Finaly fitted the refinished grabrails and new sprayhood wood!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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That’s it, Sundance is out of the water for winter, I semi considered keeping her in the water over the colder months however I have a few jobs I want to get sorted before next year.

To say I was a little apprehensive about the haul out was an understatement, the forecast was 15kn gusting over 20 (it was showing F7 up channel at Thornbury SC). It was blowing up river with the tide so I only had to worry about being pushed  one way.

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