Or how to spend a few boat bucks.
Shortly after we got Relax Lah! we began to break running rigging
. I ended up replaceing almost all the cars and blocks.
One failure we didn't replace was the mainsheet traveller. It failed a pin and our handy boat guy fixed it as I was predisposed at the time. It's a manual traveller and not at all slick. It is now worn out as to be ready to fail.
So I got the Harken
catalog out and about $550 boat bucks later I have all the bits for a new slick traveller with a roller bearing car and neato clam cleats
So my partner heads off to Malaysia
this weekend. He left late and was to make a night crossing. The end of the trip is about an hour up a river. Good thing he went in company.
About 9PM in the dark moonless night he decides to motor
up the river - good strategy. However 5 minutes later the impeller eats itself and he is now motorless. Our friends on the Hunter
towed him for about 1 1/2 hours.
Spare impeller installed by boat partner the next day after heat exchanger removal
and manual cleaning
. Bits of barnacle found throughout. Hmmmm. Last haulout we had the bottom painted. The boat boys told us about build up of crusties in the saildrive
. Sure enough they had used hard implements to break up the barnacles
. Probably the source of the impeller failure as the rubber was still quite pliable (no raw filter in this Vovlo install)
However, newly installed impeller cover leaks
is still not flowing at full strength so engine
used only judiciously in return sail in windy conditions. More work this weekend.
The SS spinnaker
clew corroded through - how strange is that? Spinnaker
at the sail loft for repair.
The main clew is unsewing itself. Next in line for the sail loft.
The genny put another 1 inch tear in itself on the sail back. 3rd in line for the sail loft.
the boat is the cheap