27 October 2009 | Simon's Town
Managed to get a couple of bits and pieces last week whilst on leave to address a number of outstanding issues. Firstly we have had two bad blows recently one of which has damaged the stack pack and caused the main to falp around badly last week. The wind was so bad that all I could do was to take a[part the stack pack, undo the main and stuff everything downbelow into the foc'cle. I went back on Saturday and refitted the danmaged stack pack and main and redid all of the stack packs ropes with a heavier gauge 8mm rope, which hopefully should managed better against the wind. I also managed to source all of the perspex and had it cut to size and the corners rounded in anticipation of replacing all of the original portholes. These circular porthold gives the yacht quite a dated appearance and new oblong dark perspex windows will improve things no end. Another job which has been on the to-do list for a while is to rejig the galley sink, and bilge outlet. I disconnected the sink and the t piece that connected both pipes to the tru hull fitting and refitted the sink outlet directly to the tru hull fitting. The new drilled hole for the bilge outlet has been fitted very high up under the gunnel and I have fitted 6 meters of new 19mm ID hole a very cirtuitious route to the bilge pump. Dont think there is enough water in the bilge to get it to work yet but will try again next weekend and hopefully we wont need a booster pump.
After this I will undertake a similar process with the forward bilge and its connection to a t piece under the heads sink. I have difficulty in working in the heads as it is so cramped (relatively) and hard to manouver in let alone do any work. In thinking about it I need to improve the ventilation and replace the aged mushroom fitting with something more appropriate.
Another project succesfully completed has been the modifications doen to the original genoa and the change to a roller furler from a hank on. After several frustrating attempts to make a plan, I took the original sail to Quantum sails in Cape Town and they did a great job on it. When I went to fit it last Saturday morning, I have a blonde moment and initially attempted to fit the sail upside down. I was panicing badly when I realized my mistake and rectified it. The new sail fitted like a dream and rolls away neatly. Think I need to increase the length of the roller control sheet as it appears to be a bit too small.
Hopefully the next pictures will include the perspex windows....