They say that owning a boat is like a big hole in the water you tip money into. I disagree, at least about the hole part but definitely every “little” job has been met with a smile and a “while you’re doing that…” style comment. Though the defect list is slowly being ticked off.
Last week it was the rig. With a desire for a VHF ariel and the need to fix the electrics up the mast, it was time to pull the rig out. The intent here was to cover off a number of issues, from leaking chain plates to suspect fittings and rig tune. I also took the opportunity to refit a spinnaker pole track, paint the rig, and fit provisions for, but not install, mast head kite halyards. Bright and early last Saturday I was back out to woolwhich dock for the refit.
Completely different boat come sunday! felt much better out on the water though how much of that was due to the cleaned bottom I’m not sure. which of course leads me to highlight our 2nd place for Sunday. Never mind our sand bagging handicap :) But thanks very much to both Adam Ross marine service and Tempo Spars for their work. Very happy and great service. Other riggers and shipwrights have made me feel like a 2nd class citizen but these guys have been nothing but very helpful.
Work hasn’t stopped there. Currently working with dad to rework the electrics. I’m starting with this:
And hopefully ending up with something a little more glamorous. I think Dad’s excited to sink his teeth into it, and well, the current electrics have much to be desired (steel tacks to secure figure 8 cable anyone?) Had a short the other day, tried chasing it but gave up and just yanked the cable so no stereo or rear cabin light for the moment. I’ve also nearly finished repainting some of the floor boards so will post those shortly, hopefully by sunday :) The rest of the interior will come later…