A month in the boatyard – part 4

SO? What does this all mean for Pablo and its crew and where do we stand today?

I opened a lot of boxes. Got tangled in a few rabbit holes and chose to jump over many more. By the time we’ll splash back, we’ll have hopefully addressed a whole lot of issues and fixed a few more “since we’re at it”:

  • New propeller
  • New stern tube and strut cutlass bearings
  • New Aqualoy 22 shaft
  • New standing rigging
  • New turnbuckles
  • New cutter pins everywhere
  • New spreader bases
  • New tangs and tangs bolts
  • Mast, spreaders and boom sanded back to bare aluminium
  • Rebuilt the hydraulic furler units
  • New bearings on all the furlers
  • New custom-made, oversized, stern chainplate
  • New custom-made and oversized bow chainplate and chain roller
  • New custom-made and oversized inner-forestay chainplate
  • New custom-made nose fitting for inner-forestay
  • All new fasteners on the mast
  • All new wiring in the mast (that’s more than 450′ of wires!)
  • New dyneema inner-forestay with Coligo Marine fittings
  • Hull sand blasted and dried out, blisters grinded and glassed back
  • New rod-rigging for the in-mast furler
  • Keel to hull joint grinder and filled with gFlex epoxy
  • Some old thru-hulls closed and glassed back
  • 5 new thru-hulls changed with new fiberglass backing plates
  • New raw-water intake hoses for engine and genset
  • New strainers for engine and genset
  • New sound insulation in the engine room
  • New wiring in the stearing pedestal
  • Bow-thruster control box rebuilt & new joystick switch for the thruster
  • Stern tube rebuilt and beefed up with 32oz of biax glass and faired
  • New galley sink discharge hose
  • Centerboard fixed
  • Cleaned and painted back the keel bolts
  • New custom made pin cover for the centerboard out of fibreglass
  • Added thru-bolted bolts on the centerboard inspection port
  • New bounding wires all over the boat to connect all seacocks/centerboard
  • New exhaust for the genset
  • All new hose clamps in the engine room
  • New salt water line for toilet and wash-down pump
  • Removed, potted and rebedded the genoa tracks. New fastener
  • Removed 4 trash bags of old wires, mainly in the bilges and engine room
  • New RGB LED in the cabin (hey, we must have some fun as well!)
  • Created a big radius out of epoxy between the keel and the hull to make the bottom cleaning easier
  • Removed the old speed transducer and patched back the hole
  • Peened new rivets on the rudder shoe
  • Installed a new accumulator tank and re-plumbed most of the fresh water line in the engine room for better maintenance and easier access

Notice the 120L duffle bag full of spare parts?


Or at least, that’s the list as of today. There’s still some post-its on the wall…

  • Fair the hull
  • 6 new coats of barrier coat
  • New copper coat paint
  • Wrap the rudder with new layers of glass
  • New lifelines
  • Re-rig the boat
  • Raccor by-pass to be able to change active filter while underway
  • And there’s some talk about maybe a new swim platform, rework a bit the transom steps, take a closer look at the rudder…



As much as I would like to say that after all of this, we’ll be done for a while, we both know better. This is a boat, and things break all the time. In the time it took me to write this blog post, one of our hard drive broke. We discovered a new leak (Hey look Dad! When you wash the cockpit, it rains in the bathroom!), and our portable VHF radio stopped charging for good. I know I’m a slow writer, but c’mon right?

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2 comments

  • Martin Leclerc March 21, 2021   Reply →

    Allô les Salty-Matey,
    paradoxal ce tour du monde à bord d’un voilier sans mât, dans les airs, dans un désert et entouré de sable. Les individus créatifs ne font jamais les choses comme les autres. Si ce n’était de la présence de l’eau bleu en arrière plan, sur la photo entête de Part One on croirait que vous êtes sur Mars. Le sol a la couleur (et absence de végétaux) des photos que nous transmet le Perseverance Rover.
    Dans un post de l’an dernier, j’avais lu que tu avais le kick sur ton Klein CL800. Je ne pensais pas que tu changerais ton kick pour un buffer. Veut tu m’en parler?
    Michel a un nouveau “Hangar” pour réparer/peinturer des bateaux, il cherche du monde pour travailler avec lui. BLYacht cherche du monde aussi, il y a des vieux qui ont pris leur retraite.
    😉
    Vous avez de beaux enfants qui vont peut être devenir de bons bricoleurs plutôt que devenir de bons marins.
    Ici les blocs de glace placés dans la cour finissent par disparaître à la fin de la journée à la condition qu’ils ne soient pas trop gros au départ.

  • Christiana Houck March 22, 2021   Reply →

    What a long list of accomplishments! Well done!

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