Work Begins 2015

March 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Just back from 3 days down the boatyard, making a good start on this year’s list.  Managed to cross a few things off, which is nice even though much of this early work feels like destruction rather than fixing things. “You can’t make an omelette” I guess…

Three main areas were shuffled along in progress along their respective journeys; the first was the water tank which I finally managed to get open by drilling out the inspection hatch. Hurley 22s generally have a moulded fibreglass water tank in the bow, and I’d not been able to get the hatch open previously. It was predictably grim and mouldy inside, and it did seem to have a crack as I had expected (it leaks). The outlet pipe is copper and is sealed with some very suspect looking sikaflex, also a potential source of a leak .  I’m not sure what to do with it now, the uppper ‘lid’ is very stuck down with sikaflex and a crazy amount of screws.  I think to get that off to refurbish it is a bit of a task and to be honest having seen the mould I probably wouldn’t want to drink from it, even cleaned up.  The other option I’d thought about was to use the space with a flexible liner.  I’ve heard of people having problems with them splitting and leaking, but we had one for 20 years with little trouble, other than ‘taint’ and cleaning problems. I might just clean out the space and use it as a tin locker, or somewhere to store bottled water.  I did notice Duet’s trim was a little off last year with the outboard in the back of the boat so it would be good to try filling it with something heavy.

Here’s some pictures:

The second area was trying to sort out the leak that comes in the cabin roof.  It was a bit of a case of one step forwards, two steps back and the easiest answer I think would be to get a spray hood.

I made a video to try to explain it:

Finally, I cleared the stern ready to fit the Navik. The outboard bracket came off with a bit of assistance from a friend as it was bolted on and needed someone outside to turn the bolts and inside to hold the nuts.  Then it was just a case of levering off the wooden block which was stuck in place with some mastic. It’s nice to have that ugly thing off… Even if it is only a brief interlude before I get the Navik on there. I’m hoping the yellow stain will go with some oxalic acid.

Hurley 22 Duet's Stern

Before and After

Apart from that I also washed off, de-stained and then waxed the topsides …and also sanded off and repainted the blocks that the halyard winches and jammers are on. I used Superdec, as I had some left over from the interior last year. It is made for exterior window frames after all… Still felt like a bit of a maverick rebel though.

Good weekend’s progress all in all.

Codi Hwyl

March 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

There’s a lovely series on BBC iPlayer at the moment called Codi Hwyl (which apparently means ‘Raise the Sails’).  It’s two bickering blokes, of your average sailing demographic, having a pretty blokey little holiday on their yacht, and the first instalment sees them sailing across the Irish Sea from Pembroke to Southern Ireland. I found it interesting as they end up in Baltimore (in Episode 3) and it’s interesting to see that piece of the coast.  It looks beautiful, and wild, though Cape Clear does look a bit “choppy”…

It is pretty much all in Welsh, with the odd muttered expletive in English, but down the bottom right of the screen there is an ‘S’ which will turn the English subtitles on.

The boat is a 1970 Halcyon 27 (which is actually for sale here if you’re in the market…) so stuff breaks and they have engine problems, and adding this to the usual mooring “challenges” and their constant bickering, it’s a pretty accurate insight into a summer cruise (maybe apart from the goat milking and yurts and stuff) I think.  Not my summer cruise though, I sail alone…

Definitely worth a watch one evening, but it’s time limited so be quick, and it might not be available outside of the UK.

Codi Hwyl

Between Places

March 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm

One evening last week I was bored by TV offerings and took to Vimeo to try to find something interesting to watch and I just have to share this gem I found with you.

There is something in common between the arts of climbing and sailing.
The sea and the hills offer challenges to those who venture upon them and the acceptance of these and the meeting of them as best he can lies in the sailors or mountaineers reward.
HW TILLMAN

So as I run my own outdoor clothing company I’ve had enough contact with climbers and mountaineers to recognise that they often seem to feel exactly the same way about mountains as I do the sea, so when this quote was shown at the opening of ‘Between Places‘ it really struck a chord with me and I was hooked.

‘Between Places’ is billed as ‘An Adventurous documentary about Arctic mountaineering and sailing along the Greenland coast’ but that doesn’t really do it justice at all.  It is beautifully shot, with stunning scenes. Even on my little iPad it was breathtaking. Importantly though too, it’s great story telling. I loved the human aspect as well as the landscape shots.

I do recommend you find time to watch it. There is something in common between the arts of climbing and sailing.

Between Places (English subtitles) from Pixl Family on Vimeo.

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