All In A Day’s Work

Leander's mast hangs high on a travel lift, ready for re-stepping.  This is in Dunkerque, France.

Leander’s mast hangs high on a travel lift, ready for re-stepping. This is in Dunkerque, France.

It was mostly fun this summer and fall, but we also did a substantial amount of work on Leander, including the following:

Work done Summer and Fall 2012

Electronics

  • Repair broken fuse holder at battery charger
  • Clean and install speed-log through-hull fitting
The tachometer removed.  Anyone got a spare one of these laying around?!

The tachometer removed. Anyone got a spare one of these laying around?!

  • Trouble shoot non-functioning tachometer; repair, and identify fault in odometer
  • Remove Raymarine Lifetags (they are a nuisance)
  • Recalibrate battery monitor
  • Install new cord in cockpit VHF handheld
  • Install repaired stereo

Engine

  • Repair corroded wire at engine pump that had caused temporary engine failure
  • Obtain compressor and air hose, remove hose at raw water inlet and replace with pigtail hose, and blow out debris that had accumulated in the canals in France; repeat second time when problem reoccurs
The transmission was trashed by the not-so-able repair shop in Marmaris.  Here, the broken parts laid out on a bench in Athens.

The transmission was trashed by the not-so-able repair shop in Marmaris. Here, the broken parts laid out on a bench in Athens.

  • Major overhaul of transmission in Athens, Greece, to address catastrophic failure after Turkish repair shop improperly assembled parts
  • Check engine to ensure proper alignment after installation of new mounts
  • Tighten alternator belts
  • Replace damaged raw water pump impellor
  • Trouble shoot engine to locate coolant leak; identify failed hose clamp near oil cooler, and replace; identify slight leak at elbow exiting exhaust manifold and tighten connecting bolts
  • Identify water seepage at stuffing box and readjust fittings to stop the leak

Exterior

  • Scrub deck to remove various stains from waterways transit
  • Scrub topsides to remove stains from waterways transit
  • Obtain and refurbish two road bicycles

 Lighting

  • Install light on cabin top of main cabin, drill hole in cabin top, and run relevant wiring to nav station
  • Repair cabin light near radio
  • Install new instrument panel lights
  • Install extension line and new plug on flood lamp
  • Install foredeck light on mast and adjust

Plumbing

  • Fabricate and install bracket to hold shower head in middle of shower space
  • Replace American-style propane tank with European equivalent and install system fittings to match
  • Remove clog in sink’s macerator pump
  • Attempt to trouble shoot sink drain macerator pump, purchase new pump, and install
  • Repair leak at galley sink
  • Install and plumb third drain for shower in bathroom so that it drains in all conditions
  • Sand and resurface head seat
  • Install shower curtain
  • Install shut-off valve at fresh water lead of watermaker

Rigging

  • Repair lanyard installed at lifeline gate
  • Repair zippers on bimini shade cloths
  • Replace fender lines
  • Cut away damage to anchor line and re-splice line at chain rode
The fancy rigging work on our passerelle, here, outside a shop in Symi, in the Aegean.

The fancy rigging work on our passerelle, here, outside a shop in Symi, in the Aegean.

  • Reconfigure passerelle lines
Clearances on the bridges and tunnels were low, so Leander's mast had to come down, as did the wind generator.

Clearances on the bridges and tunnels were low, so Leander’s mast had to come down, as did the wind generator.

Work Related to Transit of French Waterways

Electronics

The wind generator blades, removed and waiting on the cockpit floor for cleaning and storage.

The wind generator blades, removed and waiting on the cockpit floor for cleaning and storage.

  •  Remove the wind generator, including hack-saw removal of aluminum pole atop which it sits, and disconnection of all relevant wiring, because equipment was too high to clear bridges
  • Disconnect radar cable and pull cable run from nav station through to mast, and reconnect after trip completion
  • Install temporary vhf antenna on bimini and pull wire through deck to AIS connection at nav station, and connect
  • Reinstall vhf antenna

Interior

  • Research and purchase electrical heater
  • Research and purchase paraffin heater

Lighting

  • Rig temporary steaming and anchor light

 Rigging

Paul and a crane operator work to stuff Leander's mast back through the deck.

Paul and a crane operator work to stuff Leander’s mast back through the deck.

  •  Unstep mast, including removal of boom and spinnaker pole, and disconnect all standing and running rigging; replace all after completion of trip
  • New mast boot fabricated and installed
Mast wiring before being pulled.

Mast wiring before being pulled.

 

  • Disconnect all electrical connections at mast and reconnect after completion of trip
  • Prepare mast, boom, and spinnaker pole for shipment by truck across France
  • Service mast when pulled including servicing of all electrical connections, rigging check, reinstallation of electronics, repair of wind vane, check of mechanical fittings, replace zip ties and other items as needed
  • Purchase four additional oversized round fenders for canal transit
  • Obtain six car tires, wrapped with protective plastic and filled with foam (to make them float), for protection during transit

Safety

  • Purchase necessary waterways guides

Sails & Canvas

  • Remove and shrink wrap main sail and jib
  • Clean dodger and bimini, and re-apply waterproofing

Work Done to Prep Boat for Winter Storage

Dinghy

  • Pickle dinghy engine for winter
  • Remove dingy from water, clean, including sunbrella cover, and store for winter

Electrical

  • Set up shore power, including running wires for heaters and dehumidifiers through dorrades, purchase and run necessary extension cords and adapters, conceal wiring.
  • Research and purchase dehumidifier

Electronics

  • Remove batteries from all handheld electronics for winter storage

Engine

  • Flush raw water with antifreeze for winter storage
  • Put biocide in diesel tanks
  • Clean off engine and spray with coat of WD40
  • Change oil & filter
  • Identify and measure all parts for replacement for purchase in the U.S.
  • Cover engine exhaust at exterior outlet with cap to prevent ingress of pests and cold air
  • Check engine anode

Exterior

  • Scrub deck to remove stains from waterways transit
  • Scrub topsides to remove stains from waterways transit

Interior

  • Purchase and install canvas winter cover for boat
  • Cover cockpit cubbies to prevent water ingress
  • Clean all cabins to address moisture and mildew buildup
  • Clean, dry, and wash numerous objects.
  • Remove substantial amount of superfluous paperwork and equipment
  • Clean interior wood-work with bleach and vinegar to address mildew
  • Vacuum water from bilge
  • Wash and dry various clothing items and shoes to address mildew and store all in waterproof bags

Plumbing

  • Drain water tanks
  • Drain fresh water system
  • Close all through-hulls
  • Pour antifreeze into freshwater system
  • Drain hot water heater and fill with antifreeze
  • Re-pickle water maker with antifreeze
  • Identify leaks in fresh water system caused by falling temperatures and begin to address
  • Pour antifreeze into toilet
  • Pour antifreeze into bilge
  • Disconnect propane for winter
  • Empty, defrost, and clean fridge

Rigging

  • Fresh water wash and spray all blocks, sheaves, and other mechanical rigging parts with WD40
  • Remove flags for winter
  • Lube windlass
  • Clean anchor chain with fresh water
  • Clean and lubricate mooring springs

Safety

  • Clean foulies for winter storage
  • Wash, dry, and store lifejackets
  • Wash, dry, and store jacklines
  • Wash, dry, and store Alexander’s harness and tethers
  • Arrange for repair of foulie jacket under warranty

Sails & Canvas

  • Remove foam from cockpit cushions and dry; clean cockpit cushion covers and dry; store all for winter
  • Arrange for repair of main sail
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