Winter Layup

September 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

Weatherweb was saying the high at the beginning of September was only going to be short lived, and by the time it was apparent it was sticking around a little longer I had made plans that could not be altered.  So Duet’s been out of the water a couple of weeks now and I’ve been off to Norfolk to collect the van and the dog (and been to Ireland but that’s another story… And the Southampton Boat Show, but that’s another story again!).

I went back to her yesterday to empty her and finish the layup. She looks pretty tired.  She’s been pressure washed and much of the boot top has come off and her topsides are quite stained too which is kinda sad, but on the other hand it’s all the mark of an awesome summer (and I know the yellow will come off with some Cillit Bang and elbow grease).

We filled the van. Amazing how much stuff she holds really…

Hurley 22 Winter Layup

So much stuff!

Duet’s layup procedure is pretty straightforward, as she is a pretty simple boat.  There is minimal plumbing to worry about and no inboard to winterise. It’s just a case of trying to minimise decay and corrosion really.

This is what I’ve done so far:

  • Removed the sails (which will go in to R&J Sails for a check over and to be laundered.  I also want a 3rd reefing point put on the main).
  • Removed all the running rigging from mast.  Ropes have been brought home for a wash and check over.
  • Removed the dodgers.
  • Really good clean inside, round the cooker and in the lockers.
  • Remove all food, cushions from forepeak, books, charts, anything paper, anything fabric (including the curtains), any removeable electronics and anything with a battery.
  • Rinse over the interior with a cloth with water and a little bit of bleach (as there is salt residue on everything which will attract damp).
  • Rinse out the bilge with fresh water and dry it with a cloth.
  • I’ve taken the dinghy and outboard off for safe storage.  Though I want to sell the dinghy – it’s too big!
  • The pans and cooking utensils have all been washed and stored in an airtight box with some big silica gel packets.
  • I’ve left the remaining cushions up ended and the lockers are all open to allow air to flow.
  • The water tank is empty and my water containers have been left with the lids off.
  • I’ve left all the seacocks open so the cockpit will drain when it rains.

I still want to step the mast, as I want to check over the work I did earlier in the year, but it was a bit windy and I thought it was safer to leave it up til I was ready to work on the mast and get it back up as soon as possible afterwards.  I had to repeatedly tighten the standing rigging over the summer I’ve wondered if hull sagged when the mast was down for a couple of months.  Apparently this can happen (and Contessa 26’s are notorious for it apparently?)  and with the Hurley’s propensity to mast compression I have wondered if this was the reason my rigging kept going slack…

I also still need to get the ouboard off and serviced, but I’ve rinsed the lazarette out with fresh water.

Duet’s iroko rubbing strake was looking a bit battered, even though I’d given it a top up coat of oil a month or so ago.  She had a green scrape down one side from a starboard marker in Poole Harbour, and the anchor chain had rubbed the bow.  So we gave it a rub over with some wet and dry, a rinse with white spirit and it got 2 coats of Deks Olje D1 which will hopefully stop it going grey over the winter and give me an easier job to do come spring.

I just need to think about my winter to-do list now…

Hurley 22 Winter Layup

Tucked up ready for winter. She’s chocked this year rather than in a cradle… but I’m not sure how I’m going to repaint that boot top?

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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