Monthly Archives: December 2013

Working in the Wet

After demolishion

After demolishion

The rat's nest of wires behind panel

The rat’s nest of wires behind panel

I chose to finish removing the windlass in the rain. The good thick cables to the windlass had been terminated with soldered loops which had melted the insulation and was impossible to get through the holes. A hacksaw finished the job – I may live to regret that! Back home, I scraped, scrubbed and washed with fresh water a load of aluminium salts off the shell of the windlass – it does look better! I hope to remove the gypsy and pulley to grease the bearings. The first attempt failed. However, when the windlass was connected to a battery, it worked! Both forwards AND backwards!

The turning blocks on the coachroof had seized and they had to be removed. They are bolted into metal plates bonded into the fibreglass. I managed to remove all 8 bolts without breaking any, “success!” Back home, a great deal of heat, WD-40 and mole-grips (not necessarily in that order!) freed all the pulleys.

The washboard sort-of fits, a few more tweaks should fix it before it is varnished and fitted to replace the steel plate. The chart table panel needs a re-design; plan A has been produced. I also found a bundle of nine cables, they appear to be original and may be used for the nav instruments. A job for next time is to chase where to spaghetti of cables end up. From Totnes, I went to Plymouth to buy some “marine” ply both for the chart table and to replace some rotten bunk bases.

Back home, I tested the autopilot using the caravan battery and surprise, surprise, it worked! To celebrate, I created a mounting panel for the autopilot controller which we will fit into the port side cockpit locker. I’m quite pleased with it and glad that I’ve got a good router!

Work on Thu 12 Dec


Chart Table

Chart Table Before Work Started

I met three contractors to do specialist work on the boat today. I started with a stainless steel fabricator who can’t do any in-situ work to the pulpit which is broken, ‘cos of hassle with other boats. I may not be able to remove it, so I’m thinking again!

Tim Beck, the gas man, thought the cooker may be salvageable, but we don’t like it so we may get a 2nd hand one from him to get us going. He will replace all the tubing with new copper tube and install the regulator, armoured line to the cooker and cut-off valve.

Louis, of LMR Marine will be making good lots of holes etc in the cockpit left over from the  last 25 years, and replacing the engine cooling seacock.

I have now removed the rubbish that someone installed by the chart table and will start again soon with a new design closer to the original Sadler fit. I cut a pattern for the wash boards for the main hatch. What I thought was 18mm for the washboards isn’t –  it’s 16.5mm; so, I’ll be trimming the 18mm marine ply to fit. Bother!

There is a leak around the windlass because the void under the windlass chassis was full of yeuccchhh water! When I can disconnect the cables, I’ll take it home to repair/dry/ clean and then replace.

Managed to finish clearing up about 10 mins before the drizzle started during the rush hour home.


Starting Work!

Where to start? With a list, of course! Just look at the previous blog. In which order?

We have cleared quite a bit of stuff out, like the unwanted bits in the galley, old (and probably unsafe) electrical bits in the aft locker and removing general rubbish. Marine Wise, based at Baltic Wharf, have been tasked with replacing the fuel lines, repairing the fuel lift pump, if necessary, curing the leak around the heat exchanger and winterising the engine. Harris Rigging have got the most expensive single task of renovating the mast.

I’ve ordered the marine ply to replace the washboard (single sheet of thin steel) and install a lock that works.