The boat has finally been moved from the hard back into the water and the following is a bit of an update since the last time we blogged on the status of the refit and upgrades that are currently being completed to the boat by Blackline Marine.
The bottom was cleaned and painted with a Petit product.
New seacocks and thruhull backing plates were bolted and epoxied in and have been installed. The old ones were of questionable condition and destined for the recycling bin in the sky. It was found that some could not be closed properly or fell apart as they were checked. In replacing the sink seacock, Blackline Marine had to replace all the plumbing and the sink drain as the fitting was so corroded it fell apart when the hose was removed.
We also had a macerator installed (which will draw ~ 16 amps) and will only be used when we are connected to a power source, or when the engine is running. In speaking of the sacred head, the holding tank (which we never used) was dried and caked up (interesting term, not mine but Blackline’s) and has been replaced along with the plumbing. “Shitty” set up I believe was the other technical term used to describe our head.
The fore and aft whisker chainplates have been rebedded. The fore whisker chainplate were behind some ceiling boards up in the v-berth area and when removed some of these boards were damaged slightly. This is something that was easily fixed, after some skilled and imaginative approaches to get access to them in the v-berth area by the Blackline crew. Little cover plates were made to go over the holes which will provide us access to the bolts in the future. The port and starboard chainplates were in good shape and they were cleaned and reinstalled. The whisker stays, bobstay, backstays…basically all the the stays and standing rigging have been replaced. We also had a SSB insulator installed on the backstay.
Mast work is still ongoing – the mast has been stripped and is waiting in the shop for the paint booth to be available for a new paint job. This will likely be this week or next. The main boom and staysail boom are being stripped and parts have been ordered for the new rigging. While reviewing the boat setup, Brent with Blackline noticed that our reefing system on the boom for the mainsail is double ended and a bit unusual. The idea is to move all the reefing system to the starboard side of the boom. In addition, a low profile horn might be put into place on the mast with the wire run to one of the pre-existing old lights that was being removed from the mast.
Ah yes, the fun part of owning an older boat. It needs lots of tender loving care. Can you hear the money bell ringing? – Rob & Sophia