $130 worth of of Cobalt Blue Spartite splattered throughout the (all white) head! On the sink; on, below and behind the head; on both walls behind the mast and all over the floor! Fortunately, in anticipation of this disaster, I had plenty rags and solvent at the ready (the only intelligent/logical thing I had done that day!). I started scrubbing like a mad dog. You haven't lived until you've been confined in a tiny Head, with the combined fumes of Solvent and Spartite, I'm surprised I can even remember my name, much less the incident! I was amazed how much I was able to clean up so quickly (as I recall, the pot life is 10 or 15 minutes!. After that, the stuff clings to everything it touches with a grip you can't believe!). Anyway, the good news was that enough Spartite had set up at "the dam" to actually form a dam (at $130!). The next can of Spartite went in without incident. However, I look forward to the next time I pull the stick and have access to finish cleaning up. For now, every time I go into the head and see remnants of Blue Spartite, I'm reminded of my bone headed move!
I knew better..I really did! I searched for a "Sticky" for DIY projects gone wrong and didn't find one. Maybe we should start one, lessons learned can be invaluable!