Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Mooloolaba Work Nearly Complete?

Zen Again is still alongside the work jetty at Lawrie's Boat Services.  We're booked to have the mast stepped at 1330 tomorrow.  Wish us luck!  If all goes well we'll be in the yacht club marina tomorrow evening.

Fabrication of our mast repairs has been carried out by Aqua-Tec, based on advice from rigger Greg Gilliam and project managed by Adam Ashby.  Here are some photos...

New mounting plates, deck light and polished lower spreaders
Reinforced upper spreader trailing edge
And here's a photo of the masthead featuring a new VHF antenna and no wind instrument...

New masthead fittings
On the engine front, we now have a new exhaust system and the engine is being fully serviced by Adam Ashby's mechanics.  The water pump bearings and seal are being replaced, and we've replaced the high-pressure oil pipes as well as the usual oil, filters etc.  Replacing the exhaust was an adventure since the old wetbox/waterlock was hidden in a compartment behind the engine.  Yours truly was the only person skinny enough to get at it...

Old waterlocks (metal unit in foreground and blue plastic in background)
Old waterlock removed from "coffin-like" compartment
New Vetus waterlock (grey plastic) installed
While the local experts have been at work we've got a number of jobs done ourselves.  Installed two new water bladders in the forepeak, doubling our fresh water capacity.  Installed an electric bilge pump controller which provides central control over bilge pumps in the head, main cabin and engine sump.  Removed and lubricated the Aries vane gear.  Fabricated a new floor to fit in the lazarette to support the life raft.  Polished the deck gelcoat and stainless fittings.

In short, if we get any more jobs done the to-do list will be looking positively short, which can't be a good thing.  Nearly time to go sailing again!

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