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Old 03-23-2010, 04:30 AM   #21
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RE: The 'Start of the Season List'

Well, we've silent for two days now mainly because we are exhausted!

The last two days have seen,

1) Card reader for pics arrve, but can't make it work (yet)!

2) Two full coast of Teamac antifoul applied - and my face looking just as blue as the hull...

3) Port engine Rydlyme flushed as well.

4) Engine anodes changed.

5) The yard has started the stern thruster installation.

6) All brightwork apart from the flybridge, is now polished an waxed.

Right now, the problem we have is that Friday weather shows Force 7 / 8 which is just not acceptable. The forecast only goes to next Monday, and there appears to be no let up.

Hmmm.

Will try to get pics up asap.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:03 PM   #22
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Hi sloboat.

Yes and No. Before the process I had to remake a gasket at the 'colder' end of the heat exchanger. The build up was such that the bottom third of small tubes was probably completely blocked, and the part up to half was almost blocked. The upper half appeared clear. There was a mush of zinc where the anode used to be.

I haven't chacked after the event, but the cruising water temp should be a good indicator. Of course, I could always open up the exchanger again and look...

However, the zinc mush has gone. How do I know? I put an angled scraper into where the zinc is seated and found nothing at all to pull out.

It took about 2 hours for the fizzing to stop. Certainly, the main rubber hoses don't crackle anymore when squeezing them.

If I have tiome before launch on Friday I'll take a look...
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:59 AM   #23
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Day 11 - The yard is still fitting the stern thruster.

This entails moving the transom anodes and re-siting them under the hull. Will this incease drag? Maybe a bit, but I somehow doubt it will make a meassurable difference. But without doubt it will afford better protection since it will be line of sight with the running gear.

Since there are two engineers on Play d'eau, Lin and I spent most of my time off the boat.

1) Prepared and primed the two new bow thruster props (see day 4) and the two stern thruster props.

2) Placed an anode onto each of the prop shafts.

3) Had the struts supporting Play d'eau moved so I could antifoul where they'd been.

4) Lin completed polishing and waxing the brightwork on the flybridge.

Westher is still looking dreadful for launch day (Friday) - we'll see.

I now have all the gear to do the pics, so I will give it my best shot in a few minutes!

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Old 03-24-2010, 02:35 AM   #24
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And some pics at last - hope they work!
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:12 AM   #25
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WooHoo.....looks like you got the pic thing figgered out. Great pics and thanks for sharing!!!
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Well for us folks here in Florida, it's just a good wash of the boat.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:51 PM   #27
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Thanks for the great pics Piers.
The new bow-thruster props sure look interesting. Looking forward to hear how they perform.
Cheers,
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:12 AM   #28
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Hi Bendit,

The replacement bow thruster props are metal. The props for the new stern thruster are plastic (?). Makes you wonder if the bow replacements are made in metal to justify the charge!
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:34 AM   #29
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Day 12 - and we're on the final run.

Stern thruster has almost been fully installed by the yard and I'm really impressed with the quailty of the work by the three guys doing it. Mat, Steve and Bobby make a great team.

With the new controllers fitted, all that remains is completion and final testing.

I managed two jobs today. Well, one and half really.

Cleaning and sevicing the sea-water strainers (that accounts for one job). The half job was in organising for the topsides to be polished. The yard here (Marine and General, Guernsey) has been flat out whilst Play d'eau has been on the hard, and they no manpower available to do the polishing. So I approached a recommended third party company (John Knight & Co) which was able to start immediately to meet our launch date. The work Keith and Allan are doing is excellent. Really pleased.

Launch day should be tomorrow but the weather still looks poor. Maybe we will hold off until Saturday.
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Thanks for the update Piers. Keep us posted.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:28 AM   #31
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Day 13 - Complete!

...and we launched at 2:30pm, a day early. It was a rush, but we managed it.

Stern Thruster installed, tested, tunnel and props antifouled, and the new bow thruster props anti-fouled and installed as well.

She was lifted, anti-foul touched up where the struts had been, and gently placed in the water. Whilst held in the strops, we ran the engines up - they were fine, and running so sweet!

The spring tide was on the ebb, so we left as quickly as poss to catch the 3 hour window fr access to Beaucette marina - which we did.

Once moored up, we simply shut her down and went back to the appartment to a supper of local vedg and pork. The local vedg in Guernsey is so great. Growers leave bags or vedg at the ends of the their drives with an honesty box for paying!

Tomorrow, we'll clear and clean her up. Everything needs 'sorting'. But we'll be ready for a good season.

Hurrah!
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:59 AM   #32
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Some more pics. The final pics will be added tomorrow....
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Those Flemings are nice boats. In my next incarnation, I need to be richer - decidedly richer.
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