They don’t call it a hard stand for nothing!
For the last 3 weeks its been hard yakka all the way. Sanding, sanding and more bloody sanding, yet finally its done. 🙂
Last Monday Freespirit finally made her way back into the water after 7 solid days up on the hard stand for maintenance. The major task for this event was the final painting of the dodger and cabin top.
Regular readers of this humble blog will be familiar with what has led up to this point and appreciate the feeling of finally getting some bloody paint on it. Personally I’m just glad all the sanding has finished and I can now look back and thankfully say it was all worth it.
Whilst out on the hard stand I took the opportunity to anti-foul the hull below the waterline and do some refurbishing of the tail shaft fittings.
In this I was very fortunate to have the support of friends Terry and Dini. Despite sharing the underwater paint with her hair and clothes Dini did a mighty job of sanding the cabin top prior to painting and applying the hull anti-foul, whilst Terry’s help, mechanical knowledge and tools were much appreciated during the tail shaft refurbishment.
My painter Cameron did a great job of the finishing work although without Chris there to support his and my efforts we may well have missed the slim weather window we were lucky enough to have during this time.
It was raining early Monday morning as Freespirit quietly slipped back into her natural environment once more. All went smoothly and without incident and upon reflection I consider myself a lucky guy to have done all we did despite the fluky and threatening weather. Now back in her pen and snugged down once more I can finally relax and catch up on a few things I’ve let slide during the frantic haul out activity. Such as this blog for instance.
Next on the agenda is the fabrication of the dashboard that will house the new engine instruments and of course at long last, fitting of the windows. This last part I am very keen to do as having them finally in place will signal the full completion of the dodger.
Bring it on!