By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail - Benjamin FranklinAs our intended departure looms for our return to SE Asia in July, it is all go, go, go! Whilst we have completed many jobs, the list doesn't seem to be getting shorter!
So what have we doing to the old girl (that's Tientos) back in Darwin?
Firstly, it was the removal of the water sodden bulwarks. The originals were some 6 inches high, flush with the sheer line, but over the years the timber had become water logged and deteriorated to the point the tracks were ripping out. So off they came!
|The original bulwarks|
Once the bulwarks were replaced with timbers, netting was installed to protect the cats (who had already fallen in)...thank goodness for the hawsers alongside.
|Sinh checks out the new bulwarks and netting|
|No exit here either!|
|Bennett and Sinh confirm the solar panels are in place|
The anchor winch was reseated, the electric motor replaced and the winch repainted. During this exercise the cranse iron dropped! Given the muddy bottom, it was time to bring in the diver, who did find it under supervision!
|Supervising the diver|
In the saloon the seats were recovered making them now cat-resistant and the carpet floors were replaced with timber. And, as detailed in our previous post, the fridge/freezer was finally rebuilt.
|Keith replaces the flooring|
|New cat resistant covers|
So what is still on the to-do list? Or the buy list?
- New steering hydraulic pump for the helm
- Upgrading the emergency steering system
- Propeller checked for balance and wear
- Shaft checked and cutlass bearing replaced
- Rebuild the rudder (the current open cell foam has degraded)
- Check the heat exchangers (we last had them done in 2012), injectors and the motor impeller
- Replace the standing rigging
- Replace all sea cocks (we had replaced all the plastic ones with bronze in 2005 but want new ones for peace of mind)
- Gas system re-checked
The biggest wish is a water maker as we enjoy our remote cruising but this is a serious expense when we can carry 2 tonnes. My argument is Keith's back is not getting any younger and the 'hunter and gatherer' expeditions are getting harder.
We will keep you posted on the preparations...
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!