Saturday, September 7, 2019

Preparing for the 2020 Jester Azores Pt 2, the winter work list.

Preliminary winter work list, 6th September:


Mainly for the JAC but including some regular maintenance etc. Sancerre is provisionally booked to be hauled out at Deacon's at the top of the Hamble in November for a month or six weeks and will probably be berthed there through March 2020 before going back onto the summer trot mooring down river.


Ashore at Deacons early 2017


Skeg rebuild 2014
Work when out of the water (1st Nov - 13th Dec):
  • Check cutlass bearing (needed immediate replacement).
  • Check stern gland. OK
  • Check for play on rudder & lower pintle.OK
  • Check skeg & rudder for water ingress etc. OK 
  • If practical remove redundant log paddle and replaced with blank or otherwise seal. Done
  • Check / clean out / lubricate skin fittings and seacocks. Done.
  • Fabricate a prop puller. Done.
  • Remove old prop. Done.
  • Shorten prop shaft? Not required
  • + Bore out and tap nut for Flexofold Done.
  • Fit Flexofold folding prop Done.
  • Check rope cutter with new prop (OK & adjusted)
  • + Polish shaft Apply Prop-shield to shaft and prop to inhibit weed growth. Done
  • Replace Anode. Done
  • Strip back anti-fouling over rust spot on the keel (+ and P Bracket), treat, Prime, fill as necessary, prime.  Done
  • Clean bilge,treat keel bolt nuts and repaint nuts. Done
  • 3 coats of anti-fouling with additional on leading edges etc. Done.
  • + Disconnect Prop shaft, move engine forward, replace cutlass bearing, refit engine etc. Done.
  • + redo antifouling on P bracket after replacing cutlass bearing. Done.
  • + Replace anchor chain, fit plastic & paint 10m markers. Done.
  • + Fit anode to P Bracket. Done.
Antifoul done! :)
Work when on the pontoon:
  • 300 hour engine service Done.
  • + Replace or clean 1st fuel filter. Done.
  • Clear control cable runs so the engine will reliably stay at full throttle. Done?
  • Full standing rigging check including security of the radar reflector, spreader anti-chaff etc. Done
  • Fit plastic covers to rigging screws on main and forward lower shrouds Done.
  • Replace wind sensor battery. Done
  • Straighten / free up / replace windex. Better but not fixed
  • Replace water filter element after flushing the tank and pipework. Done
  • + clean pull pit to save headsail.
Work before the JAC:
  • Life raft service. Done
  • Additional reef points to mainsail. Done
  • Make or buy spare wind vane for the Seafeather self steering. On Order.
  • Fit 7th port side clutch, lines for the 3rd reef put loops on the business end of 3rd reef lines to attach a messenger. Done
  • + Bag at mast for 3rd reef line when not rigged. Done
  • Additional strapping for fuel bladder or secure boards over...….
  • + Clean out & paint port cockpit locker as required, new boards? strong back? in conjunction with.....
  • Additional strapping for diesel cans, replacing the single 5L with a 5th 10L so they are the same height and fit relatively tightly for and aft.
  •  + Add removable combined strong-back over fuel bladder compartment / fore and aft bulkhead in locker to retain diesel cans and provide additional strapping points for them. Done
  • Additional strapping & net for storage on stbd bunk. Done
  • Devise and install some method of storing items (incl. Jordan drogue) (incl. Storm jib, 80m warp) in the quarter berth without them falling into the nav seat foot well. Done.
  • Fit safety belts to port bunk. Done
  • Tie down for anchor or continue just packing with fenders? Both. Done.
  • Fit cleats for aft winches / jib furling. Done
  • Replace mast halyard bag, hopefully with one that will withstand uv for more than 2 years πŸ˜’ Done.
  • Repair cockpit halyard bags. Done
  • Service Seafeather, varnish servo blade, check mounts. Done
  • + Reconfigure NMEA bridges, USB connections etc. for resilience. Done
  • + Put loops on cockpit safety line pad eye Done.
  • + Add a waterproof USB charging point for the iPad to the instrument binnacle. Done
  • + Make the bungee securing the acrylic strips protecting the chart table captive. Done
  • + Make sunshade from the top part of the v old (damaged) genoa (done) and check rigging it in multiple positions, especially those for use at sea.
  • + Improve storage for specs.  pen and head band tourches & nav instruments. Done
  • + Improve lap top security on chart table. Done
  • + longer standing part for preventer with spliced thimbles each end. Done.
  • + Put grab handles on side of cockpit seats so I can get up from leeward Done
  • + Repair Seafurl, Done.
  • + Move forward furling line block forward so the line goes onto the drum lower. Done
  • + Stainles strip on top of tiller to protect from Seafeather chain. Done
  • + Fit addition blocking diodes to solar to reduce heating. Done  
  • + Connect 2nd output from solar & wind controller to starter battery & set starter battery DVSR to only operate when ignition is on. Done.
  • + Additional bracing / fastening to foot of table. Done
  • + Move bilge pump hose to be above or at the same level as the electric pump. Done
  • + Build Jordan drogue & new bridle. Done.
  • + Fabricate and fit strong points for Jordan Drogue bridle. Done.
  • + Halyard bag aft for drogue bridle. Ready
  • + Repaint and strengthen chart table base (Done), new fixing to hold it in up position.
  • + Move New small fire extinguisher from under steps to fitted to back of table leg. Done
  • + Service anchor windlass, check connector (Done) and warp (Done)
  • + Move 80m warp to a tool bag for storage in quarter berth with Jordan drogue. Done
  • + Test fit drogue bridles Done.
  • + Splice thimble to end of 40m warp, reorganise shackles, swivel, emergency steering bridle etc. so that the 40 & 80 metre warps can easily be used with  Kedge anchor, Grapnel anchor or Jimmy Green drogue, individually or in series. Also ensure kedge and Grapnel anchors can be used as a "chum" or to back up the bower Done
  • Tidy up the head lining, put in more pads and screws. Check all leaks are now fixed. Done
  • + Install wood panel on deck head above electrical panel. Done 
  • + Rebuild / extend bins outboard of chart table. Done
  • + Anti Seagull measures, especially for the solar panels. Done

