Friday, 19 December 2014
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Friday, 26 September 2014
A new mushroom vent has sprouted over the Taylors. I thought this would be a good idea as the paraffin leaves a fine soot on the deck head which is difficult to wipe off as it get everywhere. You can see that the coach roof is now painted and looking good. The varnish work is gleaming. She is starting to look like a yacht again!
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
There is simply loads of painting happening on the yacht at present. I only have the paint shed for 5 more days and then she is out in the open. Cockpit had has two coats of pre-kote - and excellent undercoat. This after the first coat of Toplac thinned with Owatrol for flow control - another coat tomorrow and then the cockpit sole goes in. Deck will be painted over the weekend when nobody is walking around on her.
Monday, 22 September 2014
I seriously underestimated this task! Sanding back the old paint, brushing down, hoovering the dust and masking off all those fiddly bits took the best part of a day! Anyway, two coats of paint on now.
There is still a lot of traffic on the decks, but hopefully I can get that done too - but the nights are getting colder and the paint taking longer to go off.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Note upstand for a Standard Horizon 180i Chart Plotter - basic unit but useful on deck for single-handing. Some people have asked about the type of varnish I use. I did use Blue Peter from International paints but now I use International Schooner Gold which seems to be fastest to go-off and can be re-sanded the next day. Other brands seem to take longer....
Friday, 19 September 2014
I have added a copper band on the coamings. This is a high wear area. The copper band is a bit "bling" at present but will verdi gris nicely. I have, ofcourse, use bronze screws - brass screws are of no use on a boat as they will dezincify within a year and you will eventually have to drill them out.
Note: Always place a power drill on its side when not using it!
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
Saturday, 13 September 2014
I have been busy last week making a new hatch garage. The old one was getting worn, but more importantly could not stand the weight of a man as heavy as myself when stood on! The rebuild has also given the opportunity to add a flat facia on the aft edge of the garage where a small Standard Horizon chart plotter can be installed.
Survey Requirements from Sept 2011
The following items in need of attention or comment were noted; to assist in their evaluation they are divided according to the categories:
(A) Items requiring attention as soon as is practicable
(for structural or safety reasons)
(B) Items which will require non-urgent attention in course of maintenance
(e.g. to rectify defects or to inhibit deterioration in future)
[Note: Recommendations are intended as a guide only, and further information can be provided if required. Additional suggestions concerning minor items of routine maintenance or improvement may also appear in the main section of the report, but are not intended to be comprehensive or exhaustive in this respect (e.g. cleaning and repainting, general maintenance and servicing). Items or areas where some deterioration is evident but which do not necessitate remedial measures at present are also included in the main body of the report, with a recommendation for monitoring periodically in future.
Recommendations in section (A) should be carried out as soon as is practicable, whilst those in section (B) may be fitted into a normal programme of maintenance to be completed within the next year or so (unless another time scale is suggested within the report – some recommendations require the vessel to be ashore, or would be easier to attend to in this condition). Routine actions such as obtaining a new licence for the VHF radio are also included within the report.]
(A) Urgent requirements
1. Free off and service cockpit drain seacocks, and improve access to them in future. (See A.6).
Two new blakes seacocks installed 2014. New cross over hoses and clips to new cockpit sole drains with inspection hatch. New teak grate over.
2. Tighten the connection of the engine‟s fuel delivery pipe at its union with the engine-mounted fuel
lift pump, and re-secure the union of the armoured hose and copper tubing nearby. (See F.3).
Completed in engine service 2014
3. Remove the mainsail cover in order to repair its detached zip tabling and thus enable ready access to the mainsail. (See A.5). Completed before purchase delivery 2011
4. Strap batteries in position to prevent any possibility of movement in extreme conditions. (See H.1).
Completed in 2014 – batteries now in plastic boxes
5. Ensure that safety equipment appropriate to the intended use of vessel is carried on board when yacht is in commission (e.g. in-date distress flares, additional fire extinguishers, etc.). (See G.3).
EPIRB and Liferaft added in 2014. Extinguishers new in 2011. New carbon monoxide and smoke alarm
B) Requiring attention
6. Carry out further investigation of condition of screwed plank fastenings at garboards and below-waterline hood ends, anticipating the need to renew most of these as a precaution (estimated about 80 in total). (See A.4) Completed by Kings in 2013
Also carry out further investigation of the condition of strap floor bolts by removing samples for inspection, and reinstate the missing or corroded bolt found aft on port side (this will require removal of the engine and its drip tray for internal access). (See A.4).
Completed by Kings in 2014 – All strap floors regalvanised apart from the one under the negine which was epoxies and the one under the forward bunk that required cabin furniture destructions to gain access.
7. Renew the copper tingle over the starboard side of the rudder‟s tie-bolt gallery. Secure the tiller to prevent movement in the tiller hood, and to ensure that no moisture ingress into the tiller‟s timber occurs. (See C.1).
Completed in 2014 - new Ash tiller 2014 - old one being repaired and will act as spare
8. Clean off superficial rust from some fittings, wherever found (e.g. strap floors, quarter knees, engine mounts, etc.). (See A.3, F.1).
Completed in 2014 – and repainted white for leaks to show more easily in future.
9. Tighten the wind generator strut stays to limit movement of the strut, and improve its bracing to the sternguard. Rectify deck leaks wherever found. (See D.1, D.4, H.1, J.2).
Will complete when re installed - removed to get into paint shed.
10. Renew both perished portlight seals. (See D.3).
Completed in 2014 – Classic Marine serviced all opening ports and cleaned the surrounds of the closed ones. New armoured glass.
