Monthly Archives: May 2014

Are we nearly there yet?

The boat is coming on and should be ready by the end of June. I don’t want to pay yet another month of storage.

All the instruments appear to be working except the speed log which needs the instrument connections redone as at least one is broken and one of the other two looks dubious. All the cabling is now tidy, secured with plastic ties, especially inside the quarter berth locker! But it does mean that behind the chart table locker there are miles of extra cable which I will deal with later. (I do have a “List of Jobs for Later”!) The remote mic for the radio is partially installed in the starboard cockpit locker. Next job is to make the connections at the mast foot inside the cabin.

The heads locker is ready to be rebuilt with new shelves, painted & varnished front and (I hope) better securing to the boat. We now have a full compliment of new and refurbished seat locker covers. However, Sadler made them from 9mm ply interior instead of 12mm marine ply which I’ve used. It means that the old ones are a bit weak especially where they have got wet. It appears that this boat leaked like a sieve at some time in its life!

I’ve finally got rid of the last remaining bolt from the stemhead fitting – more drilling and a big hammer helped. I got some applause when I cheered as it dropped into the anchor locker. In the meantime, Daco Engineering have finished their work and I collected it on Wed. It still fits! But, I’m going to drill out the holes a little and fill some redundant ones. I may need to do a bit of filing on the repaired hole to get it aligned with the now filled hole. Confused yet? – you should be, ‘cos I am!

The boom is now on; all the clutches are installed so once the forestay is re-rigged correctly she’s ready to go. I think the people making the cockpit cover are waiting for the boom to be on so that they can ensure the canopy clears it when being folded. Louis has some jobs to do as well but he’s not been around for several days. I hope they can finish it before we launch.

The only bit of the water plumbing we’ve retained is the calorifier. I’ve built a box for it with a lid to protect it from the rough stuff from being inside the cockpit locker. The aft locker with much more room requires the tiller to be lifted right up for access. Maybe I’ll split the lid into two at some stage. I’ve used scrap ply for it and apart from the paint shouldn’t cost much.

Although my jobs list is over 10 pages long, seven pages have been done (or deferred), so I’ve only got 3 left but most stuff has been done and I haven’t added anything substantial for several weeks. The last big jobs are the stem head fitting, sanding and then painting the deck with non-slip and stripping the antifoul, priming the hull with Primocom and 2 coats of antifoul.



Hot Electrics!

Thursday was a hot sunny day to the extent that my steel rulers got too hot to handle when I left them out in the sun by mistake! I was finishing the electrics of today to justify the title.

The new Raymarine Chartplotter is now fully connected and working well; it did when I remembered to put in the chart memory card! The touch sensitive screen is great, loud bleeps with every touch but seems good. I need to double-check some data cables (NMEA for the AIS) to the VHF radio.

I had considerable difficulty with the heads locker shelves for several visits. Now I’ve solved the problem by taking the whole of the front out which wasn’t screwed/glued/fixed to anything! Now I can get at everything and found that I need to remake the shelves to fit properly but at least I now have good quality templates rather than the broken mess from before. I’m going to paint the inside of the lockers with white acrylic paint. Something I did on the Rival 41.

The chart-table is now as good as finished. A baseplate needs a bit of varnish and fixing down and the front screwing on. Another white paint job inside will finish it off. This will be our bookshelf for Pilots, almanac etc.

The oil contaminated floorboard is now back in full use. I used lots of sugar soap to remove as much oil as I could. Other ploys included heating the wood to boil the oil out and wiping it off as it came to the surface. To seal the rest in, I painted two layers of knotting on both sides and varnished the top and painted Damboline bilge paint on the underside. The last layer of varnish was rolled on with Hemple non-slip compound. Although it’s noticeably darker, it works and has saved me buying very expensive holly striped teak ply.

I started fitting the clutches for the halyards that are just forward of the cockpit. The metal plate that is glassed into the underside of the outer skin to which they are bolted, is too small for 6 clutches a side. There is space for about 4 and a bit clutches! My answer is to drill all the way through to the saloon headlining and drill and tap an aluminium plate for the clutches that are outside the glassed in plate. I’m finding that Sadler did not pay much attention to detail and cut corners where they could. It’s rather disappointing.

Lots of others things are well underway and they include:

Refurbished stemhead fitting; Stack bag for the mainsail; Dinghy bag; Canopy and enclosure; Replacement fire extinguishers.

I’ve now got plenty of work to do at home. The builders are here as well doing a small extension so there’s plenty of tea and other stuff to do! I am getting confident that we will launch by the end of June.

Mostly Electrics

Baltic Wharf have started to launch boats from around us and we can now see the whole hull! See above!

I’ve been concentrating on connecting the electrics; over the last two visits, I finished the chart table locker as well.

Almost Finished Chart table Locker

Almost Finished Chart table Locker


From Left to Right we have a Radio/CD Player, VHF Radio, Gas Alarm, Fuel Gauge and Windlass Contact-breaker.

We now have a working CD Radio player, well until Jeremy Vine came on and started ranting about meat labelling, so it was turned off!

The VHF radio is connected but the aerial and NMEA wires need connecting to the mast cable and the Chartplotter respectively.

The Gas Alarm seems to have a dodgy sensor (no surprise there!) and the fuel gauge needs a 3-core cable all the way to the fuel tank and I don’t think that I have enough cable. I’ve got through 30m of it!

I’ve positioned some of the Chartplotter cables and fixed the bracket. We hope this will be useable from the cockpit and chart table!

Chart Plotter Bracket

Chart Plotter Bracket

Our propeller was the wrong size, wrong fit so after some thought, we’ve decided to get a fixed prop at 25% of the price of a feathering prop. The latter’s advantage is we would go about 0.5knots faster. However, this means that a channel crossing will be about 1.5 hours longer. Oh Well! Thanks to Martin at C & O Engineering.


Three Forward and a Big One Back

This Friday, I finished the stuff in the Heads (loo to the rest of us). The loo itself is now completely installed ready for the first p£%@ when we are back in the water. It’s bigger than the old one but much more comfortable! It took a bit of cleaning of the shelf, cleaning out of the bolt holes, a bit of mastic to seal the bolts in and was done! The tubes went on with a little help from the heat gun; everything is now double-clamped with jubilee clips so the whole installation conforms with the best practice and insurance company’s requirements.

Previously, I installed a shower/tap in the heads compartment (cubbyhole, more like, judging by the number of times I’ve banged my head on the deckhead (roof/ceiling to the rest of us!). Well. I bought a new tap unit and installed that and because I had several goes at it with the old one, the new went in very easily. However, it leaked, when tested, from a fitting. Subsequently, I found that I had missed a seal off which I replaced and now the plumbing is fully functional. We will need to monitor the water pump as I think that the pressure switch is a little unpredictable.

The new locker shelves now don’t fit properly ‘cos I didn’t allow for the syphon break on the outlet tubes. A re-think is called for…

I though it was time to connect up the mast electrics; everything went quite well. I removed all the old deck fittings and cable glands. Pulled through the new cables with messengers from the old wires, but some of the wires I could just push through. At some stage in pulling the VHF cable, I broke it. $%£@ it. This is the large step back ‘cos I’m going to have to do some delicate soldering of the coax cable, fill the space between the core and covering screen and join the screen together, then secure it inside some shrink-wrap sleeving. A job I could do without. The deck is now ready for new deck glands.

The saga of the rogue bolt for the stem head continues; I have now given up with trying to remove it and I’m going to put another separate bolt through the stem fitting close to this one and fill the hole with resin and a metal plate.