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. To do the above job much of the woodwork needed removal. This was done by Mali from yacht haven.
  3. New engine beds made.
  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.
  8. Engine installed.
  9. Soundproofing.
  10. 2 new Stainless steel water tanks fitted
  11. Inbuilt rear bilge water tank, cleaned, epoxied, new top made and fibreglassed in
  12. Both diesel tanks removed, welds redone, some repairs made to weak areas, epoxy coated and re-fitted.
  13. Compression post drained, hole drilled at bottem, re-fibreglassed
  14. Electric system rewired.
  15. All woodwork refitted interior
  16. New teak fitted to cabin top
  17. decks and all wood above waterline sanded
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.