maintenance: the job list is almost endless. Every item on board needs to be
fixed once in a while, or it leaks, or... Electricity and especially
electronical instruments are extremely vulnerable, as you can imagine
combined with sea water. So they cause us lots of trouble. Sometimes the
solution is quickly found (as with the modem, thanx to Hans, our engineering
shore manager and helpdesk), and sometimes the fixing is expensive if
possible at all.
Dinghy (repaired plus new dinghy ordered), toilet pump, lid cockpit locker,
part of doghouse replaced, seals saildrive replaced
(incl. diaphragm), oilpresssure switch engine replaced, new dashboard engine
including all electrical wiring, inverter, flanges in rudder
Revision compass, new stainless steel vents, 2 new service-batteries,
new Raymarine autopilot, dinghy.
Electrical system around the engine completely revised (by an
electrical engineer); pump toilet cleaned and revised; new electrical
Outboard engine (same problem, it appears to be the choke which is
stuck sometimes); gas cable connection; replaced Jabsco water filter; dinghy.
Outboard engine, shower pump, sealed airvent at
Three new batteries, new battery charger, electric wiring so the
fridge works again, teak from cabin roof taken off and roof re-done with
glassfiber resin and paint, bad spots in dog house repaired, topsides
cleaned and polished, selfsteering gear: Windpilot and Autohelm services,
dinghy repaired, liferaft checked and re-certificated, engine and new stop
pumps, winches, etc etc.
saildrive replaced; again saildrive seals and oil, new carrier, new
propellor shaft (on the hard in Grenada).
Pump toilet; new seals and oil saildrive (on the hard in Guadeloupe)
Epirb check and new battery; accumonitor repaired; new gas bottles.
Painting of hull; painting of cockpit and superstructure;
painting of the deck; antifouling; propellor blades changed; rudder repair as stainless steel lips
on the rudder-stock appeared to be broken; teak on the roof was re-glued and
two ventilation hatches; closet on the roof removed; interior - everything
that was once white, was painted white again; ventilator in sleeping bunk; adaptation
gasbun to Caribbean-American gasbottle; extensive servicing of engine and saildrive;
new wormwheel for adjusting the course of the Windpilot; forehatch new
rubber and sealant; fres water filter replaced; sailcovers repaired; new dinghy-cover;
new isolation engine cover; and countless smaller jobs such
as maintenance of winches and pumps, lights and electronics etc etc etc.
Anchor light (cable).
Toilet pump; rope clutch and winch mainsail halyard.
More actions against leaks; check engine, quadrant and steering cable;
autopilots (electrical and Windpilot); new LED reading lights in doghouse;
INSTALLATION FURLEX FURLING GEAR and sail; LED-lamp in navigation light;
battery monitor, etc.
New rudder bearings; fixed trimrudder; transducer log replaced;
antifouling, hull cleaning; maintenance engine; maintenance winches; general
actions against leaks. Dodgers.
New outboard engine as the impeller melted, and a new one was not available.
Cleaned fuel and water tanks; fresh water filter replaced; carburator
aircompressor repaired; new cockpit table.
Outboard engine: no cooling as the impellor was completely gone.
Replaced with spare one plus new impeller house (on stock on board).
Outboard engine: pulling chord starter was broken. We placed a new
chord but not without the spring coming off... always difficult to get this
thing under control again.
Improved connections in the electrical circuit between battery and
starter engine: battery poles were cleaned and greased with vaselin and the
cables were securely connected to the battery poles.
Engine was overheated as a result of sticking cap on expansion tank of
the cooling system fluid; leaking windows solved, gas cable outboard engine,
re-mounted a bus in the Windpilot that had come loose.
On the hard: reparation rudder bearing, antifouling and several small
In turbulent current, our dinghy chafed against Domburg's stone jetty
with as result a tear of 20 mm plus an area of worn-out hypalon around it.
Patched up with the contents of the Zodiac repairkit, which contains
lots of patches but not too much of glue! (The glue is finished now.)
The cover of the dinghy was after 2 years completely worn out and the
fabric completely decomposed by the sun. So a new one was made of denim:
1.50m x 4.50m, extra strong nylon thread (ordinary polyester thread is not
UV-proof), costs of material 20 euro's. Plus 9 hours of labour and
sweat by P.
