Oh dear.. more work - will worry about it when I get back.
Looks like having taken advice from the smallboatowners yahoo group members, that my fear of Osmosis on Sabuci is a valid one! - as you can see from the little bubbles under the paint on the newest pictures..
Oh dear.. more work - will worry about it when I get back.
Won't be any blogs for a few days, I'm off to StormForce in southampton first thing tomorrow for 5 days to take my Day Skipper Practical. foolishly left today spare for reading up on theory notes and revision, here i sit inside on a glorious sunny day.
Wish me luck!
Have added some more pics today, showing you what little progress I have made with Sabuci after 8 hours with a jetwash!
After quite a few hours spent inside & outside Sabuci a kind chap came over from another boat to give sympathy after having watched me jet wash most the day and not get far, apparenly over winter he'd taken months on his own boat - then found some stuff called "strip it" basically GRP friendly paint stripper! - he's given me the remnants of his tub to use! nice chap!
I need to get some cover alls and goggles first though!
I also Jetwashed the inside of sabuci - which taught me something new today - Leisure 17's dont have drains in their cabins d:)
I shall endevour to go back tomorrow with a bilge pump.. or by time i've finished my day skipper that could be minging!
There is also a photo from yesterday showing Monty's new clean bottom, well as much of it as I could get from under the car port as it was raining so much (you can see my road flooding in background!)
Had some stunning weather today too - well not in a sunny sense - but a couple of thunderstorms and what looked like it was turning into a small tornado - although by time i'd got the cam out the car it had nearly gone.. but it's in the random photo section!
Was searching the web for ideas on a new boat name for Sabuci & found this
Top 10 Sailboat Names from 25,458 records currently in our database
Well I put on my scruffs, some waterproofs & took the jetwasher, the hose, the extension lead and my little ladder down to the boat yard.. as it was school run time it took nearly an hour to get there!
Tomorrow I plan to go back and this time take the lance that fits the end of the jetwasher so i can actually use the dam thing!
Fek & @rse!
Well got changed to do Mont's 2nd cout of Anti foul and it's pouring down.. I have a river under my car port, if this rain doesn't stop I might be gladder than i thought to have a boat outside my house.
Oh while browsing trying to find the RCD raiting of a Leisure 17 i found this site http://www.holger-buhr.de/leisure17.html I think it's dutch or german, he's done a great job of renovating! although I'm not a fan of the glossed loo seat!
Another wet and dreary day, looks like if i'm going to sail this 'summer' i'm going ot have to bite the bullet and just go out in the rain, maybe not on a day like today it still feels like it's blowing a gale. Had to take my CRV (in the pic above to the left) back to the dealer today for a recall on the EGR valve, i'd only managed to re-create the problem intentionally (thats the tester part of me) however a free part with free fitting is not to be turned down, not bad getting recalls at 93,195 miles is it?
This 'free' recall however has cost me over £200.. the Honda dealer in portsmouth is just a little too close to the MarineSuperstore.. what was i to do?, I was there, they were there, it was a beautiful moment!
£15.99 on some Gill sailing gloves - at least if its wet next week on my day skipper I can keep my paws warm
£50 on a Tilly hat.. these things are warranted for life including a 2 year "Free replacement if you loose it" promise - oh and they float too which might come in handy!
£59.99 on 2.5lt of Hempel Blakes dark blue AntiFoul
The rest of the £200 for the more astute of you was spent in Tesco on things like a new sleeping bag and blanket for next weeks Day Skipper.
I have spent most the afternoon Anti fouling Montsurrat as this is the first part of a 3 boat jigsaw puzzle, once she's done, I can take her to the boat yard, beg help on stepping the mast, put her in the water and bring Whisper home.
When I started the Anti foul it was all going great, I couldn't believe how easy it was, i wondered to myself "why does everyone hate doing this so much?" & "maybe I should go into business anti fouling peoples boats, this is so simple" don't get me wrong, anti fouling a bilge keel is easier than a lifting keel sat flat on a trailer!
But 2.5 hours later I have blue painted arms, hands, glasses & face, i look a bit like that blue woman off the X-men.. only less attractive, my back aches and my knee's are killing me
that £9 for the memory foam knee guards in T.K Max last week now seems very cheap.. on my way to Wilkinson tomorrow to pick up another paint tray set for the 2nd coat I might pop back in and treat myself!
