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More jobs... and the tenders home done...

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Only four days to launch so jobs are now getting prioritised...

First though - the tender is done - I noticed half way through last season that one of the rowlock holders had developed some wet rot round the thwarts where they were attached...  some mid season bodge'ry to try and fix didn't help, so that was first on the list...  the thwarts on the tender are two strips of wood sandwiching the GRP of the hull (old Optimist????) so any fix is in two parts - inner and outer edge

First the damage - and this was after the block holding the rowlock socket was removed - apologies for the blur in the first picture...  outer edge after I had trimmed out the rot..



..and this is the inner edge (other side) - from what I can tell the block of wood holding the rowlock socket had been attached to the two strips of wood comprising the thwart with a couple of screws - over the years water had penetrated, rusted the screws, and caused the rot..


Repair - decided to remove a strip of the oute…

More jobs... and the tenders home...

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Doesn't seem like a lot was done yesterday but it was still a long day...

So yesterday was "tender day"...  and not because I was still feeling that way from laying on the gravel most of Wednesday.. 

Started off by fitting the racks to the car as I planned to bring the tender home so I could work on her in the garage this week...  a trip down to the club and the eldest daughters boyfriend came down to give me a hand on to the roof bars with the tender..  so first job done..

Bidded goodbye to the boyfriend (after he'd visited Sparrow -  I suspect one day he may be a boat owner but not yet!) and time for the next job, the tender launching trolley, which is in a sad and sorry state...

Said trolley came to me via an eBay advert three or four years ago and was in poor condition then, but it cost me less than £20 so I consider it fully depreciated, and as it's sole purpose is to carry the tender the mere 20 or 30 yards to the water or back it doesn't need to be in …

More ticks than a mangy dog...

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...we always have to have a post with that title once every refit.... and yesterday was one of those mangy dog days....

So with the time to splash down reducing dramatically, and this weekend not looking too good =>


...I decided to take a day off to get some serious work done - and what a belter - wall to wall sun for the entire day and eight hours later I had completed all the jobs I wanted to get done except one...

So started off by whipping out the companionway hatches, rubbing them down, and putting a coat of paint on - while they were drying in the sun, I then took the palm sander and rubbed down the hand rails on the cabin roof, the rubbing strakes (both sides in each case), the cockpit board, and the outboard pad.

Once that was done the first coat on the hatches was dry so I slapped a second coat on - then gave the rubbing strakes two coats of the exterior wood stain I tend to use for these jobs - the surface prior to rub down was perfect, so I'm more than happy with t…

Job #4 - Cabin lights - completed..

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So over the winter I bought four of these :



For less than a tenner (twelve dollars in old money ) from a very helpful eBay'er in China - seriously - all four cost less than £7 delivered - from China - how on earth do they do it???! Either way I figured that for some cheap lighting these were second to none - they were bright and very easy to string together..

Sunday I fitted them - I'm using them as downlighters under the shelves that run down the sides of the cabin...

First pair rought fitted - once they were proved good I taped the the electric joins with amalgamating tape, and then secured the wires more neatly with some cable clips..



I used spade terminals for connections because I can't help thinking that at the price I paid I need a solution where I can easily disconnect to replace - but time will tell...


Spot soldered additional connection cables to the far end of the one on the right above, and then fed the wires through to the fore cabin where I daisy chained a …

Job #12 - Cockpit hatches....

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Progress at last...   I've prevaricated long enough over this one!

First cover almost done...  look at the shine on that...


Not without it's worries - the epoxy kit I'm using is a couple of years old (with a use by date on the pack of April 2015 ) and at some point in time or another, even though I've kept it in doors, it must have laid on its side as most of the hardener had disappeared into the bag.... either way, progress, the plan is to do one side at a time, but I do the edges each time, so the board above has one coat on each surface, two on all the edges....   it hardened - success!

I've now run out of hardener and I'm planning to try some stuff I had in the garage left over from a repair on Papillon in 2011 [clicky].. I'll try a test batch on a spare piece of ply first...  but for the record, and in case anyone has a similar job to do and is interested..
 I used West System Epoxy - 205 hardener (the quicker one) and 105 resinMixed 5:1 as recommende…

3 weeks to launch and not a lot of action..

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I blame the weather, but nonetheless there still hasn't been a lot of action..

I can tell you that the outboard (job #19) is in for a service, and it should be back a week on Saturday or slightly earlier..

I can tell you that Sparrow's lift in is April 2nd which means I can also tell you that I will have to do antifoul no later than weekend of March 25/26th to allow it to dry before lift in...

I've put in an order (collecting on the way home) for disposable paint brushes - I have the epoxy and gloves already - and tonight I hope to put the first coat on the cut and fitted new hatch covers (#12)..

On the same order as the paintbrushes I also have cable clips for tidying the wiring for the lighting (#4), and I also have a new soldering iron to allow me to finish the wiring... I plan to fit the lighting this weekend, and will do it even if the weather is rubbish as I have run out of time...  battery is holding well over winter (13.7v when I checked last night)

I think I'…