Sitrep 13/6/14

June 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

Situation Report for 13th June 2014

Duet Hurley 22

I’ve been busy… Have spent pretty much the last 2 weeks down at the boat and have done alot, but there is still much to do.

It’s a matter of priorities now: what has to be done before launch and what can possibly wait: what is necessary for safety and what is a ‘nice to have’.

So the inside is finished, painted and carpeted… Bar a bit of finishing off.

And the bottom has had its 4 coats of epoxy, and one of antifouling (just needs another one). To be honest it looks better than I ever hoped!

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that the mast is down. That’s a long and complicated saga, and I’m going to do a whole post on that when I get a minute (and some video of inside work too).

Nonetheless, here is the list of remaining works that must be done before re-launch (hopefully at the end of next week). This concentrates on the basic essentials of rig, hull, engine and navigation.


  • Fit new cap shrouds (being made up now)
  • Fit new spreaders (being made up now)
  • Replace all clevis pins
  • Re-rivet foot of mast and cap (rigger to do)
  • Replace VHF cable in mast.
  • Re-tape electrical connections (have already been tested and work)
  • Step mast
  • Adjust rigging


  • Finish antifouling
  • Refit one through hull and seacock (one already done!)


  • Make sure lights work
  • Make sure depth/log/gps work
  • Install new VHF
  • Sort out anchor
  • Buy new outboard and get it aboard!

The rest, I think can be done on route. After all, they do say that cruising is just boat maintenance in new places…


Bloody Rain…

May 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

I’m sat here in Bristol watching the rain spatter against the window, with a tidy house, the house sitter has been furnished with his key (and is due to move in tomorrow), and I am itching to get down to the boat to get on with the 4 coats of epoxy and 2 of antifouling that she needs before relaunch (booked for next Tuesday!). As well as all the interior work I need to finish to get her back to habitable (let alone sailable!).

But it’s raining, and besides, I have the dregs of a nasty cold I picked up last week at Keswick Mountain Festival where the weather was glorious and I sat on my stall for 3 days with a fabulous view of Derwent Water, Catbells and Skiddaw, reading a dog eared copy of Atlantic Britain by Paul Nicholson which a neighbour back at Beaulieu Boat Jumble had given to me. It was a great read, but I just knew the weather wouldn’t hold!


So here we are. We’ve had a washout Bank Holiday weekend (which I spent cleaning the house). Looking at the forecast it is going to continue to rain for the next few days and I feel kind of stuck. I need it dry to paint with epoxy, and although there is stuff I could get on with inside it needs electrics and I’m a long way from the sockets in the yard so need a double extension lead which is not waterproof. Also I need to sleep in the van, which is not much fun in the rain as (like the boat) you can’t really escape getting wet and bringing wet into the van, and then of course you get cold. And with the dregs of this cold still lingering I don’t want to get more sick or miserable… And anyway the dog hates the rain: If she’s miserable, I’m miserable.

So I am going to go off and get my sails from Clevedon this afternoon at least, and I may bring the bilge boards in from the shed for a final few coats of varnish in the kitchen.

If we’re honest though, it looks like I’m probably not going to make 3rd June… Which is not the end of the world as I’m actually paid up til 13th June, and a close friend has decided quite last minute to have a 40th birthday party after all (after a period of denial I think) on the weekend of the 10-11th June, which is a bit of a logistical nightmare as it is in Wiltshire, but I can’t not go really. We will be ready when we are ready.

In the meantime, I tried out a recipe over the weekend which I think will translate very well to the boat. It uses veggies that store very well un-refrigerated, and I think it would go very well with mackerel (you hear me? ;-). I’m trying to think of healthy stuff to supplement the standard yachting fare of Fray Bentos and Fish and Chips, and this fits the bill rather well.

It was really tasty and quite robust.  I made far too much, though it kept well for a good few days staying crunchy til the end!

Raw Cabbage Salad

Very sharp knife needed

Raw Salad

2 parts white cabbage finely sliced
1 part carrot grated or finely ‘julienned’
1 red onion
1 mango excavated, and chopped
Bunch of parsley
Bunch of corriander
Mixed seeds


Juice of 2 or 3 limes
Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 tsp Tahini (or sesame oil)
Good glug of olive oil (depending on how oily you like your salad)
You could add some honey as well if you wanted/had some.

Simply mix all the salad, make up the dressing and pour it over, mixing that in well too.

Eat with smugness knowing it’s packed with loads of nutrients and goodness.  Unlike a tinned pie.

May Bank Holiday #1

May 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Well, I took advantage of a hiatus in work and have just returned from what seemed like a mammoth 4 days down at the boat, though I only appear to have managed to cross 2 things off the list this weekend!

Annoyingly, I spent a fair bit of time on ‘rework’ after I lifted the lid on the lazarette to find everything covered in blue dust after the sand blasting, even though I’d previously scrubbed it out…

Blue lazarette Hurley 22 Duet

The blue lazarette before I cleaned it (again)

I was also really dismayed (read: p****d off) to discover that after my heroic attempts with the rubbing compound, Cillit Bang and polish that my neighbour had managed to liberally drizzle the starboard side with blue Tiger Xtra antifouling!  Luckily the yard sorted that out and the owner was made to purchase me some No. 3 Thinners from Bussells and with some elbow grease and another polish it did come off, though for a bit it looked like I was going to have awful blue streaked staining down one side.  It will need another wax though… Interestingly the owner swore blind it wasn’t him as he didn’t get any on his glasses.  It must have been really windy and just come off the roller and gone sideways straight onto my boat.  Some of the drizzles were over 3 inches long!  Let that be a lesson to us all.

Slowly progressed on the interior, just about managed to finish with the wire brush and drill this weekend – I have a video update here:

I also managed to get the middle section of the bilge boards / cabin sole off by unbolting it from underneath. There is a crack in it (circled red below) and it’s pretty wobbly, even with the boards in.  I was also really surprised to see how flimsy the middle section  is! I think this will need to be repaired with some glass matting to strengthen it up somewhat. I had originally intended to replace the boards with new but I think they’ve shown surprising promise after a little Nitromors so I have plans for them and have bought them all home for a little tlc.

Cabin Sole Hurley 22 Duet

The red circle marks a crack. Very wobbly.

I managed to get 3 coats of Olj Deks on the brightwork on the cabin roof  before the rain set in.  Always good to see your progress… Annoyingly though I left the replacement teak strip at home (I bought it from Taff Howells at Beaulieu last week end).  There’s nothing like manky teak deck fittings to make a boat look unloved, and it’s not that much of a job to turn them around. I’m loving the Deks Olj, think it has a really nice finish and it’s really easy to apply.  No need to worry about a drippy finish like with varnish.

brightwork Hurley 22 Duet

In other news, I have booked my re-launch for the 3rd June.  Fingers crossed I should make it: I need a nice run of 4 days to epoxy and antifoul the bottom and I think I can get the painting done in another 2 days or so…  But at least I think I’m nearly at the end of the really grotty jobs now.

All systems go!

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