Week 47. After nearly a year we are about to tackle the original problem which made the purchase of Sephina a risky affair. The chain plates had been leaking for a very long time. Initially we were worried that the bulkheads would be rotten and there was certainly much water damage evident. After bringing her home, TLC stripped the area and removed the plates to allow a further survey. The good news was that the bulkheads were infact solid GRP and the damage was to the veneer facing only. Today we stripped the teak away from the damaged area and removed the lockers that were damaged. TLC are going to make new shelving and cabinets. These will be custom made to mount the domestic control panel and in particular the water maker control so that Rowlands of Pwllheli can return to complete the installation. Over the weekend I made a new skin fitting for the washing machine, so the job that has created much hilarity amongst my fellow sailors is starting to happen. They will be jealous when we arrive in the Caribbean with clean smalls!