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Refit work completed

12 March 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
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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Survey pictures taken of Shekin V
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Created 29 April 2008