This week you bought….

Having just spent a week fettling the old money was flowing like water


950 mile round trip = 2 tanks of petrol at £45 a pop

fan heater (old one died) at £14

Kettle (old one dented) £9

Flag anti-foul £39

Hammerite for keels – £9

Halyard for main £16

Dyneema replacements for bottle screws – £10

disposable brushes, white spirit, sandpaper – £20

varnish £10

Donation to FCYC for use of their yard £50

next time I go up I need to source a new electric panel – then she is pretty much ready for the April 12 launch





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

6 Responses to “This week you bought….”

  1. 28 March, 2015 at 3:01 pmDave Barker says:

    Many years ago, when I was a cash-strapped sailing novice, I reinforced an old mast-step with two pieces of steel plate and painted them with Hammerite. You remember, the old silver hammer-finish stuff that still had the name of the inventor on the tin? After a few months it looked as though it wouldn’t last long, a few rust coloured specks appeared and a tiny run of rusty water occasionally seeped out from under the bolt head (the bolts were steel too). Then it stayed like that for another two seasons. Amazing stuff. Now I’m a cash-strapped pensioner so…. is it still just as good?

  2. 29 March, 2015 at 8:13 am[email protected] says:

    Never have used Hammerite paint, but always heard it is excellent, durable over metal. I have an all steel boat and have great success with a steel paint called Rust Bullet made at a lab in western USA. They have a website and ship six packs of half pint cans, great for touching up spot rust.
    Rust Bullet works great, two coats, lasts years. Good for topsides above waterline, stanchions and rails, deck,cable n trunk, bilges. easy to use, one part.
    good luck.

  3. 3 April, 2015 at 2:16 pmJ. Peter Haliburton says:

    I used POR15 on my boat’s iron keel about 8 years ago, and have not been fully satisfied with it. Perhaps I did not do a good enough job preparing the surface, or applying the product, but the keel is in bad need of a recoating with something. Hammerite is not available here, but Rust Bullet is. Will have to look into that one. The snow will soon be gone, so I can start work on the boat.

  4. 6 April, 2015 at 7:25 amPaul says:

    For some reason D, I am quite shocked that you are the sort of man who would replace a boat kettle because the old one had a dent in it!

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