Day one and two of the haulout are complete. Great mates came and helped out so we had a good number of hands available.
The bottom did not look as bad as I expected. This is two coats of Mocron Extra after 26 months in the water
. This is the longest I have gone between anti-foul and it is overdue. We are through 3 different layers of anti-foul in some spots.
The other big disassembly jobs were
- Remove prop
- Remove sails
- Remove saildrive
- Remove anything not nailed down - lifejackets, rings, spinnakers, yada, yada
- Strip the bilge
. Wow - talk about handy - Karcher wet/dry shop vac, Jif dish soap, a scrub brush and a hose made a world of difference
It is "almost" clean. I will go today for final cleaning
. This makes working on the boat a heck of a lot more enjoyable as you don't come home looking like a refugee from Slumdog Millionaire.
1 - Relax Lah on the boat ramp
. We need a 2.7+ meter tide to get out at the ramp
. Waited all week.
2 - Dougout Doug my Aussie mate removing the prop.
Photo 3 - Wendell the Canuck taking charge of Engine
controls and fuel
hoses - Note the bilge
floor in the background with muffler
still attached. I plan to make a new floor and extend it farther aft in the bilge for a little bigger battery
Photo 4 - Bilge before. Yucky, yuck, yuck.
Photo 5 - Bilge almost done. Yucky black water
is no match for the Karcher wet/dry vac. Great bit of kit. Plan to get this all cleaned up - there are a couple of areas needing some epoxy/glass over bare plywood
(you can see up along the sidewalls) and then a nice coat of white paint
Photo 6 - The bilge boys...
One thing perplexing me at present is the Bilge draining. You can see a "v" spot behind the saildrive
hole, a well in front of the saildrive hole and a spot in front of the engine cradle
. How to keep these three dry? There are no limber holes and the only way they "drain" forward is when I heel the boat. 3 bilge pumps? What a PITA...