Rain stops play

April 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Was all set for a good weekend of working on the boat and left Bristol with the van packed at just gone 9am. Neglected to check the weather though and was surprised to encounter thick fog on the Mendips.  Really thick fog, and loads of people too scared to drive over 35mph….

Sped up a little through Yeovil, and then back to a crawl behind a lorry over the Dorset Downs again shrouded in thick fog/low cloud.  Eventually descended down to a the foggy, damp boatyard just gone 12.30pm.  Normally it takes 2 hours door to door.

My left arm was feeling strong and without pain so I thought I’d crack on with the bottom of the boat, rather than the cabin (and besides, if I’m honest I don’t really like going up the ladder… and it was quite windy)

So after my scrub off with some car shampoo and a scrubbing brush the other week hadn’t really done much for the sling marks or waterline staining, I cracked on with the topsides and some cleaning products, got absolutely drenched, it started raining lightly…. then everyone around me started leaving and saying that really heavy rain was forecast for Sunday. Then it started raining heavily… and even the man near me had to give up with his powertools and go home.

Dammit, I was soggy, cold and a damp night in the back of the van wasn’t very appealing (so I must still be nursing the neck).  I gave it up and came home in the end.

I feel I have made some progress though, and I have had a good look at the hull after the sand blasting.  Found a few blisters under the boot top, which explains why it had been raised – I always thought it was a bit high as she sat in the water! I sought counsel from  a few of my neighbours (love the camaraderie in boatyards!) on whether to epoxy or not and the decision is that it’s a good opportunity now the hull’s clean.  So that’s more items to go on the list of works.  Some off, and some on… It’s a journey though, right?

Fingers crossed for good weather Easter weekend.

Here’s a video.  Just wish I could find the motivation to clean my house with this much enthusiasm…

Moules Frites?

April 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

My insurance has just come round for renewal (which must mean I have now owned Duet for 2 years!) and my automatic renewal from CETA has come in at £141 odd.

This is a substantial increase on last year despite 2 years no claims now …and I don’t think it covers over 13 miles offshore anyway; and if you go from Weymouth to Dartmouth straight across Lyme Bay you are more than 13 miles off in the middle!

So I’ve just called GWJ for a quote and after answering lots of questions about the value of my outboard and whether I have a trailer, and what’s my dinghy worth, the nice lady listened with interest to my 2 years no claims bonus, and details of my Yachtmaster Theory and Powerboat Level 2 qualifications.  I was given a quote for £115 with a £150 excess for a total boat value of just under £5k fully comp.  This would cover me for all waters of the UK; so down to Scilly, and even over to Northern Ireland.  However, when I asked about cover for across to France I was told a flat ‘no’.  Apparently they don’t insure boats under 24 foot cross channel. So no to France and the Channel Islands.  No, no, no: The boat is too small.  The lady said I could put the boat on a trailer and take it on the ferry.  I said it kinda wasn’t the same, but she didn’t laugh. I could tell she thought I was a bit crazy.

So I asked the Oracle of all things Hurley and within minutes I had a suggestion to try Euromarine who apparently are one of the few who will cover Brest to Elbe, including all parts of the Channel, for boats under 24 foot.  I rang them and spoke to another nice lady who took my details and although she had to go and check with the underwriters for confirmation she came back and said they would cover me fully comp for UK Inland and Coastal Waters including Continental waters from Brest to Elbe including the Isles of Scilly for a cost of £133.64 which included No Claims Discount and IPT.  This is with a £100 excess, and on a total value of £4250 (not sure how it came in different, but at the end of the day my purchase cost was £3k and I’ve added equipment).  I did have to provide a scan of the Pre-Launch Report I had done by a Surveyor when I bought the boat in 2012.

So I’ve gone with them… Maybe Moules Frites after all?  …Maybe to supplement the pasties.

Moules Frites

Photo stolen from TripAdvisor.fr

March Update

April 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

Well, that’s March gone already… I’ve been pretty busy with work, trying to bank some money so I can take some time off this summer to go sailing.  I have also managed to get myself a disc bulge in my neck, which has caused a lot of pain and weakness in my left arm.  It’s not been fun, but with some pretty intensive Chiropractic care i’m well on the mend now and my Chiro promises I will be fixed in time for launch day (now only 6 weeks away!).

Because of the neck/arm thing, progress has slowed.   I’ve been to the boat a few times though and have opened up the outboard well.  It had been blocked with a piece of plastic and quite alot of expanding foam.  In the middle of the foam I also found the depth sounder transducer with a layer of moisture between it and the hull… Which explains why that didn’t work properly! I’ve found an article in a back issue of PBO on how to bed it properly in car filler so I will do that somewhere in the bilge.

Otherwise, I spent half a day gingerly scraping the old antifouling, covering myself in a fine blue dust (though I wore goggles, a mask and overalls).  It was coming off in chunks, but was still a horrid job. I reckon it would have needed another day at scraping, and probably another good few hours filling the inevitable gouges and sanding.  So what with my bad neck n’all I’ve gone and had it sand blasted.  It cost £300 but should save alot of time, and chiropractic bills.

I’ve also scrubbed the topsides, ready for the iroko rubbing strake to be sanded and oiled, and the topsides polished and waxed once my neck is better.

Hurley 22 Sails

Here’s a picture from last summer of my grubby sails. Apparently they will come back ‘like new’. Can’t wait

Inside, nothing much more has been done, though I have had a little go at scraping off the glue and foam backing which wasn’t so easy as I’d hoped.  But I’ve bought some wire brush attachments for the drill (on the advice of the Hurley Owners Yahoo Group) so that should make it easier.

I have been down to Clevedon to see Dick at R&J Sails to drop off a dodger as a pattern.  The sails had unfortunately come back from the laundry looking unwashed but were being sent back again. He’s hoping to get them back to me by mid-April.  I said there was no rush as we won’t be going back in til May.

I think, however, the sand blasting has taken the budget for a sprayhood and I’ve been having second thoughts.  The boom’s quite low, and I don’t know how it would look or fit well, and if it would cause a problem with visibilty forward.  Will have a think on this too.


I also went to the Dorset Boat Jumble last weekend.  Came away with this little haul:

25ft of 6mm chain – £5
Danforth Anchor – £20
Bundle of red chord (string is always useful…) – £1
Outboard lifting harness – £4
Nice piece of iroko (to sand up and then mount the clock/barometer on and hit the hole in the bulkhead) – £3
2 pairs of new Barbour socks (rrp £30 each!) – £6
A new stripey Lazy Jacks sweatshirt (rrp £59.99) – £20
9m of netting for front stantions, and internal storage – £22.50

I clearly didn’t take my list (socks?!)… But still got a few bargains. 

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