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Completed job list - winter layover 2014/15

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Slipped out to the boat yesterday for a few hours to complete "putting her back together" - also known as bending on sails...  Genoa is now back on the furler (which was lubricated), and I also test raised the main to make sure it is sliding smoothly - no issues on either. Checked the bilges just to be sure (dry), so I'm now ready to go sailing...  no options this weekend (busy and non-optimal tide times)..

Lastly, and purely for reference...  ...but I completed the following this winter gone:
Source better fixing bolts for mastfoot/tabernacle (they are better, but still not perfect)Drill the bow roller to take a locking pin (to keep the rope or chain in the roller) Finish painting cabin [clicky]Washboards - repainted (padlock hasp to do) [clicky]Cockpit locker lids - replaced in 12mm ply Hinges/locks for cockpit locker lids [clicky]Antenna fittedMasthead light fitted (and windex) [clicky]Antifouled [clicky]Outboard servicedGenoa sheet cam-cleats replaced [clicky]Varnis…

Launched...

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No pictures I'm afraid...   bit too busy....but the good news is that Sparrow is back in the water, so the summer can now officially start.. 

Busy, busy, weekend for the guys at the club who coordinate the lift-in's, all volunteers (we're a self help club) but I think it safe to say they were enjoying themselves. Sunny weather all weekend, but they were contending with F5's most of Friday and Saturday (gusting considerably more), but by Sunday when I was launching it had moderated but was still a fairly solid F4, and being SE'ly was damn cold (straight off of Siberia)...

Got to the club about half eight (for a 12:30 HT) thinking I'd be in plenty of time, but they'd already started so I missed the early slots..  normally I get dropped at the far end of the slip - first to float off, this time I was the top....  having made sure she was safely parked, I had an hour or so to go before I needed to worry about her floating so I slipped off to the tender and we…

That's it for winter 2014/15 - I'm done...

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....knackered... 

Popped down to the boat on Wednesday night and finished off the new cam cleats - friend "Coral" Paul was down and offered to hold the screwdriver, while I nipped up the bolts from underneath - as expected all done inside of 15 minutes so we adjourned to his boat for a chat...  agreement is reached that we'll have a joint sail somewhere this summer - maybe Bembridge, as neither of us has been...

Paul's boat is two or three in front of mine when we're on our moorings (the red one in the following) but unlike me he has his mast up and is planning to sail round the island to his mooring - best of luck, matey!


Returning to the boat I then installed the magazine rack I've had sitting on the boat since last summer waiting to be attached to the internal bulkhead - all done now so that's a useful spot for licences/charts/guides/mini almanacs, and the tidal flow charts for the Solent..  much tidier!

Last job for the evening was to fill the holes…

Job #11 - masthead light (and windex) - completed

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....that's it - all done now, just need to nip down the nuts on the bolts holding the new cam cleats, and give her a swift wash, both of which I'll do this week one evening, but the job list for this winter is now as complete as I had time for...

...with apologies for the blurriness of the pictures, the job on Sunday was to complete the masthead fitting, the best part of which had been figuring out what to use as a bracket for the windex base - in the end, having discarded the idea of plastic joinery blocks (and old favourite of mine), and actually bought some "MDF Joinery Rigid Joints" I actually found what I really wanted in my "spares/junk/keep that for later" box in the garage...  one section of a plumbing fitting used to hold plastic pipes to a wall... just snipped off one side, and I ended up with the following collection of 'bits'..

The windex bracket is on the right in front of the masthead light, the HDPE has been pre-drilled for the mast h…

So close I can smell it... Job #16 Antifoul, Job #21 Varnish grab rails and Job #11 masthead light

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Made some really good progress in the last few days.. the new lighter evenings coupled with warm sunny weather have meant two or three hours working on the boat after work is now possible and I've taken advantage this week...

So Wednesday saw me dismantling the old light on top of the mast  (Job #11 - 6) in readiness for fitting a new one..

I had expected it to be a right pain in the nether regions to get off, but turned out to be not quite so bad.. the old one is one of these (Aquasignal 40 series I think), but so old that due to UV damage over the years the lens was completely opaque..  it was also the old style screw on (piccie is the newer click in style)

The previous owner had attached an aluminium plate to the top of the mast, which the light was then bolted to - disimilar metals on bolts and plate had caused them to lock solid except for one - having tried to undo them I succeeded with the one, and then resorted to a very large screwdriver to lever the bottom of the light …

Cracking on... Job #8 - Washboards / Job #19 - Jammers / Job #9 - Hatch covers / Job #16 - Antifoul / Job #20 - Rubbing Strips

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..busy, busy, busy..  two weeks to launch.. the club yard, and Sparrow, is a hive of activity..

...jobs are getting ticked off like a metronome...  tired though..   so after the four day weekend...

...the lower washboard (Job #8) is done...  scraped back to sound paint, sanded, and then ended up putting on four coats (I think) of exterior white.. I have a new padlock hasp on order that's in transit from Hong Kong of all places (reasonably priced stainless fittings in the UK just don't seem to exist..). Next winter I'll build new ones, in fact one singular, as I fancy a single board...


...the hatch covers are now also done - Job #9 - exterior quality ply, three coats of white exterior both sides, neoprene tape on all four under edges - nutted, bolted and butyl'ed to the point of maximum tightness, happy with these..  one of the two 'major' jobs for the winter..


...the VHF base and flagpole holder are now in place on the push pit board..  I took delivery of a c…

Job #22 - push pit board refurbishment - Job #17 Service outboard - completed

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From this un-pretty sight..



..to this.. a slightly prettier sight.. 


...sanded back to the wood, and then 3 coats of exterior, oak shade, wood protector..


...not a varnish, but it does give a smooth hard surface..


..and despite the blemishes still showing through, it looks a lot better...

...finished it off with butyl tape under the washers/bolts (to protect against water ingress); I'll refit the flagpole holder, and the base for the new VHF aerial tomorrow.. done..

Speaking of "done", I picked up the outboard from the engineers this morning - that's done as well... all good; not a moment too soon for the anode (on the right) though..


..uh oh..


Sad news, Bill (of Home Marine at Emsworth, the outboard engineers I use) tells me he's retiring as of this year, 67 years is enough he says, the good news is that he leaves the business in good hands as Simon will be taking over..