Well the official club launch has been and Sundance is floating, well at least I hope she is! It all went fine, a slight dribble from the raw water inlet hose but noting an extra turn on the hose clamp didn’t sort. I changed the sterngland over the winter so it was a relief not to see any water coming in through the shaft!
Gosh it’s been another busy one, last time I mentioned I got a lot of jobs done on the boat but ran out of antifoul and bought the mooring lines home to splice a loop into them. I also mentioned the trusty little car was having a few suspension issues with a bit (not a lot) of weight in the rear. Well it turned out the rear axle bearing failed a few days later which left me with the no car, well it left me with two cars, both knackered, one with a shot engine and one with a shot chassis…
The winter jobs list grows and grows and launch time is just around the corner so I’ve had to get the red pen out and prioritise what needs to be done.
I’ve had the last week off work, originally to sail a friends boat around from Cardiff to Plymouth but that fell through. Although it would have been a fantastic opportunity and experience I’m quite glad as it’s given me a few days to knuckle down and get to work. The plan was to have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the boat, Wednesday at home and Thursday and the weekend in Plymouth where we had booked a cottage Lou to meet me after the now cancelled sail round.
The last blog post I mentioned I was allocated my permanent mooring but it might not be there, well if it was I couldn’t find it. I had an inkling it wasnt, I heard the person that was given it last year didn’t go on it and used a loan mooring as he couldn’t afford, didn’t want to or didn’t have the time to put a new one in. Not that I’m complaining! I wasn’t expecting to find a pile of rope on the bank but I had to look.
We’re making progress… as I mentioned before it was the mooring meeting at the club last Wednesday so I had booked half a day off work to get down before it started and try to get a few more jobs ticked off the list. A quick blast down and I was at the club, well I’m not sure you can blast anywhere in a 1.5 NA diesel car but I got there.
First thing on the list was to try out the improvised puller I made to draw in the cutlass bearing.
It’s the mooring meeting this coming Wednesday which wouldn’t/shouldn’t sound that exciting to most however this year I should be allocated my permanent mooring at the club for Sundance. Also it gives me an opportunity to get some more jobs done on Sundance.
Never ending is it…?
I’ve not been able to get to the boat since November due to snow, Christmas and other family things and I was getting impatient with my ever growing jobs list and no chance of tackling them. We had a planned meet up with a group of friends in Worcester a couple of weekends ago and I had planned on heading down to the boat on the Sunday after lunch, to get a few hours on the boat stop, over at the club and get a full days work done before heading home. Unfortunately driving down to Worcester the alternator on my car failed, leaving me with a wait for the AA. Short story, the wife picked me up so I could get to the meet. Sunday afternoon was spent getting the car home (no alternator but spare full charged batteries) and Monday was spent replacing it.
Well as we near the end of the year, Sundance is out of the water, I’m very slowly working my way through the list of winter jobs and thinking about sailing trips next year. NUSC doesn’t launch till April and I’m already itching to get back on the water.
I have a few interesting trips in the pipeline…
Sundances wiring is ok, well it works but it’s the same as most other 45 year old boats, showing it’s age. It’s not the neatest and if I’m honest I couldn’t tell you what wire if for what! It needs rewiring however I have so many things to do this year it’ll have to wait till next winter.
The thing I dislike more then have to put my thoughts into words is listening to my own voice however I’m sure the people around me are getting fed up with me droning on about sailing and boats. That’s the problem with being landlocked, people think I’m crackers for being into sailing, although a few of my friends understand my passion the others, quite possibly my wife and work colleagues are getting fed up of my enthusiasm with the sea.