Wednesday, 27 May 2020

17th May 2020

Category: Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Fitted the new summer canopy made for us by our mooring neighbour. Very light nylon canopy of a different design to the standard canopy, new zip position and much larger window.

Old canopy sent away to be renovated ready to be fitted during the winter months.
Parts and/or Items Used: Canopy





Saturday, 16 May 2020

15th May 2020


CategoryEngines, Electrics, Fixtures & Fittings, Stern Glans

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Not so much as a maintenance log more of a record of being able to return to the boat after almost 10 weeks away, due to CoVid19 virus and the national lockdown. The last time the boat was last started and used was way back in November 2019. That means she has laid dormant for almost 7 months.
Today we can visit her and do all necessary maintenance checks, in the last 10 weeks the marina has been out of bounds and inaccessible, although we are still not able to put to sea or on the river.
I am delighted to say that due to early mechanical servicing at the end of the last season the boat is in excellent condition, a little dusty inside but on checking the engines, stern glands, bilges, electrical and gas systems, she is in fine condition. Obviously, the batteries need a good charge, which we have started on our first visit and will continue when we return after the weekend.
Parts and/or Items Used: None


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Date: 5 November 2019


Category: Hull

Maintenance/Repair Details: Following the recent service of both gearboxes I decided to complete the work by cleaning and painting the engine bays of both engines. The area was cleaned and degreased and a good coat of red bilge paint applied. An oil mat was placed under the gearboxes, more for appearance that necessity.

Parts and/or Items Used: Bilge Paint

Stbd gearbox area.

Port engine & gearbox with engine bay covers removed.








Thursday, 31 October 2019

30th October 2019

Caterogy: Gearboxes

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Replaced oil filters and gearbox oil on both gearboxes. Ran up engines and engaged drive whilst securely moored to test .
Removed UJ shaft on starboard gearbox and realigned joints for smooth running.

Parts and/or Items Used: Oil, Oil Filters


Thursday, 19 September 2019

19th September 2019

Caterogy: Engines

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Following our lift in and journey back to Chatham we identified a vibration on the port side propeller shaft. As such the double universal drive shaft from gearbox to plume bearing was removed cleaned and checked, as was all other bolts, fixtures & fittings on the port shaft. One thing highlighted by our resident engineer was the fact that the universal joint on each end may not have been alighted. Test cruise in the near future will answer that question.

Parts and/or Items Used:
Grease


Sunday, 15 September 2019

9th September 2019

Caterogy: Hull, Stern Glans

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Having been lifted out on Monday 9th September we carried out a few minor jobs before commencing anti-fouling today. First coat applied with the added extra on Extra Hot chilli powder. Also had the stern glans checked and tightened.
13th September - Adjusted stern glans and re-secured, restored aft cabin furniture. Refitted curtains & seat covers after having them cleaned. Reinflated fenders and replaced fender socks on damaged ones. Fitted new anodes. Polished hull. 
15th September - Second coat of anti-foul applied. Saloon curtains & covers refitted. Boat made ready for lift-in.

Parts and/or Items Used:
Anti-fouled Paint, Other


Tuesday, 27 August 2019

21st August 2019


Category: Deck Work, Fixtures & Fittings

Maintenance/Repair Details:
Started work today on recoating the deck paint only this time we are using a plastic coating in a lighter grey, hopefully this will avoid the issue of the rubber grip showing through and making the deck look constantly dirty.

Also removed the stern dodger and using fabric paint re-painted the name panel which had worn away over the years.






Day 2 - Re-coated the port side & stern deck.
Day 3 - Re-coated the starboard side.
Day 4 - Commenced repainting deck edging & hatch covers.
Day 5 - Completed the repaint of starboard side deck edging.
Day 6 - Finally completed deck work and snagging.

Footnote: temperature rising each day so by Day 6 air temperature around 32°.

Parts and/or Items Used:
Deck Paint, Other