|April - August 2009
Small items like installing hand holds, battery charger, companion way
steps replaced, begining the head laminate installation.
September 2009 -
Fitting a Comar Multi AIS required some manipulation of the cabling,
more trim added in the head area. I hate laminate - very difficult to
produce a good job in uneven ceiling and surfaces. The companion way
steps now hinge from the floor allowing better access to the engine and
incorporate storage and tools.
October 2009 -
The Laptop computer is now mounted vertically on the bulkhead which
makes it a little less vulnerable to salt water and coffee. While doing
the headlining in the forward cabin I noticed a small crack between the
wood hatch surround and the cabin top - I gave a gentle push against the
hatch from underneath and found it to be floating which would have been
somewhat embarrassing had a wave taken it away leave a half metre hole
in the deck. Trying to blame someone became a bit more embarrassing when
I realised it was my responsibility - I removed the old bolts, I
re-stained the timber surround, I should have noticed it was not
secured. It is now! My other recent cockup was the autopilot not
working. I finally worked out that I had interferred with the compass
cabling to the control unit so it didn't have a clue which way the boat
was heading. After much more fiddling this is now fixed as well. I'm
still very impressed with the manoeverability of the S&S34 (with the
sail drive and prop I have) - in and out of my berth is so easy single
handed. No noticeable prop walk - she just follows the tiller. Coming in
is a breeze - I just let her follow my line and a short burst in reverse
pulls her up dead alongside the finger. It's just that easy. And I
hesitated for a long time taking her out by myself. Must admit a working
autopilot makes things much easier.
November 2009 -
Wow that October entry was a mistake - next time out everything went
wrong. Scaped the finger reversing out of the berth, the autopilot
stopped again - the intermittent connection wasn't fixed. Then no wind
to speak of so coming back in keeping to starboard in the Watson Inlet
channel - too much to starboard. The sounder says 0, no matter, still in
the channel so just push through - wrong! stuck and the tides on the way
out. After another hour or so I could see the error of my ways - about 4
feet off the channel but those 4 feet could have been 4 miles. I was
going nowhere. Decided to wait til I floated off - 4 hours later still
stuck and it was getting late. Called the marina and the guys from
Supreme Marine threw me a line and I was free. Coming back into the
berth wasn't a spectacular success either. Had to fend off! Maybe just
one of those days.
December 2009 - January 2010
More painting and tidying up. Put in some vinyl tiles on the cabin sole
to make it look a bit more presentable. New main sail delivered with our
new sail number of Y186 (was MH186 - Middle Harbour - who apparently
have no historical records!). Now working on enhancing the ice box
(reducing the size and increasing the insulation.
February 2010 - July 2010
Fitted spinnaker downhaul block. Finished painting, fitting a skeg to an
8 foot pram dinghy which is now installed on the foredeck. Small matter
of altering the dinghy seat to be finished. Organised for MM to be
slipped in April.
Gratified that after 20 months in the
water no sign of blisters or any other issue apart from where the
supports had been prior to launching August 2008. Very little pitting of
the zinc on the motor which is also welcome news and the fuel tank has
been removed for pressure testing again.
On further inspection we did find problems which has meant a lot of
bottom sanding - the fairing epoxy which was liberally applied over the
"new" hull was not mixed sufficiently well and resulted in the
microballoons absorbing water which expanded and has lifted the epoxy
undercoat in places. The skeg is particularly bad. The fairing was also
not that good and made more difficult because of the softness of the
fairing epoxy. Being fixed under warranty - the test will be in 18
months when she comes out of the water again.
Problem with the iCom VHF traced back to the output power module - more
August 2010 -
Back in the water with check made to water tank, stern frame for new
solar panels and somewhere to mount TV and emergency VHF antenna. Comar
AIS back to the UK after determining that it wasn't registering AIS
traffic. Seatalk to NMEA MUX installed which allowed all data to be fed
through the AIS and displayed on the SOB/CMaps chart - worked well
except no AIS information. Yachtbits UK were very good replacing the AIS
Multi and when re-installed I can now see marine traffic at last.
Added an extra 20W solar panel and small 18AH battery up forward to
power the head and anchor winch, tiller extension, bow fairleads.
January 2011 -
So whats still to do? - ordered a new No 1 furling headsail, shelf in
the cockpit locker, locks on the gimballed stove, HF radio, main sail
cover and extra fresh water. Maybe do some sailing too! Put together a
web site for the Yaringa Mariners Club - www.ymc.org.au
Nervously purchased a No 1 Headsail (above) from HLM China Sails and
boom cover. Need not have worried - arrived before scheduled, looks to
be great quality, well cut and put together. Only problem is my
measurements on the boom stack cover - its a bit tight. The price for
these sails is about half of locally produced.