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Grey non-skid deck painting
Tom
August 10, 2012, Port d'Aiguadolç

In between the shiny deck parts I've started to apply a great non-skid painting Kiwigrip. It's a gel which is applied with a special foam roller. Very easy and the result is fantastic. To test de product I did the first trial on two small areas near the bow and the anchor locker. Looks great now as you can hopefully appreciate on the photo. I think I will wait some time before applying it to the bigger areas because the product dries very fast with the present hot weather.

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Goodbye Port Ginesta, hello Port d'Aiguadolç
Tom
June 30, 2012, Port d'Aiguadolç (Sitges)

After almost 6 years in Port Ginesta I decided to move Iris to a new hailing port. The financial crisis here in Spain has obliged me to look for a cheaper berth. I found one in Port d'Aiguadolç in Sitges about 5 Nm south of Ginesta. Seven years ago, on my first trip with Iris and her previous owner Roy we stopped over here and moored about 20m from where now is her new home.
Today's trip was a short comfortable one and although unfortunately I couldn't raise the mainsail because the halyard got entangled, we managed to maintain 6 knots with only the genoa and a 20 knot wind at a broad reach.
In the coming weeks I will continue the deck painting project which is going on bit by bit.


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Mediterranean white
Tom
May 28, 2012, Port Ginesta

Today I started a new project: deck painting. I have begun sanding the smooth parts of the deck and giving them a first coat of International Perfection Mediterranean White 2-part polyurethane gloss finish. Still a lot of parts to be painted and repainted. And then the non-skid parts... This will take me several weekends. But the effect is great. Iris is beginning to look very shiny and sexy. In the photograph the now much whiter band at the height of the portholes is recently painted.

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Annual Haulout
Tom
April 8, 2012, Port Ginesta

The last couple of days (a cloudy Easter week) I have dedicated to hauling Iris out of the water and giving her her annual bottom cleaning and antifouling paint. A lot of fouling had been accumulated on the prop over the last months and although I had cleaned it manually just over half a year ago using my diving gear and a knive, it had again turned into a foam generating brush, which caused me quite some effort steering Iris from her berth to the nearby boatyard. The movement in the travellift wasn't without incidents either. The aftmost sling slipped a bit and caught the prop axis. Apparently no harm was done to the axis but I'm a bit worried about what I might have done to the stern tube. Anyway, the port captain assured they would pay for any damage if this would be the case when lowering her back into the water. This return into the water will have to wait for another week or two because while I was painting Iris' bottom, the travellift broke down and it won't be repaired until at least one week. So Iris is now comfortably drying out on the hard. Comforting to see Iris' 37-year old hull yet another year without any significant signs of osmosis. As Wauquiez expert David Merlot explained me a while ago the Centurion really had a superior quality gelcoat which was regrettably changed in later Wauquiez models.
Making good use of the extra time, I also replaced the two cockpit drain hoses with new "Tubano" 33,5 mm hoses as recommended by David. I found the required hose for a cheap price on this Dutch website. One 1m piece is sufficient for the two cockpit drains. I also cleaned and lubricated the corresponding seacocks.

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Portholes done.
Tom
March 4, 2012, Port Ginesta

Finally, all six brand new portholes are installed, giving Iris a precious look. Next projects on the to-do list: the annual haulout and some painting.

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