She has had osmosis treatment, new standing rigging and the engine was treated to a 5000 hour overhaul.
She had been fitted with a new teak deck only a few years earlier and this only required a good clean (no sanding)
The topside stripes were repainted and the original topside gel coat was polished up.
What appeared was mositure bleeding though the weakened gel coat
It is what we expected from the initial moisture readings so no one was really surprised
A bit of manual grinding is also needed to shape out some weakened areas and expose some more material around the voids.
Voids are now opened up and thorough, repeated high pressure washing starts, then just leave to dry……….
That,s what is so great with Portugal, just leave her out and the hot, dry weather will do the job without the need for tents and hot vacs.
As would be expected the rudder required quite some rebuilding. Here we had wrap fibre glass rovings around the leading edge of the rudder and substantially build up the deteriorated surface.
Some months later, giving her plenty of time to dry out, we can start the epoxy paint system. Where there has been heavy grinding back and weakened laminate repairs are carried out with fibreglass rovings to build up the surface. Working in small manageable sections areas are wetted out, ensuring the resin penetrates the small voids and open laminate. Then epoxy filler is applied. Once the entire hull has been coated it can be sanded down to take another fairing filler.
A final sanding is carried out and then layers of epoxy resin are applied, again working in small sections so that the surface never dries out.
The epoxy paint system is applied when the temperature and humidity are at acceptable levels.
Finally the blue stripes were painted on, the topside gel coat polished up and the underwater hull primed to take antifouling paint.
Hull: Slick Hull
Engine and machinery: Bluewater Marine Serices
Rigging: Just Boats
Electrical: John Holloway
Lovely old Westerly. Fitted out to cruise, just needed some cosmetics.
Lots of room, well maintained, good value for money.
Pre purchase survey
Project Management; sandblasted hull, removed some old skin fittings, cleaned the fuel tank
and fitted a new holding tank.
well maintained just needed a new standing rigging and some gas pipes
RM1350 new build warranty survey
Bavaria Ocean 47, a big boat for the money, built for crossing oceans
Cockpit drains are stainless steel tubes straight through to the hull; these had corroded at the hull face and were leaking
Another good example of an old, but unloved, more traditional yacht, a Tradewind 33.
Nauticat, another popular boat, take you anywhere you want to go, sold quickly
Ovni 43, sought after aluminium, lifting keel, sail anywhere yacht
This boat had just been refitted with a new teak deck six months earlier and had sailed from Sweden to Portugal with increasing amounts of water entering the accommodation. Close examination revealed a number of defects.
Deck scuppers fitted by HR are usually good quality, bronze top hat type fittings. These had been ground off at the top during lifting the old teak deck and refitted using sealant. A visible source of water entry
The new teak deck had been screwed down which is an unusual method as many shipwrights would now use glue.
Some screw holes had been drilled oversize and filled with sealant without bothering to shape a teak plug. Some plugs were missing and some were loose.
Chain plate deck fittings were not square to the deck and the raised edges were filled with sealant. Some screws could not be tightened down and sealant had been used to make up for the lack of thread.
The same defect was also evident on the filler caps.
The mast is deck stepped and the foot was bent out of shape and sat unevenly on the teak deck. Sealant was used to fill the raised edges and two screws were actually loose.
There were cracks in some planks, the grain orientation showed that poor quality teak had been used, the caulking width was not always even, planks were not always square cut and the sealant on to the coach roof had come away from the fibre glass.
A decision was taken to remove the teak deck. It was found to be poorly bonded to the deck and the deck had been poorly prepared to take a new teak deck. The moisture readings were high and the yacht had to be tented and dried out using dehumidifiers and hot vacs.
After drying core samples were taken and the deck repaired using epoxy resin filler. The screw holes were drilled out oversize and with so many screw holes both from the original and recent teak deck there was a lot of painstaking filling to do.
Right: This sea cock just came off in my hands ! Plastic skin fitting at fault.
Damage to longitudinal and floor on a 2006 fast motor cruiser. No signs of collision and the hull externally was good.
Gate valve used as a sea cock on a 1975 sailing yacht.
Maybe its been there for years but they are not recommended as if the collar and thread fail it will most likely fail in the open position and you cannot close it.
Bad paint job. Lifted out of the water, chocked up and oh dear ! all the paint slides off.
Just been painted in Germany, had to blast the entire hull, fill the damaged hull, fair and repaint.
Not seized and anyway D Shackles should not be used on standing rigging.
It is recommended to fit a valve on the outlet which can be closed remotely from the cockpit and isloating valves on the sight glass which should only be opened when the level needs to be observed.
Sail drive leg corroded due to a stray current from ground plate (used as 12 volt earth) on the same yacht .
A fault was traced where 12 volts was passing to the earth wire connected to the ground plate.
This shaft was fitted with a flexible coupling, the other not.
Just occasionally a really good boat comes along with everything on board you could ask for without a long list of defects. Fitted out for blue water cruising this boat had it all. The only major defects were a seized sea cock located deep down in a locker housing the generator and a rusty fuel tank.
The sole boards were extremely difficult to lift and the new Owner accepted the Survey recommendations to fit access panels so that the keel bolts and bilges could be accessed.
With only the gel coat ground away with a rotary sander many voids were visible which required sand blasting to open up.
Due to the length of time the lamiante had been exposed and the favourable ambient temperatures in Portugal the moisture readings were generally at acceptable levels.
After preparing a repair specification and obtaining quotations from both boatyyards in the UK and Portugal the Owner decided to return the yacht to the UK , closer to home.