When January the 15th 2018 comes poor Sognare won’t know what hit her.
Well thankfully nothing physical will hit her but the amount of work we are going to get done is exciting.
First up the antifoul, and I have mentioned before that we are going for the CopperCoat. Their website is filled with science and explanations of how it works but to keep it simple it is copper powder in epoxy, which is non-eroding.
Reading reports about the product it seems they are still trying to work out the lifespan of the coating. One boat we were told about at the boat show is now well past the 10 year mark and keeps postponing the antifoul each year because it is still working fine.
The entire process will take 10 days total and most of that is waiting for the epoxy to cure.
What else can we do while the boat is on the hard for 10 days?
I’m glad you asked! While the bottom is getting a work out the Raymarine electronics are coming off and being replaced by B&G.
B&G make instruments designed for sailors. They have some really cool features in their products, such as SailSteer. We looked at new Raymarine instruments so we can keep the existing transducers, but it just didn’t get us excited. The transducers aren’t the expensive part of the equation anyway…
The whole reason we are replacing the instruments is the fact our autopilot failed. Having to replace the ancient computer, compass and autopilot head means thousands of dollars anyway. Well if we are going to replace all of them we might as well also upgrade the instruments, equipment and radar to more modern technology. And if we do all that – well we may as well go for the brand we want.
We are also getting some other electrical issues looked at while the electricians are on board – the aft cabin wall sockets need to be replaced and the fuel gauge is over-reading.
While all that is taking place we hope to get a rigging inspector in to give us a really good idea of the state of the standing rigging. The surveyor only did a very cursory rigging inspection, and didn’t go up the mast. We aren’t professionals and we can inspect the rigging all day long but until we have more experience we won’t be able to see what exactly we should be looking for. We really want to be ahead of anything that could come our way in the future.
The biggest problem being out of the water for 10 days means no home for 10 days! We could potentially sleep onboard but using the toilet needs salt water through the intake, and we can’t use water on the boat without it ending up on the ground. So being liveaboards means we need a plan B and luckily between being away for work and staying with family we are covered. We’ll definitely be glad to be back on board after 10 days away from home!