The Butterfly emerges...

Teak Deck Oyster 406

Week 79 and 80. It has been so hectic that there was no Week 79 or if there was it passed me by. As you can imagine the rush to leave the shed after 20 months has been a major task. All those small jobs on the list that could wait, suddenly were needed now! Everybody rallied round and we were down to the last day fixing a couple of leaks around port lights and deck LEDs. However, the appointed day arrived and at 4pm on the 19th April 2012 the butterfly finally emerged. The skill of Dan and his team manoeuvring the hydraulic trailer under Sephina was awesome, if a little frightening. The heart stopping moment came when he kicked out the forward prop from under the bow and 100 meters of chain in the anchor locked did its stuff by dropping the nose by a few inches! My heart was in my mouth but the professionals just smiled! I guess they remembered that there was an entire engine in the stern to balance it. Sephina then was jacked up on 3 points only and slowly edged her way into the daylight. What was immediately apparent was just how shiny and new she looked in the sun. Job done! The journey along the roads to the Marina were also slightly heart stopping and I captured it on video. The view from the cockpit security camera makes it look like she is sailing through houses. The video can be seen here. So this weekend (81) we will be clearing the shed and then have to go down to Cowes to pick up our youngest who has just passed her commercial yachtmaster. Might also go and take a peek at Sephina to admire her.


Tom Cunliffe

Some of you may remember a few weeks ago a famous yachting celebrity visited Spehina to look at the Teak Decking by TLC. Well my respect for confidentiality stopped me from naming him but as it is now in the public domain on Tom's Blog I can now reveal it was none other than Tom Cunliffe himself. His classic yacht Constance a Mason 44 is in for a new deck with TLC. Barry Paul and Andrew will be star struck from now on. Hope they remember Sephina.... :-)


Wash out

Teak Deck Oyster 406Week 70. Wash out on two fronts. Those who follow this blog might have noticed there was no Week 69. Flu washed out the week end and staying in bed was the best option. This week end the wash out is what we had to do to the aft heads! I don't even want to think about it but it appears the pump has been leaking for some time. I removed the hose and it was not sanitary grade. I am going to try the butyl sanitation hose from ASAP as reviews say it is easier to bend and fit. Pricey but if it saves time then I am all for it. Also fitted in the photo on the left is the cleaned and renovated swim ladder. At least the stern looks complete. Despite last week ends inactivity on our part a number of contractors have been working on Sephina. First off ABC from Beaumaris have removed the cutlass bearing and the stern tube bearing. The inner bearing was clearly worn and off centre. This was caused by engine misalignment and they have corrected that as well. A new stern gland has been fitted and the packing gland repacked. It all looks good and now they move on to servicing the engine. Dickies of Bangor have also been on to certify the gas system. It turns out it will pass, as is, but a strong recommendation to fit a pilot gas system to detect and shut off the gas was recommended. As I have seen an "exploded boat" in TLC's shed I am going to take the advice. Carl has also been continuing with the electrics and this week installed a cockpit camera so I can see the helm from the nav station. My wife thinks this is a bit big brother. I agree.

My brother joined me again this week end end so we did a Sunday stint. As we had mastered the inserting of the main saloon window last time we tackled the starboard one this time. It was fitted in less than half the time of the first as experience is everything. Apart from the chain plates Sephina is now watertight. Over the last two weeks I have been prototyping the entertainment system. This involves integrating a Mac and the video and audio sources together. The cameras on the mast and in the cockpit are not only routed to the E120 but also the the domestic TV system. Carl has been preparing the wiring for a couple of weeks and we had the fun part today of connecting it all up. First we mounted the saloon TV. It worked a dream. Next we started on the aft cabin TV but the thin VESA mount on a thin LED TV meant that it would be so flat to the wall that the mains and HDMI cables would not fit. Nothing for it but to get some special connections but also a VESA mount with more depth. And so the the fun part. We watched Elbow on Later with Jules on our new HD TV in my own yacht. Bliss. Next to watch it in the middle of the Atlantic. The dream is getting nearer.

Where we started

Teak Deck Oyster 406Week 68. OK not literally! This whole saga started with leaking chain plates and for those of you who have read the site Sephina was a bargain because she had damage to the interior due to water ingress from the chain plates. After over a year in refit we are now getting to putting the final touches to the refitted plates and this involves making some stainless steel covers. For this I have fabricated some templates which can be seen in the photo on the right. Also this week end was the final cleaning of the cockpit and the installation of the new helm. We also started the process of taking all the things that have accumulate in the boat during its refit. I have lost count of the number of screwdrivers I have bought as a succession of them have disappeared. Needless to say I am now the proud owner of several sets! The hose to go from the deck filler to the fuel tank was a nightmare to get on and this weekend I had to do the opposite side for the water filler. Luckily access was far easier and I think this is the only job in over a year that has gone quicker than I expected. Lets hope this continues. ABC from Beaumaris are now on the boat to replace the cutlass bearing, stern tube packing gland and service the engine. The final two contractors needed before launch are Dickies to upgrade the gas system and service the aft heads and The Boat Shed to replace the interior cushions. Carl from TLC continues on the electrics and his neat working and speed is filling me with confidence that Sephina will be fit for purpose. This week he has been working on the AV and I am designing the systems for when we can afford them! It is tempting to wait until the last minute to fit these systems as technology moves so fast but I am pretty sure we won't need 3D TVs with the view we will be expecting as we cruise around. Sunday update. Managed to get a few more hours on Sunday and jobs ticked off include pluming the galley sink, finishing the swim ladder refitting and completing of the refitting and refurbishment of the second electric bilge. I once had a mini cooper rally car and and we were always working on her the night before the rally. I am determined that this will not be the case with Sephina's launch but who knows. Time will tell.

More entertainment

Teak Deck Oyster 406Week 71. More work this week end on the entertainment systems. After last weeks saloon TV install, the aft cabin was the scene of another Samsung LED TV. The Mac mini driving the system has HDMI output so this was split to drive both TVs. They also have composite video input for the mast head and cockpit cameras. On the aft cabin TV the only input for analogue video is via a SCART. As the TV is so slim and the VESA mount so thin there is not enough room to get any connector in the back. I'm going to have to make a SCART connector myself and angle the video lead at 90 degrees to make it fit. My wife has been doing the usual sterling duty of bilge cleaning in the aft shower room and toilet. They are now spotless and tomorrow I am going to service the two seacocks in preparation for the new pipework to be fitted. The henderson Mark 5 pump was serviced during the week with a new service kit. Also this week ABC have finished the stern gland and cutlass bearing and replaced the prop with refurbished rope cutter. Next week they are onto the fuel system.