As our last blog suggested we have been busy prepping the boat in order for the scaffolding to be removed. Last week the last of the plumbing for the cockpit drains was fitted, a massive clean up on and around the boat and scaffold and all these other last minute jobs one has to do! One of these jobs included getting the sign writing organised and we are absolutely trilled with the job Vitalsigns has done - we love it and it is great to see her new name :-)
Yesterday we used the last day of the scaffolding up to do anything on the topsides that needed to be done and Pete even went around and polished the odd spot that required it and I surprisingly found enough energy to wash down all the topsides after running the Whangarei Half Marathon in the morning. The end result was a shiny and tidy looking boat and we both admired her from various angles yesterday afternoon. This is what she looks like with clear and clean deck and topsides.
Let us know what you think but we are pretty wrapped with how she looks! With all the prep done the big day has arrived and today Palmer Scaffolding has returned, 16 months since putting the scaffolding up to remove it. With them the rain came as well which didn't make their job any easier or faster but the shrink wrap is off and so is the roof structure and as you can tell in the last pic we can actually see out the sky and hear the rain drops falling on our hatches - a very unusual sight and sound after 16 long months...I'll be updating the blog soon again once the scaffold has been fully removed and the sunshine has returned so as always - watch this space!
With the last of the tracks down, chain plates back in and general waterproofing nearing completion we are getting ready to have the scaffolding removed. That means besides the waterproofing jobs we needed to have lifelines installed again and move our workshop and materials below deck and into the next area inside. Here are a few pics of the tracks and newly serviced cars, chainplates, new forward cockpit entrance hatch and washboard, repaired stanchions and new lifelines.
The odd caulking seam, new filler caps (diesel, water, waste) and no doubt a few other little jobs to complete but we can't wait to see her 'unveiled' even though we will be missing the shed and the protection from the elements - no doubt about that! But it also makes it feel like we are getting closer to launch date which we all can't wait for (especially with all the winter colds and flu getting hold of everyone). We definitely can't wait for summer to arrive and the trip back to the tropics next year!!!
And that's the last of the painting on the deck done and she looks awesome with the non skid and all the rails back on and fitted! It is quite amazing to look around on the deck with all the shiny paint wherever we look. Incredible to think what a mess the deck was just a few months ago...
With the deck finished painting we are now ready to fit all the tracks back on. Over the last week Peter prepped all the backing pads. Today we fitted the first track back on. We opted for the main track as this is the shortest one and a good one to figure out the best and easiest way to do it. I must say it went a lot easier than anticipated and feels even better to just see the boat put back together more and more!
So it's all about fitting the tracks and finishing touches on the deck and then the next big project shall begin...watch this space xx
After emptying the anchor locker and forward section two weeks ago, we've jumped into action once again. For a few days Pete locked himself in there armed with his grinder to prep for painting, see the area prepped below:
And after a few repairs on the deck, it was time once again to get some paint on. It's always amazing to transform an area within a week or two and this time we haven't even made any major changes but it looks much better! This will be our 'toy' locker so all the more exciting :-)
With the fumes keeping Peter outside, he prepped all the remaining toe rails, did some more prep on the deck and cut another hatch above my stove. Over the weekend we've been fitting all of the toe rails as well as the anchor assembly/bow roller. It's awesome to put her together again - slowly but surely!
A bit more prep and we will be able to non skid the last area on the deck. This is very exciting for us!!! I'll be updating the Facebook page and blog - so watch this space xx
After our latest order of hatches and materials arrived it was time to fit these. Pete is still busy with the hatch for our forward cockpit entrance along with making a washboard as well. Here are a few pics.
It's pretty rewarding standing back and looking back at her admiring all her new paint, hatches and portholes. A very different look to the boat we bought not that long ago! Our focus now is on getting the rest of the deck ready to finish the deck paint job. The chainplates had to be removed, space had to be made below deck to start bringing all the tools inside again and any other fittings and repairs need to be addressed over the next few weeks as part of the prep. Removing the chainplates wasn't a quick job and the sheer weight and length of them didn't make it an easy job either! Lucky for us the chainplates and deck are in great condition and just require the general maintenance and service, the bolts on the other hand definitely need replacing. Check it out:
As you can see plenty of work ahead to keep us busy. We have also got conduits, lights and other bits and pieces ready to be fitted and keep us busy in the evenings. We are less than 5 months away from our launch date with no time to waste, so keep your eyes peeled for updates :-)
Once the gloss had been sprayed it was time to prep for the non-skid and touch-up painting inside prior to fitting the new portholes and hatches. In between coats there's even been time for some finishing touches inside, such as building storage for the plates and bowls, a new shelve in my galley cupboard, finishing the floor in Tara's cabin and much more. All in all there is never a shortage of jobs and projects but most importantly it's awesome seeing each area coming together and dare I say starting to look 'finished'. Here are some photos of the progress:
After a few weeks of prep we spent yesterday once again with the final prep and masked the boat for the last time as we prepared to topcoat on the deck for the last time...what an exciting moment! Here are a few pics of the primer coat stages that some of you may have seen on our Facebook page. As always the primer we use is Jotun Penguard.
