cluttered back end

Dave spent two days snipping wires and bringing order to the electrics where before there was chaos.

He is a man who loves a plan that works. He says he can talk, think and work at the same time. The electrics look so much better now.

While Dave was doing the difficult stuff I was doing the simple labour so Harmony has now had a single coat of Flag anti-foul applied – which always makes a boat ashore look better. I have cleaned the starboard side of the decks and started scraping off the vinyl stripe ready for Barry to apply the new graphic – I am afraid I am making a bit of a hash of getting the stuff off – it has been on there for 20 years or more

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I am going to need the little Honda for the dinghy because it is the best little engine I have ever owned – air cooled , fuel efficient and trouble free.

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I will also take the Tohatsu as the back-up engine so the stern is starting to look a bit cluttered. The boarding ladder, aerial and maybe a solar panel has to be added

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The Tohatsu seems to fit the bracket perfectly and is running at about the right depth – the charging coil will also be pretty useful but the external tank will be a right pain

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finally in the evening – a stunning sunset   great day

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What with the drive to Littlehampton and the daily commute to Paynes boat yard I clocked up quite a few miles, I also bought some outboard fuel and some diesel for the inboard so that was another £100

I spent £50 on boat related gubbins si that is around £550 so far. I will have another £250 to pay at Littlehampton, £60 license for Chichester Harbour and £400 for the pontoon space at Hayling Island.  I am now overdrawn and am leaning on the credit cards – but I expected that.  DVD sales are around ten a week – so that helps a bit.

So if you fancy a DVD – now would be an excellent time to buy one.

This is about Centaur Project, Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

13 Responses to “cluttered back end”

  1. 8 March, 2014 at 12:30 amJim says:

    I had to do the same thing… I TRIED LOTS.. the best thing in the end was a heat gun gently on the decals to remove the vinyl but the glue was left behind. bring on about 20 old t shirts and 2 bottles of acetone!!

    • 8 March, 2014 at 8:28 amdylan winter says:

      I fear that is the way ahead

    • 10 March, 2014 at 5:23 pmPhil Hopcroft says:

      Acetone is a bit of a nasty thry this method. The best way to remov labels, Vinyl or otherwise is to use a hair drier to looses the adhesive. Once you have removed the label, use WD40 and meths. Spray on the WD40, (or dab it on from a cloth) leave it a while and it turns a bit gooey, then use a mixture of the two, it may take a few attempts but it won’t harm the boats surface.

  2. 8 March, 2014 at 9:01 amRon says:

    Yep, I’ve found the same thing – gentle heat from a heat gun.
    And acetone does the glue, but watch not to over-do the acetone, ‘cos it can start to dissolve the gel coat.
    But you’d have to go really mad to make that happen.

  3. 8 March, 2014 at 9:03 amRon says:

    And as for all those expenses … make your next circumnavigation (keep turning right?) around Ireland.
    It’s way cheaper.

    • 8 March, 2014 at 9:30 amdylan winter says:

      Money haemorraging was why I got out of the solent as quickly as I could last time

      the bills just mount up

      Up in Anstruther I was getting seven months of pontoon for the same price as two months on the quay at Littlehampton parked in a permanent puddle, not allowed to bend on the sails, not allowed to use their rubbish bins, no light in the bog, not allowed to sleep on the boat, one socket between all the boat owners, no hoses that work.

      the £200 buys me one month in Chichester Harbour on a pontoon

      – and Ireland is deffo on the list


  4. 9 March, 2014 at 5:38 pmdave says:

    Regards removing clue have you tried Auto Glym Intesive Tar Remover, its V. good, removes all sorts of glues as well as silicone not the cheapest though.

    • 10 March, 2014 at 9:49 amNigel Rudgewick-Brown says:

      Auto Glym, must give that a try. The boat yard left my boat tied to a barge for 3 weeks with insufficient fenders. Loads of scratches and blacking now ground into the gelcoat.

  5. 13 March, 2014 at 3:09 pmJulian says:

    just the WD40 is pretty efficient at removing sticky stuff, ive never tried the meths too

  6. 16 March, 2014 at 7:59 pmWarren Mangan says:

    It’s too late but carburetor cleaner can do a good job.

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