Week ending 3 August 2008
I was up at
6 and compounded and waxed the hull. It is not the best polish job in history,
especially where I had to get round the palm tree they have put the bow right
up against. It will give the boat some protection; especially when I start to
sand the bottom for the antifoul.
By 9 I was
showered and in the pool, the rest of the morning disappeared in moving the
washing around as it dried and generally tidying.
across to dominoes and then came back and cooked a meal, my first since 3 weeks
ago when I had fish and chips before catching the coach to the airport. I have
been surviving on a few rolls and cereal. Tonight I had roast chicken, roast
potatoes, yorkshire pudding and bisto gravy; with a cold Lemon and lime light
with angostura bitters to wash it down. I have to say it was all amazing, if
food was always this good I would do it more often.
going to see the solar panel fitted, as I could not get the fittings I needed I
would have two tubes welded on. I took the sprayhood off completely and
carried the frame round to the welders. The guy I had used previously could
not do it before Thursday and seemed to be making it complicated, so I tried
the second place, who could not do it until Wednesday and both of them said I
would need to buy the fittings, this just seemed to be doubling the cost, so I
had to make other plans.
I took the
frame back and then set off; I checked on the outboard on the way and he would
let me know this week; it had been promised for last week, the day was not
I went to
Budget and bought two fittings, very discounted, that would give a different
dimension to the installation. They had two jaw fittings in stock, but could
only find one. I set off for Peakes. I was greeted by lots of workers that I
knew from last year, I had to admit that I was at Coral Cove and would not be
hauling out here. Peakes had nothing remotely useful and so I went and bought
the 1 fitting from Budget.
I phoned Echo
for two pieces of aluminium bar, which they would deliver. I could not
progress without the bars and tried to come up with a temporary alternative to
the missing fitting.
remembered the loaf I had started hours before and left to rise, but where was
it, I usually put it under the sprayhood. The sprayhood that had been off and
on and up and down all morning. I found the loaf stuck to the clean tea towel
it was under, but it was ok enough to put into a dish and into the oven.
the chicken I had cooked yesterday with some of the bread; which was
surprisingly reasonable considering all it had gone through, but with a very
thick crust and generally I don’t do crusts.
Jim took me down to Echo as he had never been there and wanted to finish up the
old fuel in his outboard tank. Just as we were approaching the dinghy dock
Echo phoned me and said the driver was just leaving to deliver the bars- no.
I went back
to Budget and got there a few minutes before they closed and bought two more
fittings, but the 1”, whereas really I needed 7/8”, but I have two
spare shims to take up the space.
rather depressed with so little achieved and so continued with the task.
By 6.30 I
was the proud owner of 2 bars with holes drilled for each end fitting and the
solar panel, I have to cut the sprayhood to fit the bars and the fittings so I
shall finish this tomorrow. It felt good to end the day on a positive note.
I had a
shower and a swim and then had two of my little cakes with custard, they were
very nice although I think they would be too dry without the custard.
shorepower keeps tripping out.
July 29, 2008
We have a
maintenance Net at 7.30 and I listened to that. Wifi aerials is a current
topic and I Mike is following this up, I shall be interested to see what he
chooses. I did ask about the spark plug for my outboard and was able to
confirm that I am running the correct one.
It took a
while, but I fitted the bars to the sprayhood and the solar panel to the bars
and it looks wonderful. I have to resew the sprayhood, but I can do that
electrician came back, but the two things that had been playing up would not
when he was there, so I think I have sorted it all.
the fenders and all the other stuff that was on the top and washed the boat
down for the first time. It was nearly 1 and I was whacked. I had a lie down
for an hour and then spent an hour tidying the inside of the boat. It is
beginning to look like it should, except for the things I was storing in the
bathroom and the back cabin.
I got the
orbital sander out and sanded the strip of boat where I am raising the
waterline, then I went on and sanded the entire bottom. I was filthy with red
and black old antifoul and had a scrub in the shower and then a wonderful
swim. What am I going to do when I launch and have no pool, the water in the
bay is not somewhere you want to swim.
7pm bed, I
have a busy day tomorrow.