And the final result looks like this. As always, topcoat is Hardtop Ultra by Jotun in Pearl Grey. We are quite chuffed with how she looks :-)
And because it's been an early finish today we may have made a decision on the floor finishing of the interior and did a little trial in Tara's cabin. Far from finished but looking good!
Next week brings a bit more time to focus on some projects inside while we are waiting on the topcoat to cure properly. Saying that, it won't be long before we can start fitting portholes, hatches and start on the non-skid so watch this space for lots more exciting pics soon...
With the aft cockpit finished and the focus moving further forward on the deck it was time to make a decision on the forward cockpit. For months we've been scratching our heads whether we should leave it as is or drop the cockpit floor to make it a more usable cockpit, give us the option to make it a more comfortable entrance and to 'use up' the dead area above the generator and engine inside. And so it began...
And then there was a giant hole where there once was a cockpit :-) As you can see the working area is all masked in on the inside to keep the dust at bay! Part of the original entrance/hatch will be re-used but moved further forward. And then a new cockpit floor emerged...
Once the new floor was glued, glassed and faired, the sanding started all over until it was time for the primer coat...
And now Peter is busy making all the required repairs, modifications and fitting the new portholes in preparation for the last prep before painting the last remaining gloss! So watch this space for some more pictures following in the next few weeks of a much better looking foredeck :-)
Last few weekends we've put a few more of the toe rails down besides other jobs. Peter has kept busy with more repairs on the aft deck and put a few more fittings on and has been getting all the prep done for another big new shiny hatch to go in on the deck for access to the transom.
With all that done it was time to test our color choice for the non-skid some more and the first few coats of non-skid went on the aft deck. We are pretty stoked with how it looks and can't wait to get more areas done! With a lot of work still to be done on the boat we are very much aware that we will have to put a few final coats on once all the work is completed.
This weekend we are getting more of the bolts, nuts and washers ready for the next lot of toe rails as well as prepping the genoa and main sail tracks, ready for painting them over the next week. Here are just a few pics that I took with my phone today of the non-skid, toe rails and one showing half of our new aft entrance hatch (we are still waiting on hinges to arrive) ...
It's been a busy few weeks finishing off the windows in the dodger/hard top as well as prepping the aft cockpit for painting. We had to decide on a colour for the non-skid so we also finished the transom by painting the non-skid which was in a bid to try out our colour choice for the non skid :-)
In the aft cockpit there were a few repairs to be made, holes to be filled and teak to be repaired and replaced. Also, the aft entrance has had some finishing touches, awaiting only the final fit of the new acrylic hatch and washboard (not the one in the pics). New hatches have been fitted for the aft cabins as well as one under the shelter of the dodger. The helm pedestal has been removed, painted and all the relevant parts serviced as well as all bearings and seals changed. New caulking seams in the teak, the teak has been sanded and most importantly all the entire aft cockpit has been top coated and had a few coats of non-skid. The aft stainless support is in place and we have put the first toe rail back on the deck today. As it always seems to go, the first one is the hardest and we shall be a lot quicker and better prepared for the rest, which we will be fitting over the next few weekends.
The next step is to get the entire aft deck area sorted with some holes from old fittings etc. to be closed, a new deck hatch to be fitted for access to the transom and yes - more painting! But it is all starting to look awesome and we both can't believe what a massive change it has been from what it looked like just a few months ago to now - incredible!
Condensation is our main enemy at present, so Peter will be putting up a proper second 'ceiling' into the shed tomorrow to keep the drips and moisture at bay. I will be posting pictures again soon once a few more of the toe rails are in place and once we have a bit more of the deck painted and the new entrance hatch in place. Here are a few pictures of the aft cockpit, the dodger/hard top and the transom for you to check out: