If you are near drop in. 50m from Anne Marie. See the project.
Thank you AR Peachment for sending the new parts for the Lofrans Tigres windlass.
A new side plate.
A new sight glass
A new rubber gasket for the motor cover
And a complete maintenance kit which includes all the seals and screws etc I need.
I only ordered them yesterday.
The last couple of weeks have seen more painting and filling of holes internally. We have now finished as far as we can putting the external fittings on the boat. There are two still left which required a spot of bending and reshaping. I have been using tools I bought when I was 21 and these don’t get used very much but they are really useful when they do come out.
We have started to clean the bottom below the waterline ready for priming with international Primocon. It is a horrible job. The new paint will go on in the next couple of weeks and that will spruce the boat up tremendously. After that we will use international Micron extra 2 as anti-foul.
I am turning my attention to the main mast which requires some bolts being replaced, new wiring and LED lighting, cleaning, new running rigging and the replacement of the stays and shrouds.
I have also been dismantling the old Lofrans Tigres windlass and at last picked up the courage to drill out some bolts to remove a warped and cracked faceplate. A new one is on order.
The engine exhaust exits the boat through a hole in the hull at the stern just above the waterline. It should be watertight for two reasons. One to stop exhaust fumes getting into the boat and gassing you and two to stop the boat from sinking!
I had noticed some time ago that the rubber of the exhaust skin fitting was cracked. It is pretty old. When I asked a Vetus rep (the manufacturer) at the Southampton Boat Show last year he suggested I should examine the fitting more closely.
I am glad I did as the crack on the outside hid a totally failed fixture. The exhaust inside the boat covered the cracked fitting so it looked fine until separated. The picture says it all.
A long day but we did well. Anne Marie looks more like a real yacht every day.
All stanchions in place.
Pulpit and bowsprit floor frame fixed.
Front four sets of chain plates positioned but not fixed as I need to manufacture new wooden spacers. I’ll explain more later.
Exhaust through hull removed to be replaced.
And a great surprise was a visit from Nick, one of the blog’s long-standing followers who wanted to see the project close up. Thanks for dropping by and it was great to meet you and show you around.
Cut short again by drizzle as we don’t want the sealant to fail due to the surfaces being wet. After all the whole point of sealant is to seal stuff so why take the risk.
In any event we have:
1. located and drilled all the mountings for the guard rail stanchions and fitted four of the ten.
2. Fitted the large winch to the stern.
3. Made new teak bedding blocks for the two deck mounted blocks
4. Fitted the starboard aft chain plate which takes three stays.
5. Painted inside the main cabin.
So not a bad day’s work really. Tomorrow we fit the pulpit and all the remaining chain plates. The weather is going to be dry (so the app suggests).
A cold day in Rye with some light rain but that hasn’t stopped us from getting on.
We have fitted the two after bollards and one set of spinnaker blocks, one rear shroud plate, both forward mooring cleats and drilled four of the bases for the stanchions.
Rain has now stopped play as well as an appointment at the Vine pub in Tenterden.