Saturday, 13 September 2014

An extract from the Survey and some of what I have been doing!

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).
Completed yesterday!

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