Monthly Archives: May 2016

AFLOAT at Last!

We’ve escaped from ashore to afloat at last; about 8 months in a shed and Cuchulainn is looking good! See the new image.

The mast was put up on Mon 23 May by Robin & Dan; Robin showed me how to tune it on Tue.

Boating World About to Step the Mast

Boating World About to Step the Mast

On Thu 26 May, we were launched:

Cuchulainn Getting Wet Again

Cuchulainn Getting Wet Again

One slight panic: I discovered fresh water under the galley sink – it turned out to be a leak from the hot water to the galley sink. I tightened that up on Fri.

Many thanks to Dan at Boating World for reminding me to “burp” to Volvo stern gland. If I hadn’t it would have been an expensive replacement job!

Many thanks to Ken, Robin and Dan at Boating World for their help over the last 8 months, to Roy for the new toe rails and to Emma for her superb cakes and lunches at her caff.

It was a very pleasant, if a little cold at 08:30, motoring down the River Lynher and the St Germains to the Tamar and then North up to Cargreen. Where our very clean looking (new) mooring buoy was waiting with the (old) strops that I put out on Wed.

On CYC Mooring

On CYC Mooring

The Boss met the Skipper at Cargreen in the company of A who brought a flask of tea for her! I had to make my own! The 1st cup of tea in the morning took a long time to boil ‘cos it was so cold the butane in Camping Gaz didn’t work!

The Skipper briefly went to the boat on Fri morning to check the leaks (after a heavy rain storm) – there were none! I cured the galley leak very quickly; sorted out the reefing lines; re-labelled the clutches; had a cup of tea and took some photos.

On CYC Mooring

On CYC Mooring

Now I’m having a rest! Beer and Bangers festival at the Mary Tavy Inn tonight, Boat Jumble in Newton Abbot on Sat.

Sailing soon …..

 

Out of the Shed!

After nearly 8 months in the shed, Cuchulainn has escaped!

We've left the Shed!

We’ve left the Shed!

The painting was finished a couple of weeks ago, although, I didn’t get the thinning of the final coat right so it doesn’t look nearly as good as I would like. It is much, much better that it was. The old cockpit:

The Old Cockpit Seating

The Old Cockpit Seating

It’s a bit better now!

The New Cockpit

The New Cockpit

Almost everything has been put back onto the deck; there’s a few pins for the canopy and cockpit enclosure to put on. The Boss came down a few times so that we could tighten up bolts that went through the deck, particularily, for the chainplates for the rigging.

On the Move in the Hoist

On the Move in the Hoist

To here:

Now Waiting for a mast and Launch

Now Waiting for a mast and Launch

The mast will be stepped on Monday around 12:00ish and we launch on Thu 26 May around 08:00. At last!

Stop Press, Sat 21 May: We have three leaks! I think I had left a hole for a eye bolt in the foredeck which is dripping quite badly; the windlass will need to be reseated as a cable is partially trapped and the aft bolt is weeping slightly.; finally, the new vent over the galley has a drip once every 15 mins or so. They will be cured on the 1st dry day – possibly Mon.