Planned Tasks

Zanshin Maintenance Log - Planned Tasks (oldest first)
Date Entered Label Description Image
2021/10/10 Freshwater system leak Since my last water fill I've noticed that the freshwater pressure pump cycles infrequently for a second to re-build pressure. And there is a small amount of water dripping into the main bilge through a limber hole on the starboard side. Plus my water level in the tank is going down much faster than it should. All those point to a leak in my pressurized water system. I did a quick look at the likely locations (tees in the line, hot water boiler) but no leaks were evident. So I'll have to do some more intensive searching to find the location.
Looking for a water leak Tracking the pressurized water system in search of a leak
(2021-10-16 11:22:20 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/25s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4861909'0"N 60°57.0042299'0"W ]
Looking for a water leak
2021/08/17 Masthead loose line I noticed a loose line at the top of the mast on my last passage and can't figure out what it is. It might be the tail end of the line used for the SSB antenna, but I'm not sure. My climbing gear doesn't work on my thick lines, so I will need help in getting up and down. One of the local free-lancers here in St. Lucia will probably do this for me (I've helped him on two other boats already) but I want to combine it with some other work for him and I don't have any at the moment
Masthead line There's a loose line flopping about up there. I don't know what it belongs to, so it needs to be checked
(2021-08-17 14:35:54 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/640s] ISO 64)
Masthead line
2021/08/17 Apply Sunbrella Waterproofing The old Sunbrella is leaking like a sieve. I've already applied it to some the dodger and it was a great success. The wheel and winch covers have been done as well, and the cushions are drying out right now. I will use a brush for the Sunbrella that is already mounted or close to clear windows and will use the spray bottle for the cushions. I will do this when the winds are down.
Cushions drying out These cushions have received a spray dose of waterproofing and are out in the sun drying out.The spray is petroleum based so I'm not going to risk staining my teak until they are fully dry
(2021-08-17 15:15:33 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 64)
Cushions drying out
2021/08/17 Fix watermaker flush cycle The high-pressure pump turns on right at the end of the flush cycle on the watermaker and doesn't turn off. I have resorted to turning off the watermaker until I get this sorted out
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2021/08/17 Replace watermaker salinity probe The probe seems to have died (again). I will remove it and see if it can be fixed. This is lower-priority as I've overridden the probe sensor and the salinity of the product water is still very good
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2021/08/17 Fix cockpit VHF Speaker The outside speaker for the VHF at the starboard wheel isn't working. It might be cabling or a broken speaker. The speaker needs to be removed and checked.
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2021/08/17 Locate and fix deck leak When the rain comes down very hard there are some more-or-less serious drips on both sides of the deck in the forward section of the main cabin. I can't tell if these leaks are coming from the 4 top hatches or perhaps from leaky seals on the top forwards Plexiglas windows. I will need to remove the headliner to see if I can locate tracks or other evidence. Perhaps I'll wait for a rainy day to make it easier.
2021-10-10 I finally removed the headliner in the rain and found where the water was dripping from, but it isn't the source of the leak so I will have to try to trace where it is coming from. I think it is one of the 4 hatches on top of the cabin deck as that is the only area higher than the leak drip that has an opening on deck.

Drip, drip from above Like the famed Chinese water torture, each little drip from this leak look innocuous but it quickly adds up to a lot of water
(2021-10-10 11:54:22 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/100s] ISO 64)
[14°4.486347'0"N 60°57.0066439'0"W ]
Drip, drip from above
2021/08/17 Oven Cover sticks The cover plate to the oven/stove top is binding somewhere and I think that there once was a bungee cord back there as well to help lift it up. This needs looking into, and the worst case would require removing the gimbals on the stove.
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Completed Tasks

