Rudder tiller Project 

It is ready! the rudder worked perfectly but it didn’t look so good and I thought that I had extra time on my hands so I made it better.​

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Above you’ll see the starting point. It looked worn out but it was healthy teak underneath the surface.

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After the sanding it looked good. I didn’t like the black aluminium autopilot thing so I made a new one from teak.

 

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I joined the autopilot thing with long sturdy screws and epoxy. I will not brake.

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More layers of varnish and some sanding between the layers.

 

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After eight layers of varnish I am starting to feel satisfied. The varnish I used was Epifanes.

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And here is the end result! Tadaa!

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Splicing the genoa Halyard

I was working with the genoa and noticed something weird in the halyard splice. It felt empty and when I looked more precisely I noticed that it was spliced only with the cover of the rope.

It had lasted pretty well, but I wanted to fix it better.

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    Fu#%! First time trying halyard splicing. I learned a few things, example you should remember to put the shackle in the loop before finishing the job… 😬(or make a bigger loop for attaching the shackle later…)

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Easter bunnies and flying sailboats

Our kid is helping me while I put some paint under the keel.

Finally it was time to put it in water! 

Our boat was the first from this winter docking area which was raised away. So it had to be lifted over another boat and some bushes. Happily the crane operator was a skilled professional so there was no dramas. 

It is still pretty uncrowned in the harbor, only 3 sailboats in water. 

Everything went well and engine started right away. Tomorrow I will do some major cleaning and rigging!

Painting and waxing and messing up the fresh paint

This weekend it was time to put antifouling paint to the bottom of the boat. It wasn’t too warm but adding some thinner helped the job.

While the paint dried I decided to try some waxing. It went pretty well but I managed to wax some fresh antifouling paint in the waterline and it was a pain in the ass to clean. But the end result worth the sweat, it turned out beautiful! The boat looks like new.

Speaking of pain in the ass. I also decided to change the old anchor light. It could have been fixed with a drop of crc and tape, but that would have been to simple.

I checked that this is an easy job with just unscrewing of two screws and putting a new light replacing the old worn one.

Ok, first screw was pretty easy. Some crc and force to open the screw which was stainless steel from the aluminum masthead.

Second screw was a #%***#! It snapped apart from the base without leaving any screw to open it with pliers or anything. After some bad language and thinking I decided to drill a new hole in the middle of the old snapped screw. I actually didn’t believe that would work but apparently I had some skills or good luck and I managed to make a new hole for the screw.

Of course I also had to measure and cut two new screws because the first old screw was bent and second was snapped.

Next time I shall use tape and crc… (probably this version is going to last at least 25 years though.)

New screws for the anchor light

Primer time

Today it was time to add another layer of varnish for the tiller and a little bit of primer paint to couple of spots in boat bottom.  Maybe I’m being too precise and fiddle but now I know that the bottom is perfect. 

I hope tomorrow is warm enough for antifouling painting.

For reminder: I’m going to use Hempel’s Hard Racing XTRA, color: penta grey. (Last owner used hempel’s glide speed, and this paint replaces the glide speed which isn’t available anymore.) 

Teak tiller renewal pt.1

Shitty weather continues. So I have to carry on trying to find something to do inside.

The steering tiller started to show some wear and looked old. I thought that let’s see what we could do about it. I noticed that the wood is high quality teak and there wasn’t any reason to change it for a new one. It was only visual thing. Some sanding later it seemed like a new one. I think I’m going to put a multiple layers of  varnish on top of it. The autopilot attachment thing doesn’t look too good either… Let’s see what we can do about it.

 

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Zinc prob, shiny prop, ice around the dock

Hello. I have a really good Volvo 3 blade folding propeller and reliable yanmar saildrive sd20. But the problem is the zinc between. The previous zinc is Perfect but it is starting to corrode away. I tried to google it but with no luck so far.

Maybe I’ll ask from Volvo.

Sea is still covered by ice, so we are not in a hurry with the boat yet.

Yanmar zinc problem

Volvo Penta and yanmar zinc do not fit properly

Previous zinc

If anybody knows where to find similar zinc than the left, please let me know.

Vinegar bath

Shiny prop

Merisatama still covered with ice…

Too cold for the antifouling

Weather is unstable, at a while it is snowing, then some raining and afterwards the sun is shining. Engine maintenance is ready and now it would be time to put some antifouling paint to the bottom of the boat. The thing is that the antifouling paints need warmer weather without rain.

I managed to sand the old antifouling paint this weekend, also ripped these old stickers away from the sides of the boat. Now I need some warm and dry days to finish the maintenance. Meanwhile I took the tiller with me from the boat for some renovation and washed most of the ropes.

BTW, just heard from the news that there is a storm coming this night. I wander where I will find my winter cover tomorrow morning…

Already late with the spring maintenance 

Seafront is still full of ice, but if I check the pictures from last spring I can see that the first sailboat was on the water in our harbor at the beginning of April. So that makes about two weeks and the season starts!

It is cold outside so I started inside. Maintenance of the engine, saildrive, propeller and interior of the boat this weekend. The engine is in good condition and lets try to keep it that way. New oils and coolant water for the engine and a couple of beers for me.

Saildrive got new oils also. As I said it was cold and the sd oil is pretty stiff stuff so it took about an hour to drain.

I tried to be pro and did a schedule for the spring maintenance. After the first weekend I am already late.

Now I am hungry.

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Saildrive oil change

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Yanmar 2gm20f, durable and easy to maintain

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One of the blades of Volvo 3 blade folding propeller

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I started the drain like this but soon made a fixing and left it to drain by itself
 

 

Video: What is this sorcery? One Swedish fellow wrote that he used just regular vinegar to clean the propeller. All the barnacle vanished and the metal turned color. And you can see the power of vinegar  in the video.