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Polish and antifoul
03/08/2008

A weather window enabled us to spend one whole day last week polishing the hull and getting rid of various stains on the gelcoat. We had a day of r and r after that to let our shoulders and arms recover from the exertions, then yesterday we found another gap in the weather and antifouled the hull. We still need to wire-brush the prop and reapply boottop antifoul, and the curved slot behind the leading edge of the rudder is a secret haven for barnacles, so we will make a special effort to clear them out before injecting antifouling into the space.

Boat goes back into the water week after next, so minds being concentrated wonderfully on essential jobs below the waterline.

Sunny day at last!
02/07/2008, Ardfern

After a month of dull stormy winter days, a bit of fair weather enabled us to do some on-deck work yesterday. We rplaced the old, faulty, three-pin plug socket at the foot of the mast with a more modern and more efficient deck gland. Now that we have a steaming light and deck flood on the mast in addition to the navigation lights at the top, we need to bring our mast electric connections into the twenty-first century!

We replaced our second dorade (they now match!) and after a bit of a struggle, in the course of which I covered my hands in rubber solution, we inserted a solar fan into the heads ventilator.

Snow on board
02/03/2008, Ardfern

Here's a photo of the boat yesterday morning, covered in a rare layer of snow. I was on board checking out the possibility of fitting refrigeration in our insulated locker in the galley. Turns out it is not only feasible, but fairly simple to install (for the refigeration engineer, that is), so we're going ahead with it.

Ju and I spent the rest of the day fitting new stainless steel louvres to the locker doors in the galley - and very good they look too. Next job is creating a small wooden box to house the new Odyssey engine-start battery, which happily fits into the existing battery locker, because it is so titchy!

Noticed a quantity of diesel lying in the locker under the sink, and traced the source to the stop valves in the feed pipes from and to the tank. At least one of these has leaked before, so we're not happy about this. We'll ask the yard to fix them on Monday.

The new breaker panel is still on hold until the replacement breakers arrive from Merlin. And the solar panel is still in its wrappings, awaiting a batch of clement weather - we can dream!


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