While dragging myself under a trailer, and laying on my back trying to reach the underside of the hull and inside of the keels.. the two things going through my mind were:
1. I hope the brakes on this trailer really do work
2. Am i wearing clean undies.. how bad would it be to be found squashed on your driveway by your own boat in yesterdays undercrackers?!
P.s if anyone is after their boat Anti fouling - DON'T ASK ME!
Finally have this blog somewhere close to how I want it, going to delete the last one, was too restrictive,
Am so sick of this weather, I never wanted to just be a fair weather sailer but it feels like it's rained forever now.. i've had one month off already and i think i've had about 5 or 6 days with no rain.
This week I plan to Anti foul Montsurrat, find someone to help me raise the mast for the first time, then sadly bring Whisper home, finish a few cosmetic parts and advertise her
Wow it's been a busy week, after a 388 mile road trip upto Ipswich to 'NOT' see a boat I was interested in I contacted an old boy who's given up sailing now about his tired Leisure 17 in our boat yard, really I only wanted the trailer, but she came with a lot of gear, spare sails, nav aids, new cushions etc and has had a lot of love in her time, it's sad to see her sitting like that, so i made the decision I would buy her and fix her up.
Nothing wrong with that right?
Well i'd also been talking to a guy about a Leisure 17-SL for sale.. and foolishly managed to talk him down to a price i couldnt ignore.. so in the space of 4 hours, I managed to buy myself 2 Leisure 17's!
Sunday 3rd July 2011 Temp: 23
Wind:13 to 15kt's - Force 4.
After doing some reseach the previous night, it dawned on me yesterdays poor performance was down to the boat trim, mainly the weight in the stern with Me, Kathy and 'Oggy' the outboard weighing in at nearly 470lb's.. quite a lot for the stern of a 14ft boat with a total weight of 580lb's
Before setting off today we tidied the cabin, moved as much weight as far forward as possible, i'd even bought a concrete block from home to store in the forecabin.
We set off from Wilsons at about 11.15 am, this time much more professionally than the previous day, having sussed the Fuel on/Off stickers on the outboard are back to front!
We again stopped at the floating mooring, had some quick lunch then got out the new mail sail, tidied the boat and set off, motored a little but soon as we were out of the navigational channel up came the sails.
Wow what a difference a day makes! with the extra weight in the bow, the extra wind over yesterday and the new sail - Whisper felt like a different boat!
She could tack on demand, head very close to wind and even in fairly choppy seas was totally dry and stable, pulling in the boom to be close hauled still didn't get her heeling at all - i didnt feel uncomfortable or worried once.
I wonder if she gives too much confidence, sailing in an F4 in a 14 ft boat with 130lbs of ballast is probably a time to be thinking about a reef.
Saw an old Leisure 17 sailing on just her genoa.. she was doing a good speed!
Saturday 2nd July
Temp 21 degrees
Left Wilsons boatyard finally about 11am after sorting out some teething problems with the outboard
moored alongside the floating pontoon to congratulate ourselves on making it that far, hoisted up the old main sail and cast off still under engine.
Once we finally got into some clear water we pulled up the main, unfurled the genoa and killed the engine, Whisper started to move along, a nice slow pace, but didn't want to turn up wind at all, could only sail about 90 degree's to the wind, making it impossible to sail where we actually wanted to go.
Each turn to wind was met with the boat coming to a stand still and blowing herself back away from the wind
After dinghy sailing in the Itchen river for 2 seasons, in 2010 I bought my own first boat, a West Wight Potter 14, then in 2011 I bough a Leisure 17SL, which we loved and used so much, but quickly out grew so we bought a Hunter Horizon 23, now, 3 years later we have a bilge keel Moody 28, hopefully she will last us a good few years to come.
Trips so far this year.
Sea Holly - 2017
Oriole - 2017
Distance - 498 miles
A Total of 498 Tidal Miles
Usefull web links
Wilsons Boatyard to Chichester marina
Wilsons to Nab Tower
Wilsons to Haslar marina for lunch & back
Wilsons to Bembridge via Ryde for overnighter 24/09/11