Sunday, 8 September 2013
Tomorrow the new genoa should arrive. There is loads of little detail things to do, like fixing the handles in place, attachments for the bridle, guides for the roller furling... but with a little bit of luck should be finished by next weekend!
Some people came to ask how we had got such a nice finish on the hull. Answer - loads and loads of preparation before painting. Others asked if we were going to sell her now. Answer - very unlikely, we want to sail her, not sell her. But everything has it's price. I was offered and refused £2,500 in the UK a couple of years ago, so highly unlikely anyone would offer enough to make worthwhile. Still more people said they look forward to seeing her on the water. So do we!
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Today, we put the second, and hopefully final, coat of Mediterranean Blue paint on the deck.
Tim cut off the wood from the frame for the cover. You can just see the cover in the background of the photo. I describe it as a soft cover designed by an engineer... in other words, solid and very strong!
Then we spent the rest of the day removing the final paint from the floor-boards and some of the varnish from the seats.
Friday, 30 August 2013
After that I put the first top coat on the deck. Sadly I was not as pleased with it as I had hoped to be. The paint colour was slightly thin and the grey undercoat was grinning through in many places. Hopefully, the second coat tomorrow will cover it well. Then there is just the white bilges to do and the hull is ready!
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Sunday, 25 August 2013
One thing I had noticed while sailing Galini was that the foredeck tended to bow if you sat or stood on it. While we had been painting the hull the foredeck had been supported on a tyre and had flattened a little. Overnight it had returned to its normal shape but today we decided that the best thing was to reinforce it with a couple of layers of thin marine ply from the inside.
Saturday, 24 August 2013
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Now it's time to leave it to harden while we go off for a sail in the Aegean Sea.
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Last weekend we removed all the rigging and floorboards and started sanding and sanding and sanding to remove all the old paint.
By the end of three stints at this the hull was looking reasonable so we did a further sand yesterday (after this photo was taken) cleaned out and then turned over to do a quick clean of the hull.
One thing that was getting really bad were the handles, so we manufactured and varnished new handles out of teak.