When Gordon handed me the sails he told me that the sacrifical strip needed replacing. I unfurled the sail in the garage tonight – the sail is in great nick – hardly used I would say but it has been on the furler for far too long and the strip has all but gone in places – it will flap in tatters in a breeze.
I used my glue gun and some bits of old sail to repair it – it will be good enough to get me around to Chichester Harbour. I am hoping that main will be fine as it has been under the mainsail cover.
I would love to find a ghoster for the boat
My main concern is that the diesel in the tank has been hanging around for far too long. I am assuming there will be water in there but my biggest concern is diesel bug or tank rust.
The engine might run fine until I hit some waves and then the crud will get stirred up. I am planning on emptying the tank using a siphone hose so that I can examine the fuel. I will then filter it and only return it if it looks okay. If a load of crud comes up then I will have to remove the tank and clean it some-how – any suggestions gratefully received.
I have ordered some hose and some 20 litre collapsible plastic water containers designed for camping