It has not been a particularly cold winter, but it has been grey and damp and I lost a bit of boat “restoration motivation”. This was partly because I had so many problems with the Perkins after an “official service”. New, more competent engineers have made the engine ready for many miles ahead with a full service.
- · The Borg Warner velvet drive system has had the bearings replaced.
- · There is a new shaft gland and stern-tube to replace the old unreliable ceramic cutlass bearing.
- · The tanks have been steam cleaned and inspection hatches laser-cut out.
- · New wiring to the starter motor and reduction in cable run length and a dedicated starter batter with a 1-2-both switch.
- · New water pump
- · New alternator to replace the dynamo
- · Full service and spare parts audit
Maybe a break has been a good things as now I feel reinvigorated and the pressure is on to get her ready for the season. There are a number of things that really need to be done urgently:
- · The roller reefing genoa jams; I think this will be an up-the-mast job.
- · The chart table needs to be rebuilt in order to let the drawer underneath work.
- · I still have deck leaks!!! Need get this sorted.
- · AIS cable and antenna needs to be run
- · Galley needs to be finished-off
- · Heads rebuild and holding tank fitted
- · New saloon bunk cushions
- · New control panel in the cockpit
- · Rutland serviced to stop bearing noise
I think I will stop now…. You get the idea. I could go on and on and on. At least I started by adding new dodgers to the cockpit. A relatively easy task.