Another busy week but heaps of progress on the paint prep. After we sanded the topsides last week and Peter opened some spots, we got started on the repairs which meant more glassing, fairing and sanding. After the spot filling phase we've managed to put a few coats of primer over the repairs to fill pin holes and are now busy sanding those back and doing any last spot-fills that we may have missed. Let me tell you that on a boat this size it is not difficult to miss a spot fill or miss sanding a spot fill! Here are some pics of the progress.
We also used a planned power outage on Sunday morning to pull out some of our sails to see which ones are worth repairing and which ones we need to replace. The sheer weight of the sails turn that into quite an 'exercise' but it also got us excited about all the awesome sailing ahead! We dropped our Genoa at the sail loft this afternoon, have bought a Gennaker which I'm collecting from Auckland tomorrow and fingers crossed we've found a suitable main sail also - exciting times indeed :-) But our full focus this week is to get the topsides finished and ready for primer by the weekend and weather permitting I shall have some more photos and updates soon xx
Well well well - has it been a busy week or what? I'm a little late on updating the blog but we have made another big push ahead and as always, all our time has been dedicated to the paint prep and by the time evening arrives it's hard to move, let alone type ;-)
Our transom looks rather beautiful and is looking like the perfect platform for any and all of our water activities - Peter is already envisioning himself launching off the back! As with all areas on the boat so far there was the construction phase, fibreglass phase, fairing phase, spot fill phase and epoxy primer coats to fill any last pin holes. Have a look:
And with the transom at that stage it was time to get started on the remaining paint prep for the topsides which involved removing the life lines and toe rails, taking off the bow rollers and any other fittings, plugging the hundreds of bolt holes in the deck with earplugs to keep the dust inside at bay, wash the topsides down with sugar soap to remove any oil or grease, apply a guide coat and yes - start sanding! What a bonus it is to have such an awesome working platform around the boat! Most of the sanding we could do from there with only the lower parts requiring the good old fashioned scaffold planks on old oil drums :-) We managed to sand the topsides in 2 days between just the two of us and while I hand sanded the detail pin stripe today, Peter went around with the grinder prepping any spots showing signs of requiring our attention. The next phase involves repairing these spots, followed by the usual fairing, sanding and spot-filling before we can give it a last detail sand and eventually start putting primer on. A long way to go but we have already made quite a good dent in the work load so as sore as we are - we are pretty chuffed with our progress as well! Have a look at some of the pictures below and watch this space for updates xx
While there are still many jobs to do and areas to finish inside, we are comfortable enough in our living quarters to move outside and make the most of the long daylight hours and the favourable summer weather in the southern hemisphere. With Waitangi Day last Monday, this was the last long weekend for a little while and so what better thing to do than start on the transformation of the transom and making a head start on the outside - certainly one of Peter's areas of interest.
After experiencing the difference a sugar scoop can make when we extended the transom on our last boat, it was clear to us right in the beginning that this would be a great modification on this boat as well. Not only does it provide an easy option to get on and off the boat, but it also makes it much easier from a safety aspect to get back on the boat if you've gone for a swim or if you've gone over the side and need to get back on without a dinghy in the water. Besides all of those points, we do perhaps have at the back of our minds that this would be a great launch pad for our kites as well :-)
We are going to keep it rather simple though - an open sugar scoop, no fancy lowering transom that would require a lot more work, time, money, hydraulic systems etc. We'll keep it 100% watertight, taking away the possibility of water ingress in heavy following seas but rather have a simple platform with steps leading up to the deck.
When we cut out the transom we hit our first area of wet core. Luckily it was only at the bottom section of the transom, most likely caused by old fittings or dings on the bottom of the transom that let water in and migrated up. All the wet balsa has been removed and a thick glue layer at the very bottom should prevent this being caused again from dings at the bottom and we have replaced the balsa core in that area with waterproof foam.
Tonight's project is to fit the wall and sides in so we can glue them in tomorrow, giving us the weekend to glass the entire transom. Pretty good going so far and certainly exciting to see a totally different area on the boat transforming! So as always - watch this space xx
Today I will keep my blog post very brief as we had some very sad news this last week which we are still working through at the moment.
While there are still things to do in our cabin, we have finished as much as we need to in order to move on to the next area on the boat. After we've moved into the cabin enjoying a decent sleep, we now have a working shower with hot water all up and running as well - how awesome is that after 8 months of boatyard showers! For the first time I don't have to chase the kids to go for a shower but rather have to remind them that it is time to get out. All in all we are really happy how our cabin has turned out and how we have yet again reached another level in terms of comfort whilst living on the hardstand and most importantly aboard during a project like this! Here are some photos...