Boatyard Challenges …

Owning a 30 year old boat is not without trauma!   I should have known the moment s/v Winterlude came out of the water with very few leftover blisters that there were other expensive projects waiting to bite us in the budget!  Since bad news travels in 3’s, we’re holding our breath…

Hauling is always a major trauma - the dread of what the bottom will look like is never fun.  Bad, but not as bad as I had envisioned ...

Hauling is always a major trauma – the dread of what the bottom will look like is never fun. Bad, but not as bad as I had envisioned …

The 1st bad news was the steering quadrant was so corroded they couldn’t get it out to check on the rudder post & stuffing box.  So we’re getting a new steering quadrant & cables…..

Bad News #2:  The rudder cage appeared to be deteriorating (as in one leg wasn’t even there) and was barely held in place … and the rudder needs some serious attention.

The best news is that this didn’t happen underway leaving us without steering!  The other good news is, we picked a boatyard that’s capable of such projects!  Preventative maintenance is a very good thing, even if we didn’t want to face what we might find.

Here are two videos that no one wants to see …  Beware – the 2nd video might contain a bit of profanity… apparently Joe at the boatyard didn’t like what he was seeing as much as we didn’t like seeing it!  The video quality is not the best, but you get the idea…

What next?

The Shadetree awning finally gave it up and shredded.   After 15 years of dedicated service in the subtropical and tropical sun including countless times being restitched … the fabric simply disintegrated.  Not that I blame it.  So for now we have no shade awning over the cockpit and boom, but the new canvas bow awning is doing great.  We’ll have to decide if we replace the Shadetree (which we loved and it gave us great service for years) or go the regular canvas route…

RIP Shadetree Sunshade!  After providing 15 years of service in the tropical sun, the fabric simply disintegrated.  :(

RIP Shadetree Sunshade! After providing 15 years of service in the tropical sun, the fabric simply disintegrated. 🙁

And we still don’t know how much replacing the seals in the transmission will be …

I don’t think the awning is a big enough deal to be Disaster #3 … so what will be next?  Hopefully nothing, I’d love it if we have enough money left over in the budget to redo the refrigeration box insulation professionally!  Fingers crossed!

Owning a 30 year old boat is not for the weak of heart!

Winterlude  under sail to the Florida Keys

Winterlude under sail to the Florida Keys

But when we leave the boatyard with everything new and no worries about what might be rusting out in the steering, we can sail off into the sunset again!  Can not WAIT!!!

Cheers!  Jan

Comments

  1. Jim Engle says:

    My 1981 Alajuela 38 has an outboard rudder hung on pintle/gudgeons with tiller steering. Yes pretty outdated….especially on a 27,000 pound sailboat. Last year I had to replace the plastic thrust washers….cost less than $15 (made my own out of high density poly with a hole saw). The massive bronze hardware was still within a few mils of clearance….and I was able to do the entire job myself….with the help of some strong friends.
    Oh yes….I do have to put two new coats of varnish on the tiller every year.

    The tiller steering may be a little work at times but very wind vane steering friendly…..but the biggest advantage by far is the ease of maintenances. I know I’m a dinosaur….close to extinction but I’m not dead yet!

  2. brian wise says:

    Hi
    After spending a lot of time and money on Ambergris while on the hard in Green Cove Springs, I feel your pain…
    RIght now I’m in the water and tied to the pier with a new Shadetree awning sheltering the boat and a new windlass awaiting my installation wizardry. When you get the icebox insulation done, please post something about that! My Engle works well but the old icebox needs some care to be used efficiently.
    Have fun and a great summer. See you around!
    Brian

    • Hi Brian! I remember your FB posts on your trauma with s/v Ambergris rudder – that was the first thing I thought of when the boatyard called to say they were sending video and it wasn’t pretty – at least we’re not the only ones with good old boats that have rudders needing more than cosmetic attention. Glad to hear you’re in the water & enjoying life! Cheers! J

  3. scott h says:

    hey there, just a quick note to say, “I really enjoy your posts…very enlightening!” currently building my boat…no end date in sight yet! trying not to put that unwarranted self imposed pressure on an already full schedule. as Time and Money intersect progress is made. however, getting those two in the same room is like “herding cats!” keep those insights coming…really good stuff!

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