The last several weeks have been spent on many smaller tasks, with some left partially finished until old parts were rebuilt or new parts ordered.
One of the important things was to get the engine completely connected to shaft, fuel, water, and exhaust, and give it a test run to check for operation and leaks. This went well, even though I discovered that Vetus water strainers love a slight vacuum, but won't tolerate any pressure without leaking water all over the locker. This turned out to be a good test of water being able to find it's way to the bilge without flooding any lockers!
Bennath has a total of seven winches: four in the cockpit, two on the mast, and one on the coach roof. Every winch needed disassembly and cleaning, before reassembly with fresh grease, and new pawl springs. The sheet winches needed the drums re-plated, but the rest were still in acceptable condition.
|Typical winch condition.|
|Older style Lemar 40 in pieces, newer Lewmar 40 with aluminum drum on right.|
Most of the old bronze deck hardware that had peeling chrome was also replated, along with the winch drums. The stainless items were polished on a buffing wheel.
My surveyor, Brian Beckett, paid a visit and checked the integrity of the hull and decks. He also recommended I remove the stem fitting and inspect it for corrosion.
|Prying off stem fitting.|
|It was a relief to find it in perfect condition! |
|Foreground: The mast in the straightening jig.|
Background: Brent Jacobi of Blackline Marine (L), friend and helper Vern Lhotzky (R).
|Not much to see, but there're two 24" long reinforcing plates inside, |
held in by machine screws, and it's straight !
|1/2" copper stubs with knurled ends ready to epoxy in.|
|Larger drain opening.|
|Relocated and enlarged starboard lid scupper drain.|
|V-Berth small access door to engine lid latch.|
|V-Berth engine access panel opened.|
|Battery access lid in V-berth floor.|
|Lid open, showing the two battery boxes.|
|Battery box floor, firmly attached to boat, with provision |
for a 360° strap around the floor and plastic box for each battery.
|Left: original sheave, Right: re-grooved sheave.|
|Mast exit sheaves and new axles.|
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