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!

Next roof layer installed

Carrie, Neal and I placed the first of possibly two layers of 6mm plywood which is being put onto the saloon roof today. Glued down with plenty of epoxy resin and screwed with brass screws into the fibreglass below this is going nowhere.

Hurricane Ivan – 10 September 2004


Seeing as it is hurricane season in the Caribbean I have found some photos of Anne Marie when she survived Hurricane Ivan on 10th September 2004 anchored in Granada.

Hurricane Ivan was the first to hit Granada for 49 years and was category 5. Thirty three people were killed on the island that night.

She was driven ashore by the winds and sustained some scratches, a broken bowsprit, damaged self-steering gear, a broken porthole and damage to her fore-deck. Do a search on-line and have a look at the photos there to see how much damage there was on the island.

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Eric bought Anne Marie a few weeks later and got her ready for sea. He then sailed her to Rye the following April/May where she spent the next five years or so at his mooring on the River Brede, along Rock Channel. She was taken out of the water in 2010/11 for repairs and that is where she has stayed. We bought her in 2015.

Roof on and stuck down 

Well that was a mammoth job but well worth it. We ended up cutting the old top surface in two just to make it manageable. 

There will be some finalising to do. I have to tape over all the joints we created and there are a few places where the old layers of fibreglass have delaminated and will need to be rebounded or replaced. 

Now though we have a roof that is as strong if not stronger than when she was built. 

And to add to the day a huge flock of geese have just flown over. ​ and here are some more.