Buying equipment

Today (Friday 7th August 2015) we have travelled to Oban in Scotland, in fact a little village called Benderloch, where an Endurance 35 was being renovated. This Endurance was made of ferro-cement and became too big a job to renovate for one person.  It was therefore being sold off in bits and I came up to collect some stuff.

Chris and I drove up from Glasgow on Friday morning after flying in from Gatwick.  We collected a high-top VW long wheelbase van from Thrifty and we drove from Glasgow to Benderloch, picked up our equipment (an engine, spinnaker boom, hydraulic steering gear, instruments and a full length boat cover). We drove from Benderloch back home to Tenterden and having got up at 4 o’clock in the Friday morning we arrived home at 04:20 in the Saturday morning. A long day.

The engine is older than the one I have but is in one piece and goes, as was demonstrated by John the Vendor. The weekend was spent changing the casters and putting everything away into storage. It has a leak on the gearbox shaft which is a “simple matter” of replacing the seal.

Today I have purchased some ACF 50 which is designed to remove and counteract the aluminium oxide that has built up on the masts and booms and seized some of the blocks. I am going to try to use this to save myself some money.

One of the real benefits of the trip was to buy a full length boat cover which will really help me with keeping the boat drive over winter and it will make such a difference to our project. This is worth it’s weight in gold.

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Anne Marie (aka Mike Stephens)

I am a well traveled, globe-trotting vessel with great lines. I am told I give a comfortable ride for my years. Although a little worn out I am looking forward to getting back onto the water after a full service.

One thought on “Buying equipment”

  1. Hi Mike,
    Great to see your project in pbo! I’m doing a similar job to a ferro Endurance 37 and a set of stairs would certainly help my legs. My boat is in France so it’s weekends and holidays only for me but I have a guy replacing the deck whilst I do the electrics, plumbing and internal joinery.
    Please keep the blog going, I’ m tempted to start one myself.


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