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Montevideo, Uruguay
Sat Mar 14 0:00:00 EDT 2009

When I was in downtown Montevideo (where the pictures are from), on a Saturday afternoon, it was mostly quiet. Most shops close Saturday afternoon, so only in the tourist areas were there many people (some, not really many) walking around.

Montevideo is a pleasant, relaxed and friendly place, as is the rest of Uruguay. The city is big enough that you can get pretty much anything you might need.

Sat Mar 14 0:00:00 EDT 2009, Montevideo, Uruguay

Sat Mar 14 0:00:00 EDT 2009, Montevideo, Uruguay

Will it rain or will it shine?
Thu Mar 12 13:00:00 EDT 2009

The weather could not make up its mind on our sail from La Plata, Argentina to Montevideo, Uruguay. It was windy, it was calm, it was rainy, it was sunny. In the photo, Karina is expressing her opinion of what the weather will do next. For most of the day, it was constant changes in the amount of sail we had up, as the winds varied from Force 2-7 (5-30 knots).

The Rio de la Plata water was muddy and choppy (because it is shallow, the waves are shorter and steeper) as we sailed. By the end of the day, the low clouds went away and the wind steadied to Force 4-5 (12-20 knots), and the sailing got nicer as night fell. We sailed all night, under a mostly clear and starry sky. The last few hours were mostly spent trying to slow down, as the wind was good and the current was with us, to avoid reaching port during darkness.

Shortly after dawn, we dropped sails, unlocked the keel (it is locked in the down position when sailing), and motored into the port of Buceo (Buceo is a wealthy suburb of Montevideo). Buceo is quite shallow, and we kept running aground as we motored over to the mooring buoy that Yacht Club Uruguayo said we could use (there is no room for anchoring). Running aground (at least on soft bottoms) is not a big deal with this boat, as long as you can raise the keel to get free, but it complicates maneuvering, as running aground stops the boat, and freeing the boat by lifting the keel means it is going where the wind pushes until you can gain control with the propellers again.

After tying to the mooring, we went ashore to clear in with the Coast Guard and Immigration, as the weather continued to improve to become a clear, sunny day, with light, pleasant winds, which we enjoyed from the comfort of the very hospitable Yacht Club Uruguayo lounge.

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.

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