Friday, 22 October 2010

Jobs to do... winter 2010/2011

I suspect this post will become a bit of a moving feast as I add and complete various items.. but here's my starter for ten....

  1. My mother-in-law has offered to sew me up some new cushions for the cabin to replace the current one's which I think must be original...having slept on the boat on at least two occasions I can confirm you may as well lie on newspaper!
    1. Find the material - needs to be waterproof but sew-able - apparently my wife knows just the stuff
    2. Find the foam - a quick glance at the web would indicate this stuff is priced like gold dust.. more research is required!
  2. New s/s shackle for where the bottom of the cunningham (down-haul to us unrepentant windsurfing types!) connects to the bottom of the mast - currently a nasty galvanised job
  3. New s/s shackle for the top of the jib where it connects to the roller furling foil - currently a very small shackle with split pin - not up to the job
  4. Small plastic eye to whip into the end of the new topping lift
  5. Replace/renew topping lift
  6. Replace/renew jib halyard
  7. Rip out old cabin lining below the shelving - take back to GRP, prime and paint - extend the paint into the quarter berths, and forward as required.
  8. Investigate cabin lining forward to see if I can make an interim repair that's neater than fourteen strips of gaffer tape!
  9. Re-splice rope to anchor for main anchor - looking worn and slightly frayed..
  10. Finish off the electrical connections for masthead and deck light that I put back together earlier in the summer but haven't tested - need to confirm positive..
  11. Rub back and refresh the varnish down below, and on the washboards - do this after the painting
  12. Build "A" frame for easier mast lowering and raising - two bits of three by three, hinged with an eye bolt, and with a big lump of pulley and tackle should make raising and lowering the mast a whole lot easier - and may mean I can take advantage of the club lift in rather than having to trundle the trailer along the road.. this is not a high priority item - the advantage is it can be built at home in spare time.

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