Our refit project continues forward, albeit at a truly glacial pace. It's a helluva lot of work. We took a few weeks off to travel with Seattle amigos David and Diana, making it deep into the South Island. Had some great adventures, and saw some wonderful sights.....Another blog post will follow shortly on that journey.
But there is progress on several of Bravo's fronts...
|Mock-ups of the 3 starboard tanks awaiting fabrication. Not a right angle in the lot!|
Exterior woodwork: Scraping off of all old varnish is finished, and we've begun sanding to get ready for the new finishes to follow. Hopefully if the forecast rain holds off, we will be completely sanded within the next week. (yes, we have LOTS of woodwork)
Rigging: The boom came back from the welder, and looks great. We had a lot of reinforcing work done of weakened areas, and installed a new reefing system. We are also replacing the rest of the standing rigging, and that should be finished in the next few days.
Sails: Our main sail and genoa have both been repaired, and await pickup.
Canvas: We received our new dinghy cover (old one was stolen when the dinghy and motor went on walkabout from the Whangarei town dock) Also had repairs made on the dodger and bimini.
Mechanical systems: Generator is in the shop, having completed a major refurbishment, including injectors, injection pump, heat exchanger, and substituting many of our new spare parts in storage for those on the genset, so we should be good to go for many more hours.....(knock on wood!!!) Engine will get it's 1000 hour service when we're back in the water.
Those are the major pieces to our refit puzzle. Lot's of minor ones interspersed, of course....tracking and stopping leaks, rebedding port holes, reinstalling all hardware removed for the painting work, reinforcing the rubber tubes of the dinghy, regalvanizing our anchor and chain, other rigging modifications, etc. It's coming, but slowly.
Stay tuned for a photo and travel blog update on our terrific recon journey around this terrific country.
|BONUS PHOTO: Shipwright next door to us shows true kiwi ingenuity!!!|