Originally Posted by karl
Just wondering how your plans are going?
I had planned to leave this month from Mooloolaba to New Cal but work, and life, had other plans...
Would love to learn how your plans are going...
Well - things are progressing. Mico is on the hard and we have just had engine mounts installed under the new Iveco (previous owners installed a new motor but rather than take the time to do it properly, just bolted it straight to the engine bed - no such things as good vibrations here! The engineers took a good while to work out just how to do it as the engine is larger that the original and required 6 custom made stainless brackets and feet - all different. All done now but still have to turn it over - final adjustments in water next week.
We sanded the hull back to the gelcoat as it had been neglected a bit in years past. 4 coats of 2 pack epoxy highbuild, sand between each coat, key coat overtop and then 4 coats of antifoul. New feathering prop installed and I am in the process of installing new teak cap rails all round. Took a while steaming the curves as we have a double ender - but looking good.
Problem today painting the boot strap - attempted brushing a two pack polyester - looks crap after the first coat - then discovered that we could get it sprayed. I am very adept at spraying 2 pack but was told that the yard does not allow owners to spray. It has to be done by a contractor with the proper licences. I'll organise that tomorrow and I wouldn't be surprised if we end up getting the entire hull above the waterline resprayed as there are a few fractures in the gelcoat and a couple of dents. As we are out of the water and have removed all rego and name decals - we might as well.
Which brings me to an interesting observation for all our fellow yachties out there.
I cannot remember just how many boats I have had out of the water over the years - from 16' trailer sailers to a 56' Roberts Ketch. Sanding, priming, spraying, antifouling - we all know the rituals!
I spoke yesterday with a company up here who will sand blast, fill, fair, 4 coats of high build sprayed primer, 2 key coats and 4 antifoul coats as well as spraying the hull above the water line - all for $7000.
Considering our aching backs, epoxied hair, and elongated paint stained arms - I tell you what I'll be doing next time! When you do the sums and add up all the paints, sand paper, sanders and the daily hard stand rate - not to mention the pen fees we are still paying - it's got to be worth looking at someone else doing the hard yards in a 3rd of the time we would take. Frankly - I'm getting too old for all this!
So - back in the water next week - new cruising shute ordered and solar panel - some shake down cruises and then head off end of Feb. We figure a casual sail over a month and a half down to Coffs through old sailing grounds (Whitsundays), then reprovision and swing out to New Caledonia, Vanautu and see what happens from there. More than happy to cruise in company with any other yachts from Cairns to Coffs or even out to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
So in answer to your question - round about I know, plans are all good.
I'll include some new pics next log in.