11. Check condition of mast fully when next unstepped, with particular attention paid to apparently minor softening in way of a graving piece inserted in its forward face close above the heel, as well as at a cleat on starboard side (also secure this cleat which is loose). Give cosmetic/protective attention to the main boom and staysail boom, particularly at their outboard ends. (See E.1).
Completed in 2014 Epoxy repair to mast. Cleats on mast rebedded. Mast Coelaned.
Main boom revarnished. New end fitting for roller reefing. Rot under fitting was consolidated with epoxy.
Staysail boom: New scarphed spruce end. New galvanised clew fitting over.
12. Rectify leakage from the seals of the manual bilge pump and galley handpump by fitting new seals. Consider the provision of a modern diaphragm-type bilge pump for easier operation. (See G.2, I.2) Completed in 2012 – new thru-deck Whale Gusher - strum fitted to intake. One extra auto electric bilge pump added for emergencies and taking up (2014) - drains through cockpit. Main auto electric pump has had a air pressure float switch fitted with new hull fitting over Port side (2013).
13. Renew the sacrificial zinc hull anode when the vessel is next ashore (not urgent). (See F.4, H.6).
Completed in 2014 – moved aft to repair softening of wood around previous bolt holes.
14. Carry out minor refurbishment within and rectification of deck leaks into the accommodation. (See J.2).
Completed in 2014
15. Provide an outboard motor bracket for the inflatable tender (if the outboard motor is to be utilised). (See G.5).
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Rosie is back in the paint shed. I had too many jobs and not enough time to launch her ready for the Classic Boat festical in London next weekend. Instead I will travel down by train. There is plenty to do on the inside including some rewiring and much repainting and re varnishing. So looking at an October launch now.
The fore hatch was basically been held together with varnish. When stripped of the old varnish the hatch just started to crumble before our eyes. So luckily, with the help of some epoxy it has held together and looking respectable covered in very generous layers of left over Coelan from the mast job. It will last out a couple of seasons but am aware that a new one needs to be made sometime in the future.
This week has seen a bit of work on the spars. The clew fitting to the main boom has been redipped and the rot in the boom under it graved in. There is also a new laminated mahogany capping end. I did varnish it to a nice a shiny level, but sadly the dew got it and now it is cloudy. Sadly the season for painting and varnishing is over.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
I have now started going down the list of essential item to get her ready for launch which is in a week or so! I decided that cleats might be nice. So renewed Burma teak needed to be carved to fit the cleat upstands. I thought it would take an hour or so each, but in the end in was two and a half hours per cleat! So that is a days work then!
Friday, 29 August 2014
The leak on the cabin front is now fixed by being consolidated in epoxy and glass tape. Only a decorative beading required now.There was also a leak by the cabin ports which was wrecking the interior shellacked mahogany. We have been trying to strip the shellack but sanding is not an option as it turns into a very gooey mess.
Pictures showing the replacing of the bolts for the last galvanised floor. We have had not enough time on the tight launch schedule to send the strap floor off to be re-galvanised so therefore it was blasted and covered in epoxy. This is the last major structural point on the survey from three years ago that needed to be tackled. I am pleased it is now done.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
A pair of handed Wimex bronze winches have gone in to replace the old bottom action Leyton winches. The Port was seized and the when trying to service some of the parts needed to be drilled out. Sadly, even solid bronze constructions on boats eventually fail. They did last 51 years!
These have been added where the wood was soft around the old anode bolts. You can see how close the old anode bolts were to the seacock. Not a great idea. The seacocks for the self-draining cockpit are now new as well with a slow rolling programme of replacing all the seacocks.
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Quite a lot has been happening.
- New port in the bridgedeck that will house the compass (part of an ISAF requirement that clipped on compasses cant come loose in a knock down)
- The tank inspection hatches are now in complete with senders for fuel. This is important as dipping the fuel required access to a rigmarole of hatches - something I don't think one would do in a seaway.
- New winches now purchased and getting ready to be fitted.
- Bilges danbolined and ready to take the sumps and engine when ready.
- New cockpit sole and teak grating being currently made. The new cockpit sole will have a much larger access hatch.
Friday, 15 August 2014
For some reason it looks like nothing has really happened in two weeks. But the truth is that lots of little jobs have been completed and they all take time.
The main job is that painting of the topsides. This will be done by Kings professional painter as there is no way I can get as good a finish as Lee. He seems to float effortlessly over those scaffolding planks stretching up and down not making a single brush mark. 35’ of hull is a lot to sand, fair and paint and I think it is a good investment for future years to get all the opened seems and gaps (especially those behind the rubbing strake) sorted out. It is not useful when the owner then drips varnish over the work over a weekend when attending to the capping rail on the bulwarks! That has delayed things a bit as I had to peel all the strips of dried varnish off with a razor blade and that took three days.
As you can see work has also started on the coachroof. This was originally Cascover sheathed but the fabric texture could still be seen. So many coats of of International pre-cote was require in order to fill this to almost flat. I am not getting it as perfect as Lee, but at least it will be a lot better than it has been in recent years!
The engine is now out as the gearbox is getting serviced with new bearings. I suppose this could have been done in situ, but the real problem is that the yacht has galvanised strap floors. There has been a rolling programme to replace these and this is the last one we could not get to as it was under the engine. It is not bad we did this as there is some rot in the stern post that needed consolidating.
You can also see that the electrics need a bit of upgrading in the cockpit and this is something that I am currently working on.
All in all I am very behind schedule with a myriad of jobs to do. One good thing is that the mast is almotst ready to go. I have added a radar reflector so that I don't get run down.