Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Refit time

The old girl is getting a much deserved refit. Out with the old 1978 Mercedes OM636 42HP, and in with a new Yanmar 4JH5E (53 mhp).  With it a new prop shaft, and prop.

After starting this the "too do" list kept growing. Here is the list of jobs so far.

  1. Old engine removed out through the Butterfly hatch.
  2. Water and Diesel Tanks out, pressure tested and repaired. The water tanks were gone and will be replace, the Diesel tanks were ok, just need a repair.
  3. To do the above job much of the woodwork needed removal. This was done by Mali from yacht haven.
  4. All sea cocks out, repaired or replaced.
  5. All hoses for water tanks replaced.
  6. Bilge painted with Bilgekote.
  7. Inside hull areas painted with Interlux Toplac.
  8. New engine beds made.
  9. Engine installed.
  10. Soundproofing.
  11. Electric system rewired.
So far there is still heaps to do.
Here are a few pictures of the progress so far.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Phi Phi to Phuket, With Paul, Trace, Ruby and Marty

After a 5 hour sail from Phuket to Phi Phi we arrived late in the afternoon. We only had time to meet up with Marty and go to Phi Leh Lagoon. That place is awesome. We were anchored in 25 metres of water right at the entrance to the lagoon.

On return to Ton Sai Bay that evening we anchored near the large limestone cliff and agreed to head off the next day for the sail back to Phuket via Maya bay ("the beach" filming location)

Maya Bay was outstanding, especially not on one of those tourist boats. I found a nice mooring line close to the reef, snorkel on, in the water and were surrounded by fish and coral.

The trip back to Phuket island took longer than expected with a strong headwind and swell. We encountered a few squalls and heavy monsoonal rain.

Good trip.But WAY too short and rushed.  Next time Marty we will have more cockpit cushions and be better set up, and have a much more relaxed time.

Pictures in random order and not sorted.