I am in line with callmecrazy and onestepcsy37. It is no use to spent a considerable lot of money
for which I rather would buy other things.
But maybe it is interesting how I had done the upgrading of NEALA so far. She is l.o.a. 33 ft, originally ketch
rigged. If I am going to return to the original rig I doubt, although the sails
are good enough and hardly used.
I started to throw the old engine
out and installed a new one with 300 hrs and in the process renewed gland and drivetrain. NEALA has a threblade fixed prop and I leave that as is. The engine
is a Mitsubishi/Vetus of 27 HP, intercooled.
I run her on 2000 rpm
- do not forget I have to diesel
for about 2-3 hrs reaching the IJsselmeer and 4-5 hrs to reach the lock(s) of IJmuiden. A good engine is almost the most important asset.
Before the engine was installed I had the toilet renewed (Jabsco) hoses and all the seavalves newly welded in. In one part the hull
was too thin and have cut out that section and welded an new one in situ.
So far the bill ran up to 5500 Euro.
This was step one. Then my father got ill, had a long stretch of deathbed and I put the boat on the hard
under cover and forgot all about her.
Some time ago my father passed away and I could take up the restoration
This time I tackle the steering gear
. The cable-steering gives me an uneasy feeling and should be replaced by a Jefa installation
, rod & pinion, like Whitlock.
All instruments are bought new in 2nd hand modus, people planning to do a replacement job but never came to the proper execution.
For about a 100 euro' s each, I bought brand new in box a complete wind/close haul set, depth
, log and speed. Those have to be installed yet.
A Walker Knotmaster III is my back up or will use it for long seatrips.
For communication I bought a Nokia car kit, an extra handheld VHF
and I had still both the VHF
sets of my previous boat.
The Nokia car set (new) 60 Euro;
Knotmaster Mk III 45 Euro;
80 Admiralty charts
Holland/UK/France 370,- Euro Year 2010;
VHF (new) 100 Euro;
Teak/stainles steel steering wheel
(new) 150 Euro, diam. 110 cm;
The internal parts
(Jefa) I am now looking for.
Today I bought the spiboom and a Vetus batterycharger, together 200 Euro;
Now further on my list are 2 more Winches, two extra anchors plus chain and line, upholstery for the boat.
So there is still some work
to do. One thing concerns me a bit and that is the Sprayhood. Very difficult to find one in good condition and fitting as well.
NEALA is almost flushdecked and all the spray coming over blows directly in my face. A "fit to measure" will set me back 2100 Euro. Therefore I am looking for an alternative.