Monthly Archives: November 2013

The New Yacht Cuchulainn

We have bought our new boat to replace the lovely Rival 41C called Cuchulainn of Tamar. The next boat is a Sadler 34, shallow draft and a significant PROJECT!! This blog will be a bit up-and-down as I get used to it and you may join it a little while after it started.

We went to see the boat twice before we made an offer to the seller (not through a broker); this was followed by a period of haggling and eventually agreed a price. We got the boat surveyed which was not as good as I would have hoped. Nothing that we can really complain about but I’m sure it could have been better. I wanted to see some the heater, fridge and windlass working but failed. So we agreed with the seller that a reduction will cover the necessary repairs to get them back working. (I hope!) So the boat is now ours, she will be renamed Cuchulainn. The SSR register will be updated soon and will be fairly official.

The work we want to do is:

Refurbish main & genoa; Check mainsail cover & replace if necessary (stackpack?); Purchase spray hood & cockpit tent; Repair pulpit ; Replace gas system inc cooker; Mast work, inc rewire & lazyjacks, new lights; Purchase Radar & Chartplotter; Repaint deck: sand down & paint temporary coat of non-slip for season. (Start work early!); Buy new batteries, & install with strops,; Re-route battery cabling, install VSR, isolator switches and parallel switch; Install windlass contact breaker;Check other 12v wiring plus new busbars if reqd; Replace pulpit & pushpit nav light wiring; Remove existing A.C. system, fill & fair hole from the inlet connector; Strap the fuel tank down or replace altogether & install in correct posn; Re-route the fuel tank vent line; Remove brackets aft of engine & fill holes; Service engine; replace fuel pump diaphragm by Marine Wise; Reinstall raw water inlet seacock through hull; Replace raw water hoses + new strainer; Replace the exhaust hose + exhaust loop; Replace cockpit drain hoses; Service ALL seacocks; Replace heads hoses + vented loops; Repair/service winches; Re-install clutches on coachroof; Service/check fire extinguishers; Install engine bay extinguisher & fire-blanket; Install/Replace deck glands; Cut battery bay vent (5sq cm); Service the manual bilge pump with new hoses?; Install chart plotter/radar display plus NMEA interconnection wiring; Install new DSC VHF Radio plus hand-held VHF; Test fresh water system (Install filter if reqd); Fit jackstays; Ensure the prop fits the shaft; install clamp on shaft to prevent loss of shaft; Purchase coastal flare pack, horse-shoe buoy, danbuoy, seacock plugs, throwing line; Create MOB recovery system, first aid kit; Install CO detector & Smoke detector; Rub down hull, check for blister holes, fill and antifoul x2 coats. AND that’s before the end of May 2014!

It will take a bit of time but quite a bit will be done by local contractors. Watch this space as to how we get on…