The story of Topaz Rival

28 May 2020 | Totnes
16 May 2020 | Bristol
15 April 2020 | Bristol
01 April 2020 | Bristol
25 March 2020 | Bristol
24 March 2020 | Bristol
04 March 2020 | Totnes
07 February 2020 | Totnes
05 February 2020 | Bristol
26 January 2020 | Totnes
09 January 2020 | Totnes
01 December 2019 | Totnes
18 November 2019 | Totnes
08 November 2019 | Totnes
09 October 2019 | Totnes
03 October 2019 | Totnes
30 August 2019 | Bristol
28 August 2019 | Noss Marina
27 August 2019 | Salcombe
25 August 2019 | Plymouth

Upgrade review

25 March 2020 | Bristol
Martin Whitfield
As we are not allowed to go sailing and are stuck at home, I thought it might be an idea to give a breakdown for anyone interested in the work that has been carried out on Topaz Rival during the refit and in preparation for adventures abroad.

1. Hull. Full osmosis treatment for hull and rudder. This is the "HotVac" system and all done under temperature and humidity control. Finished with Coppercoat antifoul.
2. Engine. Old Bukh 36 replaced with a new Beta 35. We have had two Beta engines before on Lazy Bones (20hp) and Alice in Red (38hp) and they were fantastic. Lots of other bits and pieces replaced as part of the engine upgrade, including a new Brunton's SigmaDrive coupling to go with a service for the Autoprop feathering propeller.
3. Electrics. All shorepower (AC) system overhauled with new battery charger. Four new Rolls AGMs as the new domestic battery bank together with a new engine starting battery. Solar panels, and a Rutland 1200 wind generator installed on a stern gantry which also has room for AIS and GPS aerials. New Furuno radar (viewed on iPads and iPhones), new LED lights on mast complete with rewiring. New USB charging points in cabins and in cockpit (waterproof). New Sony stereo radio with Bluetooth.
4. Electronics. New Raymarine wind and depth transducers and i70 instruments. AIS and wireless NMEA 2000 hub. Standard Horizon 1850 VHF with additional microphone in cockpit. Raymarine EV200 Autopilot installed in addition to old Autohelm (left as a backup).
5. Water and waste. New holding tank fitted with external deck fitting for pump out. New Jabsco toilet and smelly pipes replaced. New pump for salt water in galley.
6. Rigging and sails. Full rig replacement by Allspars as well as new guardwires. Furling gear serviced on main and genoa. Running rigging being upgraded (some done by Allspars, more to come). Existing sails cleaned and repaired with new UV strips and new downwind genoa and new sprayhood ordered from Sanders Sails (delivery when we can get to Lymington)!
7. Deck fittings etc. New Knox 18kg anchor (2019) now matched with 60 m of 8mm chain and 30 m of anchorplait to run with new electric Lofrans 1000W windlass which has up/down switches On deck forward and in the cockpit.
8. Cabins and accommodation. All portlights and hatches reglazed and revealed. New curtains throughout. Lee cloths on saloon and quarterberth added.

As you can see, this is a major upgrade and although most of the work has been done there are a few other things such as a new liferaft which are yet to come.

The only problem is that we can't sail anywhere at the moment! But guarantee as soon as we are able, we will be back in the water. Just have to be content with sowing seeds in the greenhouse.
Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield and Dawn Kelly
About: Plus dogs Buzz and Bonnie
Topaz Rival's Photos - Topaz Rival as purchased (Main)
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Topaz on her original berth: She has been here for 20 years or more
The quarter berth: No to sure whether to believe this, but was told this was the original plastic cover!
Instrument panel: The depth and autopilot work, not so sure about the GPS!
Bukh 36: I’m told that Bukh paint is first class. Well this engine is 29-years-old...
Survey lift shows keel shape: Topaz is the scheel keel version 1.5m draft
Rudder and skeg: As Tom Cunliffe says “a wholesome compromise between precise steering at sea, comfort, and athletic steering in harbour”. We’ll see about the latter...
Dirt and mould: An image of neglect
Deck: Nothing that a good clean can’t solve
Crazy portlights: There are 10 of these...
Winter refit at Baltic Wharf
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Created 2 November 2019
A selection of pictures from sailing in 2019
31 Photos
Created 1 August 2019
Topaz Rival at or about the time of survey in December 2018
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Created 8 May 2019
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