The hard yakka has been completed and today the painting of the pilot house commences. Quick snap shots taken during the last few days. Clean out and removal of fans etc. Things always look worse before they improve… Bogging completed Ducting that covers the wires installed. Bob’s famous bean salad ready for dressing. Last muesli for the season…. Mooring lines readied for winter … Read More
Bob spent the day sanding the pilot house ceiling.
By 08:30 this morning, the phone call informing Bob the new starter motor had arrived came. Like a rocket, off Bob scampered, collected it and, upon his return, promptly installed the new part. It was at this point in time that he discovered the true source of the fault: a faulty soldered connector in the main starter supply cable. This … Read More
Around lunchtime today, came the phone call informing Bob that the starter motor was kaput and we had need to order a new one. This duly done, and fast track courier paid for, it will be Monday before the part arrives. In the meantime, my sister, Terry, and I went shopping.
Today our intended eastbound journey to Aurich came to an abrupt halt as, with the turn of the key, all that was to be heard was a choking croaking sound followed by a ‘whirrrrrrrr’. Key turned off, water shut down, ‘Bo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-b!!!!!’ Up he came to have a go. ‘Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!’ ‘Electrical problem,’ said Bob, and down into the depths went he. … Read More
At last the readying of the engine is complete. Big Bertha is ready to roll! A flock of Egyptian geese have commenced paddling up the channel around 8:30 every morning, the lead male honking all the while, and the swans have returned with their days’ old cygnet. I had an interesting experience whilst doing the oiling today. The best way of working on … Read More
It’s all happening. Bob readied the decks today. They have never looked so tidy!!!!! A big grin as he finishes. Now I can commence oiling the bowsprit. Skyline behind: a massive set of apartments going up. There is always something happening around Marina West. The ducks provide some good laughs. This fella was not at all happy with the encroacher. … Read More
Bob spent the day in the engine room readying Big Bertha. For me, it was scrubbing the cabin top and sides. It’s amazing how much grime collects on surfaces. Big G is set to return to the water tomorrow.
We have been enjoying the days of relaxation that have been interspersed with undertaking small work projects. Yachthafen Potsdam is a lovely mooring, with walk paths and a swim beach just out the door. The toilet now has a small tap that means the guess work of closing the inlet/outlet valves for our guests is no longer an issue. Our trip to … Read More
Entering the locks continually caused issues as the fenders rose upon connecting with, then proceeding to run along the walls. This in turn meant the hull was no longer protected and Gratis new paintwork was damaged. Today we experimented with the fenders by lowering them until they sat horizontally upon the water rather than vertically just below the rubbing strake. … Read More
Insert the bolt, sikaflex, tighten the nut, on to the next….. Our girl is looking great!!
Tight spaces, join shaping by Sam – a trained shipwright – marking, drilling, measuring: the lot. And that was just the fitting!
and what a difference it makes already.
Sanded. Biaggio taping, then painting. Doesn’t our girl look beautiful topside! The guys in Marina di Ragusa boatyard have done a magnificent job.
The top section of the rubbing strakes is going on today.
Work is continuing at a pace. Our old bedroom area is almost completed, the rubbing strakes oiled, and the painting of Gratis’ hull finished at last. Bob is working on painting the decks today and I’m down below painting, varnishing and working on collating the information required for our canal/river sojourn. Our friends from Wallaby join us Monday and weather … Read More
With departure for France taking place on May 1st, all is moving at a pace to have Gratis ready on time. The weather playing against us, we are awaiting the final coats of blue to go on today. The rubbing strakes are in the process of being oiled and the varnishing has commenced in our old bedroom area. The pics … Read More
Yesterday it was time for the new rubbing strakes to be drilled and placed, then removed once more for oiling before final placement. With Bob needing to get to the bolt holes in order for the new to be placed, the boat looks like a disaster zone, as kitchen panels and radios have been removed and other items stowed where ever there was … Read More