I retired in 2001 and thought it a good challenge to take up sailing.
We went looking for a yacht at a stretch of water
close to home (water is not an abundant resource in Southern Africa) and being 8 hours driving away from the sea, I would prefer a closer but larger area to open the sails
. The Vaal Dam is 2 hours driving but has a surface area of 320sq km with a shoreline of more than 800km. We visited some of the yacht clubs at the Vaal Dam and found a 8.05m Nimbus launched 1982 for a reasonable price
I took up the challenge and waited for an opportunity to get it onto the dry. I did take the family
for a motorized ride a couple of times. Once on a suitable dolly, I started removing the anti-fouling
and discovered osmosis
pimples but luckily no de-lamination. While addressing this, I also noticed an oxidized sail drive. This turned out to be damaged beyond repair
due to electrolysis
. In the meantime, I stripped the woodwork inside the cabin
down & sanded it to remove the dark wood
staining and re-varnish with matt polyurethane
to lighten up the cabin
and bring out the beautiful grain of wood
. I also got the cushions
re-done and made a sun canopy with maritime canvas
and Aluminium piping.
I regard as a process and a big learning
curve until we get the yacht up to standard to start the sailing. I do a lot of reading on the Net to address my various challenges but overcoming each challenge, is very satisfying. Looking forward to hear from other members and sharing their experiences. There is a lot of theory out there but experience, in my opinion, tops it all.