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Blister Abatement and Finish Refit 2012
12/05/2012, Snead Island Boatworks

Valkyrie went onto the hard this fall for a complete blister abatement at Snead Island Boatworks. I knew when I purchased her four years ago that she would eventually have to have this work done. The process begins with a planer that removes the gelcoat and exposes the blisters. The blisters are ground out until good sound fiberglass is all that remains. Then the boat sits and waits until the hull is very dry. This can take many months. Valkyrie had a good low moisture reading to begin with so her dry time will be less than most boats they see. When her moisture reading is close to that of new boats (below 10) her blisters will be filled and she will then be painted with a water barrier paint followed by antifouling bottome paint. Of course as long as she was out of the water and out of commission for a few months, she is going to get a bunch of additional work done including: replacing the Lasdrop dripless stuffing box, paint the bowsprit, pilot house roof, repaint the undersides of the strikes, touch up paint where needed including inside of dorados. Replace five windows in main salon and install a new hatch in the pilot house roof to allow good ventilation for mail salon while anchored, recaulk and paint the cabin top and intrument cowling, take all teak down to bare wood and varnish with Schooner, replace both heads and all sanitation hoses, replace Lectrasan, install new chartplotter and radar, replace steps on stern boarding ladder and resecure teak treads, polish fuel in all tanks, flush radiator, change all fluids, replace all fuel hoses and install a new fuel management manifold, work and lubricate all throughhull fittings and replace as needed, replace and rewire port and starboard running lights and replace all four 8D house batteries as well as generator battery. Have a new custom awning made that will cover the entire pilot house (area between main and mizzen) to keep saloon cooler during the hot months. Replace all running halyards all sheets. Replace her two air conditioner water pumps with one larger one tying the two systems together to eliminating the extra water strainer and replace the main cabin's air conditioner condenser. Install some new mood lighting in main stateroom and recover the headboard with a beautiful imported rug material and replace all bedding. Install new RO fresh water filtration system and replace the fresh water expansion tank. I am looking forward to getting her back in the water and return to the Bahamas for the third year of cruising.

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Valkyrie Major Refit 2009-2011

Valkyrie is an Island Trader 46. I purchased her in 2009. After three years, most of the systems have been replaced or updated. Her wooden masts were pulled and repainted As well as the booms and spreaders. There was some rot at the base of the mizzen so new wood was scarfed to fix it. The standing rigging and life lines were replaced. Her hull was repainted as well as her bilges and all of her sea cocks were either rebuilt or replaced. She was outfitted with five solar panels that are able to keep up with her electrical needs (air conditioning excluded). Her charger inverter was replaced and much of her wiring was updated, including all of her outlets, new battery switches, battery cables and all of her batteries were replaced with new AGM's. A new LED tri-color masthead light was installed on the mainmast as well as a state of the art radar reflector on the mizzen. Her bow thruster and heat exchanger were rebuilt and her transmission cooler and alternater was replaced. Most of her hoses have been replaced along with her auto pilot, chart plotter, radar and depth sounder. Her high water alarm was replaced and her bilge pumps were reconfigured so she now has two new automatic pumps and one manual pump. Her sails had never even been used. New Sunbrella was installed on her sails and canvas awnings were custom built so that her entire deck can be sheltered from rain and sun. Wind scoops were custom made for both for her forward and aft hatches. All of her ports received new glass and the gaskets were all replaced. The glass in her salon was replaced with fixed units eliminating the problem associated with sliding windows and rain. All of her floors teak were refinished with epoxy and varnish. New curtains were made for all of her ports and side windows. She has a new RIB which was fitted with chaps and the old outboard was replaced with a new 8hp Tahatsu four stroke. Her dorados were redesigned to work properly. Her two bow anchors were replaced with larger ones that are suitable for a 70' boat. There so many additional improvements that have been made to her over the past three years it would and does fill a book. Valkyrie is now a very capable and dependable motor sailor that is closing in on Bristol condition. With her teak trim and classic motor sailor looks she gets a lot of attention.

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