Saturday, 7 August 2021

7th August 2021

Category: Electrics, Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details: Replacement of fridge - following some concerns with the old Domestic RM4200 3 way fridge it was decided to finally replace the whole unit rather than pay from a reconditioning service, removal proved the right decision had been made! A few preparation had to be sorted first, selection of replacement, type of fridge, size & cost. We selected an Isotherm Elegance 65L 12/240v model so first job was to remove and blank off the old gas pipe. 240v power point was already in situ so the next job was to run 12v power from battery bay to fridge location.

Come change over day and removal of the old fridge we found the old unit was well past sell by date with extensive corrosion around the gas burner flame unit. It was obvious the right decision had been made.

The new fridge slid into place beautifully with a little bit of cosmetic work around the front edges, powered up on 240v and ran a treat. 12v wiring installed and tested, switched between power sources easily. Job complete.

Parts and/or Items Used: Replacement Fridge, Wood Preserver, Other

Sunday, 27 June 2021

26th June 2021

Caterogy: Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details: Lifejacket Locker - removed, rebuilt and replaced the old heavy locker with a new lighter more spacious version.

Parts and/or Items Used: Wood, Wood Preserver, Other


Friday, 21 May 2021

20th May 2021

Category: Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Something completely different as far as maintenance today. We had an idea to make sitting or viewing while underway a bit easier for our passengers by installing a new deck piece on the same level as the engine cover height. To do this required fitting two new supports either side of the aft cabin door, against the engine cover side panel, strong enough to take the weight of a person sitting or standing on the new deck cover in it raised position. The new supports were made, stained, drilled and installed.

Parts and/or Items Used: Wood, Other

Original deck level 

New side supports made and fitted.

New deck insert manufactured, covered and installed. 

Monday, 17 May 2021

17th May 2021

Category: Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details:
For a long time I have looked at the throttle control area and planned to improve the area. We stated in the previous entry how we sorted out the morse control and now have continued the work by massively improving the area.

The old plastic leather effect covering which was glued completely around the morse control was cut across the joint of the unit, it came away from the origin wood backing easily. The re-exposed wood was stripped of old glue, sanded back and several coats of wood stain applied. A new wood strip was cut, also stained and fixed to cover the area where the covering was cut.

General tiding of the area carried out, step back and admire the job.

Parts and/or Items Used: Wood, Wood Preserver

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

4th May 2021

Category: Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Have at long last tackled the issue of a pitted and unsightly morse throttle control. Thoroughly rubbed down and cleaned it before masking up and applying a generous coat of black hammerite paint. Decided on hammered finish as the control was badly pitted. More than happy with the finish, should have done it years ago.

Parts and/or Items Used: Other Paint

Monday, 26 April 2021

22nd April 2021

Category: Hull, Deck Work

Maintenance/Repair Details:
During the week we carried out a full scrub down and polish of upper structure, chrome work and fittings. Repaired, rubbed down and re-painted after cabin and wheelhouse edging, also saloon window surrounds.

Cleaned depth transducer housing and re-filled with clean oil.

Parts and/or Items Used: Deck Paint, Gloss Paint, Oil

Thursday, 4 March 2021

28th February 2021

Category: Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Mast & weather strip restoration. Continuing the work on the wheelhouse both the mast and roof weather strip were seen to be in need of restoration or repair. The mast was removed and found to have suffered wood rot down the spine which was treated and filled to restore strength and appearance. Re-stained and re-varnished before reinstalling. The roof weather strip was found to be beyond repair with a new one fashioned, stained, varnished and refitted.

3rd March 20121 - Due to the stern light mounting being originally mounted on the weather strip I took the opportunity of making a new mount so that the stern light is mounted independently on the wheelhouse roof. Light cleaned and serviced while off the boat.

Parts and/or Items Used: Wood, Wood Preserver

New weather strip installed

Restored Mast