More Junk Removed

Yesterday I was able to get quite a lot of work done. I stripped out many of the previous owners modifications, most of which had been done poorly and added no value. One such modification which was an especially troubling eyesore was a pipe and canvas canopy haywired together over the cockpit. You can see the frame in these external pics: …

Super Scraper

Today I finally had time to give my new scraper a try. Last week I purchased a Red Devil carbide pull type scraper on Amazon.com, and I have to say I’m thrilled with it! It’s incredibly sharp, and using two hands it shaves the old bottom paint of just like a razor. It’s important to use two hands to steady …

Aft Cabin

Today I made some progress! Finally finished cleaning out the entire cabin, scrubbing every corner and getting to know the inside of the boat. Now I’m done with water inside the boat and she can start drying out properly. I was pleasantly surprised to see how big the aft cabin is. Well, technically two quarter berths connected into one large …

Fuel & Water Tanks

Today I cleaned the saloon further, using Simple Green on all the gelcoat and wood and bathroom mildew killer spray that contains mild bleach on the headliner. It cleaned up pretty well and is starting to feel habitable. I also cleaned the bilge further to inspect the mast step, keel bolts and soft waterlogged starboard aft side of the bilge. …

Baring the Sole

I’m thankful that the marina moved her to a bit better place for working on this week, closer to the shop, power, water, and dumpster for all the junk the previous owner left! So I mentioned that one of the biggest jobs to do is scraping and sanding the bottom in preparation for painting a barrier coat and anti-fouling. This …

Scraping the Bottom

One of the biggest jobs to be done before she launches is to scrape all the old paint off the bottom and prep her for new bottom coat(s). The previous owner appears to have used some kind of unidentifiable paint, it’s questionable whether it’s even marine grade, and I can’t paint over it not knowing what it is. Also, there …

Race to Launch

I’m quite lucky in that this boat was already in a marina yard when I got her, in a place where it’s easy to work on her. I’ve been able to negotiate a good deal on the yard fees while she’s here, sort of a winter discount because it’s the off season. The Marina is letting me use water, power, …

Finding a Home Port

The biggest barrier to boat ownership in Japan is not finding a reasonably priced boat, there are plenty to be found if one puts in the time and effort to search. The real challenge is finding somewhere to keep her. Japan’s coast is rugged, and the government has done little in the way of harbour infrastructure. In most countries I’ve …

Yanmar 2GM

The Yanmar 2GM is a great little engine for a sailboat. A two cylinder diesel engine it’s about as simple as an engine can get, easy to repair, and efficient to run. It only generates about 13 horsepower, but that’s plenty to push a 30 foot sailboat, especially one with a narrow beam. The engine in this boat is fairly new. I …

Bent Prop Shaft Strut

One of the first major repairs that has to be made is a bent prop shaft strut. I guess the previous owner hit something, wrapped a rope in the prop, or the sling caught it when hauling out. At any rate, the strut is bent a half inch to starboard, and the shaft may be rubbing. Before hauling out she …