On Wednesday (a few days ago now) we sailed from Ao Chalong to Boat Lagoon. It was a great 17nm sail, hard on the wind for most of the time in a 10-15 knot NE breeze.
|Zen Again track|
|Following the leader into Boat Lagoon|
On Thursday morning Scott, Managing Director of Precision Shipwrights visited to take a look at the boat while it was still in the water. We discussed the list of tasks we need carried out and I formed a very good impression of Scott. Seems to know his stuff. At 1100 Zen Again was hauled out onto the hardstand. I spent the rest of the day continuing to strip equipment from the deck before taking a taxi to my hotel. The Escape de Phuket hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride from Boat Lagoon - a brand new boutique hotel with nice rooms for less than A$30/night. In the evening I received estimates for the major tasks from Scott - hull/keel repair, osmosis treatment, topsides painting and deck repainting.
|Ready for haul out|
|Weeping cracks around hull/keel join|
On Saturday morning I disconnected electrical wiring from the mast and removed all electrical equipment from the old pushpit. I also restowed a huge amount of gear in the cabin so that Scott's crew will have unfettered access to the deck. They will remove all deck gear before painting.
On Sunday morning I used a large hammer to dislodge the seized windlass, then cleaned, lubricated and reassembled it. I slackened off the rig so the mast unstepping will be quicker when it happens. Then I removed the coachroof headliner in the cabin, again to provide Scott's crew access to deck gear.
|A small portion of the gear offloaded into storage|
A busy few days since arriving, but the refit is shaping up well. I'm now convinced there's no need for me to oversee the work, so can return to Perth much earlier than expected. Less positively it seems likely the boat will have to dry out for several months as part of the osmosis treatment, so the boat will stay in SE Asia for most if not all of 2013.
Trust all's well where you are!