Bowsprits and surveys

Last couple of days have been cold in Rye. That doesn’t hold us back. Alan has been making ( or re-making) the old navigation table and working on the starboard quarter berth. He has also been renovating the teak trim around the cabin roof which looks wonderful.

Carrie and I have been cleaning up and fitting the bowsprit. This was a tight squeeze and I well recall the comments when we were fitting the deck at the bow. Access was very tight and arms are not long enough.

Lastly marine surveyor Chris has been giving Anne Marie the once over with his measuring stick. The hull is very strong so it seems and we have done well with our building so far. He will be back again for a full survey before launch!

How the deck changed

Over the months I have photographed and videoed work done to Anne Marie during this restoration.  Here is the video of the deck before, during and after..

A new deck from old

Cold, Sunny, full moon

5th November 2017 and Rye is looking lovely but it is chilly. 

Hope to be putting resin on roof even though temperature is in low teens, so I am starting early(for me). 

Lots of fireworks last night around us with full moon and clear skies. Now we have a large spring tide wetting the keel of Anne Marie. This time next June and it’ll be more than the bottom of her keel that is wet!

Galley going great

Alan is really steaming ahead with the interior.  Here you can see the new galley with sink on the left, cooker in the centre and the new fridge on the right.  On the extreme right is a deep cupboard (because there’s space).  At the back there will be cupboards and shelves with deep lockers in front for food and wine.

What you can’t see is the work starting on the quarter berth to the left, the ducting that has been installed for wiring, the improvements to the dining area and the work done to the fore cabin.  I have included a a shot of the new shelves in the fore cabin though.

On other matters –

We handed the rigging to RigitUK last weekend and they are now manufacturing a complete set of shrouds and stays.  I have found a couple of snapped mast fittings which I need to get repaired – nothing drastic thank goodness.

Carrie and I also put another layer of plywood on the main cabin deck last week which I will epoxy tomorrow, weather willing.  Alan has had a real mission to repair the teak trim around the main cabin but it will look great when back in place.  There is still more plywood to fix when the trim is done.

Thank goodness for people who know what they are doing.

New equipment 

Today’s deliveries include shiny deck fittings for diesel and water filler points; a rubber “stuffy box” for the prop shaft to keep the shaft lubricated and the water out;  fifty hinges for the cupboard doors and a battery box which I am converting into a shower sump. 

The shower sump will take water from the shower, the hand basin and will drain the anchor locker. It will have an electric pump inside which will automatically pump water up to the new holding tank for disposal later. 

New rudder shaft

After a great deal of internet searching I found a supplier of 36mm diameter Marine grade stainless steel rod that was suitable for the new rudder shaft. 

I only need 1.4m but of the two suppliers I found one would supply a 2m length, the other 3m. At over £120 per metre I chose the shorter!


I have now delivered it to Morse Systems of Ashford in Kent for cutting, welding, grinding and drilling. 

They are also going to make a purpose designed (by me so I hope it works) lower bearing. This is made from Acetal, a special plastic that does not absorb water – did you know that nylon absorb water? Neither did I. 

Lastly they are going to manufacture a new s/s shaft for the roller reefing system which got bent in hurricane Ivan. 

Deck fittings install

Today is a red letter day for Anne Marie.  Carrie and I installed the PUSHPIT at the stern in the drizzle of Rye.  This is at the other end of the boat to the PULPIT which is at the bow and will be mounted on the bowsprit when we get round to it in the next couple of weeks.

We actually managed to find the original holes in the deck which was a result.  We used black Sikaflex 291i sealant in an attempt to match the black of the deck lines.  Although we have used masking tape it didn’t stick down well because of the drizzle so we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow when it is a little harder.

Beginning to look like she means business.  The first time we saw her (March 2015) the pushpit was supporting a set of coloured lights for a BBQ or Christmas!