Outboard engine starter cord replaced. Dinghy: leaking O-ring in
valve. Water inlet of the toilet was blocked. Repair charge controllers
solar panel/wind generator/towing generator after we connected them wrong
(by Hans Coelers, Sunfish, the Netherlands).
Revision seawater pump; again Rob did the job, and without his help we
would never have been able to fit the new roller bearings on the new shaft.
Because how could we possibly have known that one has to heat the bearings?
New starting motor mounted (by Rob Hollander, Torn Too).
And again one of the two service batteries replaced. This one lasted
only one year.
Cockpit table re-glued and covered with glass/epoxy. Bathroom door,
drawers. Re-inforced anti-musquito nets (wear & tear). Several leaks solved.
Print with a.o. 16 LEDs and light cell mounted in armature and implemented
in electrical system. Starter battery replaced.
Forehatch mounted the other way round: opening on the foreside.
Engine: we took valve out of the air vent and connected a hose so the sea
water is directed to the deck (the problem of water in the carter might have
been a result of the valve that might have been stuck). Mounting of the oven
in the galley; fresh water pump in the bathroom; tent over the middle hatch
so we kan keep the hatch open during sudden heavy rain. Radar.
The forehatch (again); now with
marine silicon sealant from 3M and 8 bolts tapped through the window and the
Toilet outlet hose (38 mm) was completely jammed with kettlestone; JW took
the whole lot apart and beat the stone out with a hammer.
Mounting diesel tank improved with polyurethane foam. Main sheet
traveller broke; repaired (now much stronger than it used to be).
The steering installation dismounted and cleaned.
And last but not least: the engine (sea water pump) with associated
problems: water into the cylinders etc.
Pump Lavac toilet cleaned; fueltank re-fitted; valves and hoses checked;
new gipsy (for 10 mm chain) fitted into anchor winch, connectors mounted to
new anchorchain (10 mm); new rubber strips cockpit lockers and improved
Dinghy bag repaired and re-inforced; new leecloth pilot berth; anti
mosquito net in the entrance; rigging; winches; stainless steel; fishing
gear; hull cleaned underwater.
Reparation car of mainsheet traveller with nylon strip instead of roller
New rudder for the Windpilot: plus spare.
Sanding and varnishing saloon table and galley.
Re-arranged cockpit drains.
Replaced two service batteries (out of 3).
Windpilot: quadrant removed; steering ropes along the transom doubled and
now running through blocks on the pendulum (result: bigger rudder angle).
Revision gas handle; heavy stuff removed from the cockpit lockers and
stowed midships; chainplates re-fastened. Sewing machine revised due to salt
water bath of 5 cm deep, as a result of leaking chainplate.
Engine: valves adjusted (with help from Peter from "Leviathan").
Outboard engine: fuel/air inlet adjusted (Peter again).
Connector electrical system of the engine; forehatch; revision Windpilot
Block mainsheet on doghouse refitted (no leaks anymore); connection
Autohelm 1000 to Windpilot improved; sanding and varnishing cabin floor etc.
Anti insects devices for all the hatches.
Gas bottles painted with anti corrosive paint; same with rusty spots on
New sail covers for mainsail and mizzen.
New elastic shoulder straps in sailing trousers.
Oil leak from sdaildrive; water IN the saildrive; rope cutter damaged and
anodes disappeared. All this as a result of lots of rope in the propellor.
The saildrive can only be drained ashore, so we had a complete refit in Los
Cristianos, including antifouling, hull polishing, and much more.
The quadrant of the windvane autopilot was torn to pieces and needed
fixing. With glass/epoxy.
Forehatch repaired (the window had come out).
Our Autohelm 4000ST+ is too light to steer the boat under sail. It was
bought to steer the boat in calms, when we use the engine and when there are
no waves. But it never worked, until a Raytheon dealer in Cascais solved the
problem. Reset, plus free software upgrade and he also spotted and solved
another electrical problem.
Spinnaker winch was blocked; dismantled and cleaned.
Modem initialisation failure. Supplier SCS gave instructions on how to
reset the modem with the help of ASCI-commands. And it works! (This problem
has repeated itself, but the solution was at hand).
Engine: circulation pump internal cooling circuit was leaking, due to
missing gasket (?!). Leaking fuel injectors, although they were revised only
three months ago (?!).
Water tank cleaned and improved.
Electrical bilge pump.
Engine: new propellor (after losing the old one).
Headsail #4 big tear repaired (sail maker).