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Refit work completed
Thu Mar 12 0:00:00 EDT 2009, Montevideo, Uruguay

This is a list of the work that was done in Argentina and Uruguay over the last four months. It is probably only of interest to boatowners:
* replace main rudder (all steel)
* replace auxiliary rudder (all steel, all moving parts stainless steel, new bearings with ondeck grease nipples)
* replace keel pulleys (stainless steel, thicker sheaves)
* move anchor winch aft, replace hawsepipe (bigger, so chain falls freely to locker), move lower forestay forward to make room
* replace overhead/ceiling in pilothouse (mostly done, carpenters abandoned the job and i am finishing it) and starboard amidships area
* replace daytank with larger stainless steel one (with drain sump, dedicated gauge line)
* replace zinc in engine heat exchanger (looked for but never found one in hydraulic oil cooler)
* replace engine fuel filter/water separator with Racor 500 (does same thing as previous unit, but clear bowl makes it much easier to see water in fuel)
* add removable platform to cockpit to make it into an outdoor bed/lounging area
* replace wind generator with Air Breeze unit (much higher output, and has a stop switch instead of forcing you to climb the pole when it gets too windy) on 4m pole
* replace solar panel arch with welded one (not finished yet)
* replace several sheet blocks with larger, less-friction ones
* move a pair of small winches aft to use with running checkstays (not finished yet)
* repair two broken mast steps
* replace several sheets and reefing lines
* replace bearings in forestaysail (trinquette) rollerfurler, replace bearings in spare rollerfurler (anticipating it will be needed to replace yankee/genoa rollerfurler sometime)
* move liferaft from cabintop to deck beside keel for better visibility
* have liferaft tested and serviced
* replace GPS (broken) with Furuno unit
* replace batteries
* add shackle point for anchor chain snubber just below bobstay (at waterline)
* raise lifelines, replace top wire with welded tubing
* disassemble bed in bedroom and remove two water tanks underneath it to repaint where welder burnt paint off welding zincs on outside of hull
* remove and reinstall lower port keel adjuster (O-ring had failed and unit had seized)
* new yankee, forestaysail (trinquette) and storm jib were made, old yankee and forestaysail (trinquette) had luffs shortened
* genoa, main staysail (voile d'etai) and fisherman sails were all cut down a bit to fit the spaces they set in better

Fri Mar 20 10:13:59 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Very exciting list of projects. You must be pleased, exhausted and a bit lighter in your bank account.
Look forward to an update of your web photo album with pics of the upgrade projects both underway and complete. Sound like you were able to find new bearings for the french Sarma roller furler(s) and thereby save the cost of total replacement., great news. Notice you are not using the french sail names as much these days and that makes it a bit harder to keep straight on the sail work being done.
I note you are in Uruguay and look forward to pics and stories that compare and contrast Argentina and Uruguay.
Exciting stuff on this end, I am waiting to hear details of a trip I have been told by Capt Martin Tate I am signed up for, PDQ cat delivery from Buenos Aires to ?? in Oct.

Congrats and best wishes
Fri Mar 20 11:12:19 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, yes it was a lot of work, and it is really nice to have the boat sailing again (even if i am still finishing a bunch of stuff).

I reformatted it so it is easier to read now and put back in the french sail names.

The bearings in the roller furler are DIN-spec, not the same as the original, and are plain carbon steel. There are new seals which hopefully will keep the water out of the grease...will see how they look after some time at sea.

Congratulations and best wishes on the PDQ delivery.
Fri Mar 20 20:42:08 EDT 2009 | Bonnie
Yes, congratulations!
Sat Mar 21 7:08:33 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Bonnie. And am now "just" 6,000 miles from New York :).
Sat Mar 21 18:31:30 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Would love to see pics of the new auxiliary rudder.
Higher lifelines
Sat Mar 7 0:00:00 EST 2009, Rio de la Plata, Argentina

The raised lifeline/liferails are high enough to make tall people feel much more secure walking on deck. They are painted white for better visibility. Some sections have a lower lifeline of rope on them as well. I may extend this...need to do more sailing to confirm the places where sheet leads won't chafe low lifelines first.

Raising the lifelines
Fri Mar 6 0:00:00 EST 2009, San Fernando, Argentina

The original wire lifelines were removed and the lifeline stanchions extended. Stainless steel tubing was bent to shape and welded on top of the stanchions to make a higher, more secure liferail.

La Plata
Thu Mar 5 17:10:49 EST 2009, La Plata, Argentina

La Plata is a small, relaxed college and refinery city SE of Buenos Aires. There is a good harbor with a fairly narrow entrance that opens up to a long stretch of totally protected water. There is a very friendly yacht club there, Club de Regattas, where we stayed for ten days.

Mon Mar 16 21:36:02 EDT 2009 | George
Beautiful picture, ... how are the new liferaft location and the new railing working out?
Tue Mar 17 16:10:03 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
The new liferaft location (not shown in this picture, on the port side of the keel) is so far working out well. The higher railing (instead of lower wire lifelines) is really nice, and makes getting around on deck much easier and more secure.
Wed Mar 18 10:15:35 EDT 2009 | George Ray
Liferaft: It seems that the improved visibility due to moving the life raft forward and lower would be a very big help and generally make for a nicer view.
Dingy: any changes in the dingy situation?
Reefing: How are the reefing methods evolving so far?
Ship in drydock
Wed Mar 4 0:00:00 EST 2009, La Plata, Argentina

Didn't catch the name of this ship in drydock in La Plata, but it looks impressive.

Finally sailing again!
Sun Mar 1 0:00:00 EST 2009, La Plata, Argentina

After three months of repairs and modifications, Issuma is finally sailing again. Still a bunch of things to finish, but it is really nice to have a boat capable of sailing again.

The picture was taken on a pleasant, sunny, daysail from Buenos Aires to La Plata.

San Isidro Cathedral
Mon Jan 26 0:00:02 EST 2009, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The cathedral in San Isidro, often used as a landmark when navigating in the Rio de la Plata.

San Isidro Cathedral
Mon Jan 26 0:00:01 EST 2009, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The cathedral in San Isidro, often used as a landmark when navigating in the Rio de la Plata.

Fitting the new day tank
Mon Jan 26 0:00:00 EST 2009, San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The new day tank fits entirely into an existing access hole in the bottom of the cockpit. Nuts were welded to the underside of the steel cockpit bottom to bolt the tank to, and here the paint is being ground off in preparation for welding the nuts in.

New day tank
Mon Jan 26 0:00:00 EST 2009, San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The "day tank" is a fuel tank that supplies the engine for a while (not really a day in this case), and is refueled from other tanks in the boat. The day tank simplifies switching between fuel tanks, and can be used to help separate out water and dirt in the fuel (being heavier, they sink to the bottom and can be removed if there is a drain at the bottom of the tank).

The old day tank was a cylindrical plastic affair, with fittings Sikaflexed (Sikaflex is a brand of glues and sealants) into it. It had been leaking, and the Sikaflex used to repair it was getting into the fuel and starting to clog the fuel filters.

I wanted a bigger day tank (the old one was only good for about three hours of motoring) that didn't leak and would help separate out the water and dirt from the fuel. This is the new day tank, made of stainless steel, much bigger, minus the fittings, which were installed after the tank was installed. The new tank is built to fit into an existing cutout in the cockpit floor.

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