We've been back in New Zealand for a month working on our boat. It is sitting at the same boatyard in the exact location where it was last year. We are close to finishing the projects that must be done here in the yard. When it's sunny we work on outside projects and when it rains there's plenty to do inside. Here's a few of those we've finished:
|Removing the old length markings|
When we put down our anchor it's important to let a length of chain appropriate for the depth and conditions. Our anchor chain had colored rope inter-weaved in the links to mark the length at 50 foot increments. Several of these came off towards the end of last season and, since we needed to swap the chain end-for-end to even-out the wear, we decided to mark it every 25 feet with various paint colors. The paint wears off the outside of the links quite rapidly - but enough remains inside the links to remain visible. Rich laid the chain out in 25' lengths and looked it over very carefully then painted the depths in different colors.
|Painting is complete|
|A makeshift paint booth|
On the first rainy day after the parts arrived he replaced the thermocouples, burner elements and the electronic ignition. It seems so luxurious to light burners without getting out the Bic lighter! The new burners were a beautiful shiny stainless steel. I didn't want to use it and discolor them!
Rich tried to find a lightweight body putty to skim coat over the small holes - but all the products available here were too thick and dried too quickly. During all the patching, filling and sanding we re-taped the stripes....I don't want to think about how many times we re-taped those stripes! After the prep was finally done we taped with a special thin rice paper tape to get a sharp line. Rich put on 3 coats of cobalt blue paint and it looks really sharp.
We paid the yard to power-sand our bottom paint so we can renew it before we leave the yard. It was wonderful never having to scrape the hulls last year and we want to repeat that experience.
|This photo shows the pock marks that needed to be filled. The red is the auto body putty.|
|Mixing the paint|
|Old boot stripe taped and ready to be sanded.|
|Pulling off the last tape. Yeah!!|
And the big project in process now is replacing the 6 large windows on the salon. More about that later...