  • + Fit wi-fi extender. Done
  • + Remove rail cleats damaging dodgers, replace with bags on guard rail. Done
  • + Minor repairs to dodgers.
  • + Clean and reproof canvas. Done
  • + Varnish tiller & washboards. Done
  • + Replace broken lifting ring on forward section of floor. And worn aft section? Done
  • + Revamp storm jib rigging using 2nd jib halyard mast fittings. Done.
  • + Fit rubber seals and additional closure on port cockpit locker to prevent flooding (internal so also anti theft). Done
  • + Lashing points under saloon table for the Jordon Drogue bag. Done
  • + Secure aft section of saloon sfloor to beam. Done
  • + Bolts or similar on centre section of floor (forward section?). Done
  • + Grab handle for the head. Done
  • + Replace (hasp? and) staple at bottom of life raft cover. Add removable retaining clip for use at sea. Done.
  • Secure gas bottles in their lockers. Done
  • Additional strapping or something solid for the cool box and something to protect the electrical plug. Done
  • USB point & mount forward with iPad holder on book rack?  Or pillar? above port bunk. Done
  • + Fit tiller pin and bolt for SeaFeather lines to spare tiller. Done
  • Inject epoxy into deck soft spots which should be dry by now.  Done
  • Convert main traveller car to 3 part purchase, correcting lead alignment etc. Done
  • Redo non-slip paint in the cockpit? Done
  • Refurbish old washboards as backups. Done.
  • + Check guardrail wires. OK but may need shortening replace with Dynema if stanchion fix does not tighten. Done
  • + Modify and fit rubbing strake to edge of life raft cover / seat to protect against the autopilot ram. Done
  • Spare servo blade and wind vane for SeaFeather self steering. On order.
  • Make tool for opening and closing the Dorade vents.
  • + Swing steering compass.
  • + Check alignment of fluxgate compass.
  • + Calibrate log.
  • + Add solid bracing struts to spray hood grab rail?
  • Fit replacement cam cleat (or spring in) the port side genoa car control.
  • Make up a length of coax with plug and socket for emergency connection of the AIS (and therefore VHF) to the domestic VHF aerial on the gantry.
  • Better storage for the oil lamp.
  • Fix guard rail stanchions not already done.
  • + Replace guardrail wire end lashings.
  • + Fit messenger between 2nd & 3rd reefing points.
  • Make up tie ins for mainsail reefs.
  • After fixing stanchions replace damaged netting forward incorporating additional chaff protection for the genoa.
  • + Devise some method of keeping the bottom of the curtain in position without risk of tearing it, at least to port whilst allowing easy movement forward.
Other work:
  • Fit loud siren to alarm.
  • + Replace VHF aerial and windex (check fitting first)?
Items marked + added after 7th September.

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