Security and another 406

Teak Deck Oyster 406 Week 72. The mind is now focused as Sephina goes out of the shed in about 6 weeks. So a few evenings as well as weekends might be called for. This week it was two evenings and Saturday and Sunday. The list of completed jobs continues to grow but as jobs are completed other jobs arise. As the water tank was filled now all the plumbing is done firstly water started to leak from the new tank inspection hatch, secondly as the water pump was started leaks sprang from the new accumulator and the aft heads sink. The water pump went significantly over pressure and did not switch off. This may have been the cause of the leaks. As this is about the only part of the boat systems I have not replaced then it is off to the chandlers to modernise this system. The AquaJet Flow Master enables smooth water flow without the need for an accumulator. I should have fitted this a while ago and it would have saved replacing the accumulator. Small jobs completed include genoa track end stops, aft heads toilet pipe work, cctv install and beefing up the hatch security with a stainless steel bar. My brother helped again on Saturday and it is sure easier when you have another engineer around. The picture on the right shows the beginning of fitting the new organisers, yet another upgrade. As usual it was not as straight forward as expected and another case of not having the right length of A4 machine screws. I must have over 1000 machine screws but not the 10 I needed. Thank goodness for the Internet. The CCTV system is now ready for when Sephina is in the big world outside. It works on mains and 12 volts and records onto SD cards for both masthead and cockpit cameras. I tested it out and I will be able to have many days recorded on the 32Gig cards and as the system is motion sensitive it might stretch to weeks!. Also this week I met some prospective purchasers of another Oyster 406. We have been corresponding for several months and they have been through trials and tribulations finding the right boat but fingers crossed they might be near the finishing post. There will be no update next week as we are off to visit our youngest who is half way through her commercial yacht master course. She better not start to tell me what to do when we are sailing. There is only room for one skipper. Just hope it’s me!


Teak Deck Oyster 406

Week 73. It's all starting to get a bit real and I seem to be the only one panicing! There are still lots of contractors on the boat and this coming week they will all be on at the same time despite the activity going on for months! I've booked the week off and was hoping to get a lot of my jobs done but I think I will help to do some of the contractor jobs. This week end my brother helped out enormously as we are still trying to get the water system leak free. The discovery last week of the leaking tap assembly in the aft heads proved to be beyond repair. A trip the B&Q resulted in another unforeseen expenditure but an improvement in the aesthetics. The replacement main domestic water pump has proved to be not as simple as thought. It is 50psi which will give us a good flow rate but this soon blew the calorifier safety cap! I can't seem to find a replacement one with that high a pressure so have found a 35psi one and bought a pressure reducer for the cold water feed which should do the trick. The high pressure has also found a few leaks signaled by the pump cycling every 5 minutes. So far I have traced two and will fix these tomorrow.


Week 66

Week 66. After the excitement of last week's completion of the re-decking of Sephina this week end has seen cleaning being the order of the day. The superstructure is cream but very dirty and is in great contrast to the repainted hull. Using G3 the cockpit has started to get back to it original shine. The port lights and hatches are now all replaced.

Progress and Washing Machine

Teak Deck Oyster 406

Week 74. The list of jobs has rapidly declined and a number of major jobs have been completed. Firstly humble pie. Last weekend I blogged that I was fearful that there would be slow progress on contractor jobs and my week would not be that productive. I should not have paniced as I was truly amazed by the progress. Completed this week have been the following. Anchor Locker, Lazerette, Washing Machine, Navigation station revamp, Mast Head CCTV, Sink drain pump, Fuel system upgrade, Grab rails and Life raft cradle. Barry and his team did more in a day and a half than I could do in a week. The grab rails are beautiful and custom made by JP Engineering. They also welded mountings for the liferaft cradle on the pushpit. Back to the bilges has also been a theme this weekend. The fresh water system has been upgraded and a new pump installed. However this pump delivers 3.5 bar or 50psi and when it was switched on leaks appeared everywhere! I had no idea that most boat systems are just over 1 bar. The calorifier was the first to signal stress as the pressure relief valve is rated at 20psi so quickly blew and deposited water in the bilge. Other joints gave up the ghost. There was no obvious solution as the maximum pressure relief valve I could find was 30PSI. A quick Internet search revealed an inline pressure-reducing valve that can be set to any pressure from 1 to 10 bar. I installed it before the calorifier and it works a treat reducing the pressure in the hot water system and stopping the leak. Next the cold water system required replacing some plastic connectors with copper ones and I am pretty sure there are no more leaks but a very good flow rate now comes from the aft heads shower. As the water system is now fully operational and the washing machine installed there was nothing for it but to turn the machine on. Yes mass excitement and the very first wash was completed. Result. My wife has gone back to basics and started finding little nooks and crannies that have not been painted. They are now!

Also very importantly we now have date for coming out of the shed and the launch which will be the 10th of May just in time for us to shake down and prepare for a two week cruise in company to Ireland. And no Sharon this is not the start of the circumnavigation. With the washing machine at least now we will arrive with clean clothes!


Week 67. We have just had the news that the shed we are in is being returned to the original owners and relinquished by the marina. This has focused the mind somewhat! This week end my brother joined me again and we replaced the port forward saloon window. The inter screws, which hold the inner window frames to the machine screws in the frame itself were difficult to line up with the new teak used to replace the stained interior wood. Sephina only needs the starboard saloon window fitted and she will be watertight above and below the waterline. A major achievement and as we have to leave the shed essential to enable Sephina to be outside. We are now having to plan the launch date so watch this space!