More Boatyard

We found out at the beginning of the week that our hopes of getting Tahina back in the water by the end of this week were dashed. First, we already suspected the weather was going to prevent the painting on Tahina’s hull bottoms. Which is true. Second, there is a backlog of boats wanting to haul or go back in the water. So, the nearest date they could book us is next Friday – 6th of May. We are bummed to have to wait another week in the boatyard, but there is still plenty to do, and Tahina will be that much cleaner and better for the extra time. Our stress levels are a little lower thanks to the extra time as well.

This week has already been quite productive. Here are some highlights:

The engine guy came and finished the work on the generator. In addition to a tune up, it needed a thorough clean-up because of a leak that had developed in some of the hoses. Also, we discovered some of the issues leading to our raw water impellers failing too early and resolved them. He also lowered our coolant overflow tank which was too high, and replaced some hoses. The props and zincs were also put back on, so the engines are all set for a sea trial when we get back in the water. All the work was done by Russell of RJ Services here at the boatyard. He is an experienced professional, and I picked up a lot of useful tips from him.

We took our main sail cover into Doyle Sails and they did repairs on it with same-day service. This enabled us to get it back on the next morning which was the only day with light winds forecasted this week. The procedure to put it back on went more quickly since we now knew what we were doing. We got a new zipper for the cover, so it should serve us well the next season or three.

The hull sides have now been cleaned and waxed, so those parts are looking shiny. I’ve also been gradually shining stainless all over the boat and things are looking good there too. The big job left for us will be cleaning and waxing the tops. But, we don’t want to start that until we are closer to leaving the yard. We have also been cleaning all the bilges and cleaning and treating the internal thru-hull fittings. Not so fun.

Still plenty of little projects. But, we’re getting to the point where jobs left are things we can do after the boatyard. So, that’s a good thing. Next week Karen will start going to the stores to provision our foods and supplies for the next few months. We also have to get the car sold soon. Another little challenge.

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6 Responses to More Boatyard

  1. Steve says:

    It’s very much looking like you’ll have time to splash, have your sea trials and still catch the next bus to Fiji. Feel your pain but it’s good to have time to do things right.

  2. Frank Taylor says:

    Hi Steve, thanks for the words of encouragement. I’m more or less at peace with it, despite my deep longing to be back in the water. Since I can now walk around the entire boat and see projects completed, its starting to feel good.

  3. Mike Brown says:

    Is the amount of work you are doing to Tahina a typical 1 or 2 year requirement, or is some of it just to improve upon some things that are not done from the factory (not meant as any kind of put-down of St. Francis Marine). I know some of your projects are regular maintenance and wear-and-tear items, but I would think painting the bottom of the boat being only about 2 years old seems extreme? I’m a land-lubber so pardon my ignorance. Safe travels…

    • Mike Brown says:

      Sorry, a four year-old boat. Best of luck getting her back in the water and I look forward everyday to seeing your posts of your travels.

    • Frank Taylor says:

      It is normal to have to put new antifoul on every 18mos to 2 years. In some places, and when the paint isn’t effective enough, it’s possible to need new anti-fouling every year. We chose to do a little something extra to Tahina’s bottoms this time. We had them sand off the original primer coats down to the fiberglass. We wanted to replace the primer coats with a stronger shell coat made of epoxy. It was not a requirement, and the original paint was doing its job. But, since we already had other work being done we felt it was prudent.

      The only unusual job done during this boatyard trip was the fiberglass repair under the bridge deck. The boat manufacturer admitted the should have been stronger, and is paying for the work to strengthen them. The work took the one fiberglass guy available at this yard over 2 weeks to complete. If two had been available, it would have gone faster.

      • Mike Brown says:

        Good news then that St. Francis will cover those costs and improve the boat as well. Thanks for the reply, again, best of luck getting back in the water soon and safe travels.

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