Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th
We hauled out at Marina Rubicon on Wednesday morning (27th
After 3 hard day’s work Stella is now back in the water
looking very smart with her new coat of antifouling. After pressure
washing the hull, we ‘wet and dried’ all the flaking areas
Pressure washing the bottom whilst in the travel hoist
Sanding down the bottom with wet & dry sandpaper – not
a fun task, but less unpleasant than in the cold UK.
We then painted her with antifouling paint (a special
horrible paint that stops the weed and barnacles growing).
We primed the flaking areas before painting with
After priming the first side Mary managed to get quite a lot
on her hands as it dripped down the brush, partly as the old half full tin had
gone a bit thick. We didn’t realise we needed special antifouling
thinners so when she tried to wash it off it simply spread all over her hands
like thick silver nail varnish. Luckily she caught one of the guys from
the boat yard just before he went home and he gave her a tin of thinners and
some latex gloves, otherwise I don’t know what we would have done.
By the time we got to the second side we were getting much better though.
Luckily the boat yard had very good showers as we both still managed to get
covered in blue spots of paint which still hasn’t all come off!
Putting on the masking tape ready for painting
The previous owners (Gill & Mike) kept every part of
Stella in sparkling condition, including the propeller which you can’t normally
see. Alan tries to restore it to it forms glory.
After half a day of cleaning and polishing the end
Nearly ready for launch
Mary touching up the areas where the cradle was resting
whilst Stella hangs in the strops from the travel hoist just before launching.
Painting the underneath of the keel - a rather
disconcerting task which provides an unusual view of Stella!
Marina Rubicon was great a place to do the work. We had
loads of room around the boat and gantry’s to work from whilst painting and
polishing. There were even posh showers we could use whilst living
Compared to our usual relaxed lifestyle the last few days
have been very hard work, but Stella is looking great with her ‘new bottom’
which should see us through the next year. We plan to spend the next
couple of days relaxing and will possibly hire a car for a day to explore
Lanzarote. We then want to find a peaceful anchorage off Fuerteventura
for a few nights before making for Las Palmas and the big build up to the ARC.