We've been hauled out for almost 3 weeks now. Many projects underway, many more yet to begin. None are yet completed!!! Or so it seems.....
The first of the majors is to fix the "coral bite" we received in the Fulaga pass last season in Fiji. ( see http://svbravo.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/fulaga-fijia-magical-experience-part-1.html for the recount of how it happened)
After the incident on the reef, we dove the boat and decided that the damage was "just a flesh wound", not structural, and that the most sensible approach was to continue our cruising season and worry about the repairs when we arrived back in New Zealand.
Well we're back, and it's time to roll up our sleeves and begin.
As you can see from the photos, the trailing edge of the keel took the worst hit, when we backed off the reef.
|Starboard side shows how the delaminated glass flexed|
|Forward edge fared better, just some scrapes. (BTW, that's not "night soil" in the bucket....just galley sink waste!!!)|
|Adam prepares for the operating room|
A few inches of shattered glass needs to be removed. We've decided to do most of the grinding before we leave to travel to New Zealand's south island, to be sure all is nice and dry when we return to continue the repairs.
|Important safety reminder: Always wear dustproof flip flops like these when grinding fiberglass!!!|
BRAVO's keel is lead encapsulated in fiberglass, and happily there is no structural damage to the boat itself. We were also concerned that water might have migrated beneath the epoxy barrier coat, but some exploratory holes shows all along the bottom edge of the keel appears dry.
|Maybe we should just embed a few shark teeth in epoxy and call it good???|
|About down to solid glass|
BONUS QUESTION: What is the item pictured below?
If you guessed a gizmo from a passing Russian spaceship you were.........
|Old and the new sump boxes|
Cindi's been hard at work on new mozzie screens for BRAVO. We'll be heading into malaria country next season, and mozzies were getting under the old screens with their little top hats on. The new screens are sweet as!!! She even sewed up a set of magnetic ones for Dirt Bravo, our camper van.
|Trial fit seems about right|
That's all the news for now. On Wednesday we'll be packing up Dirt Bravo and heading down to the south island for 6 weeks of adventures.....stay tuned!
And in the meantime, GO SEAHAWKS in tomorrows Superbowl!!!!!