Sunday, 13 April 2014

Looking Sweet

The old girl is now out of the paint shop (No not Karen). Just the last coat of paint to go on the roof handrails, but these will only be done once there is no more work to be done top side. The skylight is now all complete and the old mushroom vents have been replaced by stainless steel ones.
The windows have been refitted using stainless security bolts in place of the old ‘pop’ rivets and Garry has made a better job of lining up the front porthole. (Compare with header picture) He had his work cut out owing to some of the holes were only half into the steelwork and you can’t tap half a hole but he has managed to move things around to find good fixing points. Debbie, Andy, Garry and Wayne at Clean Sailing have certainly done us proud
I think it appropriate to point out at this point that now there seems to be agreement in the pipeline over the Pillings NAA CWDF seems to be throwing up other bits to try and unnerve people mooring there. One of which is that mooring under power lines may induce corrosion in a hull. See the picture above. T-A has been moored there for four years now and those are the original anodes, no sign of pitting in the hull.
New gas locker top in place and the name is now on the gas locker where the builders name was originally. The name across the stern was quite often subject to chafing from mooring lines, so it’s better to be where it is.
Large stainless steel lifting eyes are now fitted to the front mooring bollards to take a stand off bar I have been making over the week-end.
Heath Robinson would be proud.
The theory is that the strap will clamp round the post at the head of the mooring and the shaped rubber bush will bolt through the lifting eye, thus holding T-A away from the post and protecting our new paintwork. The bent stretcher bar is to allow the stand off to drop close to the post when not in use.
Behind, the front fender has been soaked in detergent and pressure washed to bring it up as best I can.
Still plenty to do but we’re getting there.
Time to play catch-up in the garden.

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