Cold, Wet & Making Progress

AngelinaI was lucky enough to come across a picture of Angelina in a past life thanks to the help of the internet. This one was obviously taken some time ago looking all together and ship-shape! In the wind and the rain, working in small spaces and rubbing my hands together to get some blood circulating, this picture spurs me on to get her back to her purposeful best!

So back to progress…. before…..

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and after……….

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Before……..

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and after……………………

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I would love to say that the transformation to the ‘whitework’ was down to hours of cutting compounding and brute force however, this was achieved by a magic product. I accidentially stumbled across this in a chandlery when looking for the easy way out of the aforesaid method. It is called Y10, and it contains an acid that removes staining to the gelcoat. So following a good clean with a diluted traffic film remover and powerwasher, this was the result! Needless to say there is still much more external work to do.

I also had the good fortune to stumble across three lengths of 40ft 3/8 chain to replace the existing anchor rope. I was able to obtain these at a fraction of the price of new as they were not only secondhand but also short lengths. I bought two chain links which required riviting, joined the lengths together and stowed it away in the chain locker. I took the opportunity to also replace the existing 20lb Danforth anchor with a decent 35lb CQR type anchor. This will prove much better in terms of holding and also more suitable for the Westcountry anchorages. Safety first with two kids onboard!

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Next jobs to complete:

  • Engines – Service & cambelt kit changes
  • Anode replacement
  • Installation of Tachometers
  • More work on the windows (Waterproofing)
  • Interior fit out
  • Make and cover interior cushions (Gina!)

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