Re-fit....now that's a word that I never want to hear again.....and here's why:
I Sailed down to Trinidad for the basic haul out
which was to entail the standard Sand Blasting up to the water
line and then a nice few coats of Primer, change the anodes and apply the "Special" Trinidad Anti Fouling
Check another few items that may need attention, change a bulb or two etc. Put her back in the water
and off I go again......Simple and Straight forward ...right?
WRONG.....oh so wrong!!!
Let's start with the Sandblast guy's...1) When Sandblasting a Steel
hulled boat you should never stop at just one particular point and go into a day dream until you eventually "Blast" neat holes through the Hull
. 2) You should also never sandblast upwards when nearing the water line as you "lift" the Hull Paint
as well. 3) Once Hull
is totally sandblasted immediately apply at least one coat of primer to prevent surface rust from forming, in my case they had to sandblast twice as the boat was totally ignored for a couple of months, even though the funds were present to allow work to continue.
Now the Welders....obviously some new plate was required for the hull, there were a few Rust area's...more than I want to see and the Welder set about their job....Gorilla Welds is what we call the work that I saw. We also had to remove most of the woodwork on the inside to allow access for the welders.
Now all the woodwork was removed in some kind of race
that I had no knowledge of, the beautiful solid Teak
and Mahogany that adorned the inside of the boat was trashed, pieces just ripped out and thrown around, not one piece was left undamaged, scratched or dented!!!
The serious amount of spares that I had on the boat including a comprehensive selection of tools has been "donated" to someone who obviously needs them more than I do.
I had the Masts pulled to allow a thorough inspection
and when they reinstalled them they twisted the Main Mast!!!
Anyway, I could go on and on...but, here we are 2 years later and the welders are still not finished, the woodwork is still not in, the painters are still painting and the Electrical
has still not been rectified where the welders just cut them to gain access instead of pulling them through.
Was hoping to get her back in the water in Feb 2014....I'm probably just dreaming.
Unless you can be at your boat 100% of the time during re-fit....don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And go ANYWHERE else other than Chagauramas, Trinidad!