It is time for the annual boat spruce up, but this year, there is a difference. This is because we are getting closer to giving up work – we can’t bring ourselves to utter the R word, unless it’s Run away or Run amok, or even Rejoice, or Recreate… But before we do (which incidently is still well over a year away) there is a long list of jobs…and you know what boat jobs are like: triple the time, triple the money!
Now that Take It Easy is back inthe Gippsland Lakes, we have had our appointment with the shipwrights in Paynesville to go through the task list. We also got the marine gas man to do an inspection, as we suspected our gas appliances were not exactly compliant. PPP-painful… So here is the list, which we will work through over the coming months:
Purchases and Installations
- New gas stove top – not only do we get a non rusty, shiny, smaller one, but it will also be compliant, whereas the old one was not (installed too close to the back wall).
- New spinnaker – we have to retire Big Red as we get a new puncture hole every time we launch it! But we like it so much we are getting it copied. Big questions: what colour will it be and what will we call it? Big Orange just does not sound as good as Big Red.
- New boom bag – to replace our faded, mouldy, torn one. Stop arguing, Wadie, we are getting another new bright orange one!
- Consider a new mainsail – Wade reckons there is still life in it, but I think it’s stretched and ragged. Negotiations are still in progress… Just think of how speedy we would be with a brand new main!
- New mainsail halyard (the one that goes up the mast) – last thing we want is for it to break underway… I like being winched up to the top, but not in the ocean.
- New big multifunction display screen for all the instruments – so we can actually see the chart plotter without a magnifying glass!
Repairs & Maintenance
- Sanding and re-varnishing of our beautiful internal timber work – the New Guinea Rosewood table and some of the wood paneling have suffered some wear and tear from a certain pussycat claws and the effect of the sun.
- Sanding and re-varnishing of cork floors which are showing sign of wear.
- New Laminex on the galley benches – the existing laminate tops are looking very tired and the green specks in the lookalike granite clash with our colour scheme. Possible contenders for the new tops are shown here.
- Installation of gas and CO2 sensors – for safety and compliance purposes.
- Data aerial up the mast for improved communication.
- Repair to port bow – where a fisherman in a tinny ran into the front of us at Port Albert.
- Remake of all deck hatches (x4) – they are looking a bit suspect and we don’t want any rot!
- Reinforcement of stringers under the bridge deck – a weak point in the boat.
- Hulls clean up and antifoul.
- Sanding and repaint of the decks and cockpit – we are sick of flaking paint.
- Polishing of the hulls so they look nice and shiny – bird poo and deck paint oxidization make for horrible white dribble marks on the blue hulls.
Some of the jobs are for Tim and James, our Shipwrights, others are for us to tackle. Some can be done while we are at our jetty, other will be done when we haul the boat out of the water in November. So we have plenty to keep us amused during winter and spring… Our aim is to get it all done just in time for our next Summer Cruise. We won’t know ourselves once all of this is completed!