Preparing to move on board

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Cockpit Table

May 18, 2011

We replaced the cockpit table for a sturdier teak table as we will be eating a lot of our meals outside.

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Odd jobs

May 18, 2011

Mandy has yet to use the boats loo!  “No loo brush = loo not functioning” according to Mandy.  As she is the light of my life (and the chances of being  allowed to sail to the Caribbean if we could not park in a marina each night for her to use their loo – I needed to come up with a solution)  Hence the little addition that will have a big impact on our sailing harmony (Until she reads this!!!!)

A Passerelle  is not just an expensive name for a plank of wood on which you get to shore by crossing the gap between boat and land.  It is your front door.  It sets the standard (etc, etc….  as the salesman insists).  Having been convinced it was a must have we needed to fit a bracket in which it would slot.

Ever wondered why your auto pilot might be showing different course on different days and in different conditions.  Having checked the flux gate compass and found it was loose and flopping from side to side I realised that objects stored in the same locker were just knocking it about.  First task was to tighten the Allen Key.  Next task was to construct a compass guard (made of wood so it would have no effect on the compass of course!!!)

Having scrubbed the winters grime from the teak deck (OK – I enlisted the help of my good pal Alex Jess who set to work scrubbing as I hosed it for him – occasionally [and very accidentally] giving him a liberal spraying if he was slacking!  The deck was looking pretty dried out.  So I decided to oil it.  Horrible job as wiping it on with a rag you end up with splinters going through the rag and embedding themselves in your now well oiled hands.  I think the boat appreciated it because it all seems to have soaked in and now is in need of another dosing.

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New Bimini & Spray hood

May 10, 2011

We wanted a bimini because where we hope to go we will need shade from the sun.  It made sense to replace the spray hood to match because you could no longer see clealy through the window panes.

We had new sails from Kemp sails (Made of hydro net) and Ginny from their canvas department helped with the sprayhood and a new stackaway (Yet to be fitted).  Tecsew built our bimini and made the sprayhood a couple of inches higher – no more cuffing my head each time I go below!!!

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Nav table up grade

April 20, 2011

As we will be taking a number of large folio’s for our paper charts I needed to have the table improved.  Only part of Dufours table opens up.  But my carpenter (Ian Webb) managed to cut the top and join it so that it now opens up to enable an admiralty chart to be accessed.

The next plan was to have somewhere to put all the new instruments. Ian designed me a panel backboard which will open up to help with installation.  All the wires are contained and there is room to add further equipments in the future.

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Finding Secret Smile

October 14, 2010

We had been looking for a boat suitable to move on to and sail around the world for the last year and a half.  The tempo had been increased and we had started visiting potential boats each weekend.

After a disappointment with one viewing (Nice boat but looking very tired and in need of too much work for the money asked).  On a chance scan of the internet ‘Secret Smile’ a Dufour 38 Classic had just come on the market.  We had been looking for yachts between 40 – 45 ft.  But had been shown a Dufour in Plymouth that had impressed us – it had been outside our budget.

‘Secret Smile’ was at the top end of our budget.  But as soon as we had set eyes on her we knew she was the one.  Well kept, with more space down below due to inovative design.  We put in an offer and with a bit of negotiation secured her.

The search is over and phase 2 get ready for the adventure begins!

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