Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Boat Jobs In Paradise

Right through March we've worked hard on boat maintenance. Ley repaired the small wear/tear in the genoa’s grey sacrificial cloth. Then it was her turn to go up the mast and sew four new leather (pigskin) boots on the spreader tips.

We hauled the boat out of the water and antifouled Crystal Blues bottom, at Rebak Island Marina. Last time we applied paint it was Jotun Sea Guardian, at Yamba in January 2005. Exactly 2 years later the antifoul just stopped working. There weren’t too many surprises on the hull. Yes, paint had been damaged here and there, but we had been in flood on the Clarence River in northern NSW and up and down the Rajang River and its tributaries in Borneo. The battle scars from logs, trees and general rubbish were evident. These were all dealt with after the hull was wet sanded by Ley. Neil cleaned up the hull, shaft and the prop and soon we were ready for the painting. This time we applied Jotun Sea Force 90.

In between coats of paint we dismantled the aft raw water inlet manifold, cleaned out the barnacle growth and rebuilt the manifold. New hose was obtained and installed, and every thru-hull checked for growth. This effectively ended our pump gremlins. Other works included repairing paint and timber damage on our rear steps, removing and replacing damaged insulation in the base of our refrigerator, replacing all anodes and servicing the PSS Shaft Seal.

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