July 30, 2008
to start at 6.45. I washed the hull down and painted the primer on the new
Then it was
off to collect the outboard. It was all gloom and doom with how bad a
condition it was in and how much he had had to do, and how it had taken him
longer to service my 1.5hp than a 15hp. I could see the cost escalating before
my eyes, but it came to 700TT, which is fine if it is going to give me a good
season’s working. The engine started easily for the technician and we
took it to the dinghy dock and put it on the dinghy. I knew I was scared of
starting it, the technician soon realised this and even the engine knows, it
would not start for me. Eventually it did, although he says a 2 stroke would
be easier for me. I was ok once it was going and I went round to get 4 litres
of petrol, 25p a litre, tourist prices, but cheaper than the UK. I have
promised to only use clean fuel and will filter and treat it before I put it
I put on the
first coat of antifoul and managed to get round the boat in 1 tin, and some of
it even went on the boat, the rest was on me. I went for a shower. I had to
scrub the paint with a pumice stone, I am a bit raw, but anything is better
than what I did last year. I used the thinners and the burning pain was
excruciating and I had to stay under the cold shower until it had died down. I
was back at the boat by 2 and too exhausted to do anything else.
Jim took his
dinghy for a run to the other side and I paid my electricians invoice, with a
healthy discount the price was reasonable. This was lucky because the cash
machine was not working.
the Raymarine dealer, still no news on the autopilot.
Back to the
boat and just collapsed. And I thought I could get a second coat on today.
the old antifoul off the propeller, had a quick shower and set off for the bus,
today I was going to the other big supermarket. In one and a half hours I had
spent 2600TT, which seems a lot of money, I have 72 litres of bottled water in
the bilges, all my supplies for the season ahead; now all I need to buy are
things like eggs and butter as I go along.
It took me a
long time to unpack everything and stack it away, hopefully sensibly and where
I can find it.
I was going
to put a second coat of antifoul on this afternoon, but I was too tired.
August 01, 2008
Today is a
holiday, Emancipation Day. No holiday for me. By 8 I had put the second coat
on the hull. I then sanded the prop back to the brass. It looked lovely for
about 30 seconds until I started repainting it. I had to put 4 coats of
different products each one hour apart. Once that was done I could get cleaned
up, have a swim and rest for a bit.
was dark and thunder and lightning and heavy rain. After the rain I found the
strength to cook a meal and cleared the back cabin.
fitted the backing plates on the winch and put the ceiling panels back
together. There is one more winch to be backed in the cockpit locker, but that
will have to wait. The curve of the fiberglass made these last two very
I went for a
second swim, it is an excuse to do nothing for a while.
is still more off than on and the electricity has gone out again.
August 02, 2008
I took off
the prop and hull anodes, I was going to replace them both. The one on the
hull did not look too worn, but had been on since 2004. I was missing my cable
reel that I stand on, Damien, dockmaster, said that it went off in a dinghy
yesterday, I am quite upset about that. I use it to stand on and it was to be
a rope drum afterwards.
I went to
buy new anodes, the small one had gone up since last year from 44TT to 51TT,
the large one was nearly 1000TT, I did not have enough money and only bought
the one for the prop. I still had the original one that I took off in 2004 and
I would put that back on as there is a lot of wear left in it.
my props and I gave the red squares a quick sand and a coat of antifoul and
another one on the prop.
the spanner on the outside of the anode and I tightened up the nuts on the
seemed to take a long time and it was hot. I decided to finish up the antifoul
and do an extra coat round the waterline, keel, rudder and leading edges and
the bare space round the new, old, anode. That is all the paint used up. I
did one final coat on the prop, although that was different red paint and with
the blue from the brush it is a stripey purple mix, but I am sure it will be ok
once it is in the water.
I had to go and
scrub the paint off me and throw the clothes away and then a quick dip in the
pool to relax.
It is now
looking possible to launch on Monday.
It was 3pm
and I thought I could put the engine back together. The fuel pre-filter has
been a nightmare ever since I bought the boat, why did they put it in such a
difficult position. If I could think where to move it I would have done before
now, but I ripped its support off the bulkhead and now I have to put it
somewhere else. I can only move it up 1”, but I hope it will make it
possible to drain the water from the bowl.
kept leaking diesel every time I filled it; I think I have sorted it, but now I
can’t get the filter off the fitting as it is slippery and the fitting is
not attached to the wall. Today I tried to do too much and struggled for too
long among diesel fumes. I will have to have another go in the morning when I
have daylight and should be in a better mood. I do not have to launch on
Monday, I can give myself another few days.