messing about in boats

Progress at last

Posted in Boat Building & Maintenance, Sailing by Joseph Moore on August 2, 2010

Had a cracking day down at Langstone yesterday. Really great.

Got up early enough that the roads were clear and the beaches around Eastney Lake almost deserted as I went for a stroll before knocking on Chris’ door.

It was a 4pm tide and Chris’ clinker dinghy I use to get out to my boat wouldn’t be afloat until after lunch, so we spent the morning tinkering on his Matilda, 4Jays. The plan originally was to give her a bit of a shakedown sail and take her over to Nervous Tension, but a couple of days earlier while rigging the sails on the mooring in a bit of a blow he’d put the rudder down in the cockpit and somehow the flogging sheets had tossed it overboard. Murphy’s law strikes again, as Chris said “He’s got a lot to answer for, that bloke…” – so a new rudder’s being cobbled together this week.

I’m still having engine issues, in that none of them work at the moment. Well, the Seagull 102 would work if I put some time and effort into servicing it but I’m relatively busy at the moment so it’s kind of easier to just resign myself to throwing a chunk of cash at a decent engine and rebuild the others when I come across some cheap spares.

Nervous Tension’s now happily sat on her mooring in Sinah Lake. Access is a bit rubbish at spring lows, but the tide flows very slowly there – in stark contrast to the deep main channel where it must run at easily 7 knots. It’s also a damn long way in a laden boat with a Seagull Forty Plus chattering away. Anyone locally with a powerboat who’d like to ferry me to my yacht could be my new best friend.

Repairs are going nicely. The stem’s now braced back to the first bulkhead on one side. The saw I’d picked up was so blunt it was quite hard going so we didn’t get the other side done before it became a little uncomfortably lumpy when the tide turned and the wind picked up.

The electrics need a good going over as well. Took the battery aboard but nothing was working – might just be the corrosion on the terminals. Either way it’s a job for a calmer day. There’s nothing like sitting in the bottom of a boat focusing on some work in a short steep chop to make you want to be back on the shore.

I’m also working on a plan to get her back home over the winter for a serious tidy up. So she’s getting there, slowly…

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