Zanshin Maintenance Log - Completed Tasks (most recent first)
Date Entered Date Completed Label Description Effort Cost Image
2021/08/17 2021/10/09 Gelcoat repair on deck There are a couple of spots on deck where the gelcoat got banged away by flying or falling objects (probably during Hurricane Irma). I can do those myself with a little gelcoat repair kit from the chandlery
My first attempt had me mix an incorrect amount of catalyst/hardener and the repair never solidified 100%, but the second time around worked as expected and sanding with 150grit, 500 grit and 1000 grit plus some 3M gelcoat rubbing compound finished the job.
2 $20
Gelcoat repairs before sanding The gelcoat has finally cured through and is ready for sanding
(2021-09-23 15:03:25 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/320s] ISO 64)
Gelcoat repairs before sanding
2021/08/17 2021/09/30 Bad Boy Wi-fi extender I've got the unit removed from the mast and it seems to be broken, but there is a steel housing which unscrews to allow access and I cannot get it opened. I need a vise and don't have one aboard. I will use any opportunity to get this opened that presents itself and then check out if the unit is serviceable after all before chucking it.
It seems that I'd been turning the housing the wrong way, it is a left-hand thread and most likely I'd galled the threads. I took it across to the Chinaman in the yard and he couldn't open it with a vise and huge spanner so he took the angle grinder to it. Once open I saw that the top section was corroded and an electronic component fell off in my hand so I ditched the broken device.
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2021/09/24 2021/09/27 Add LEDs to cockpit table I have 2 old LED strips that I want to use to make indirect and dimmable lighting for the cockpit table
I decided to put the LED dimmer switch on the chart plotter pod on one side and add a 2-port USB charging socket on the other side, as I had both parts in my inventory. I thought that the pod was fiberglass and gelcoat but it turned out to be solid molded plastic and my Dremel tools did a good job but I used a borrowed drill with attachments to drill big round holes to get started. The corners really are hard to do without a jig saw. But the enclosure was quickly done and I used some industrial strength outdoor double-sided tape to attach the LED strips underneath the top ledge of the table and underneath the table as well and the effect is quite nice with indirect nighttime lighting.
Preparing the Plotter Pod Chartplotter plastic pod getting drilled with openings for USB chargers and a dimmer switch
(2021-09-24 13:00:04 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/3.2, 1/800s] ISO 64)
Preparing the Plotter Pod
Preparing the Plotter Pod I don't have a jig saw, so making a clean rectangular hole in this plastic pod wasn't all that easy
(2021-09-24 13:00:08 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/250s] ISO 64)
Preparing the Plotter Pod
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Cockpit table LED lights Two LED strips are attached to the table and are currently on their lowest dim setting in this 5-second exposure image
(2021-09-26 18:54:56 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 5/1s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4861909'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Cockpit table LED lights
2021/08/17 2021/09/26 Varnish cockpit table This is a big project and I will use professional help to do this. The guys working on Kokomo ("Friend" and Jeremiah are their names) will come by in the next couple of days and make me an offer. While I don't like maintenance on varnish, I like oil/grease spots on the cockpit table even less.
They have been working, almost daily, for a month now. Most of their time was spent in preparing and sanding the surfaces to be varnished. There are to be 8 layers of varnish (including 2 layers of sealing/base) but the cockpit tabletop has seen some heavy degradation over the years and might require more work than that.
Table leaves removed and cleaned I removed the teak leaves and gave them an acid treatment to remove as many and as much of the stains as I could
(2021-08-30 15:03:44 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/500s] ISO 64)
Table leaves removed and cleaned
Working of the cockpit cubby The little cubby on the table needs to be sanded manually, at least on the inside
(2021-09-01 13:07:12 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Working of the cockpit cubby
Sanding and taping the cockpit table Final sanding underneath the table and subsequent taping in preparation for the base coats and varnish
(2021-09-03 12:59:26 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Sanding and taping the cockpit table
applying Base Coat to the Cockpit Table The initial coat has been applied to the table and has brought out the grain but also darkened the wood considerably
(2021-09-04 12:02:44 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
applying Base Coat to the Cockpit Table
Applying Base Coat on the Docks "Friend" coating the leaves with a base coat and sealer in preparation for varnishing
(2021-09-04 12:04:08 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Applying Base Coat on the Docks
Applying second layer of base coat The second coat of sealant / base coat brushed onto the table
(2021-09-04 12:06:57 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Applying second layer of base coat
Two layers of base coat The teak has darkened with 2 coats of sealant/base coat but the grain has come out and is looking very nice
(2021-09-04 18:07:11 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/8s] ISO 64)
Two layers of base coat
Sealant has dried The teak parts already are getting that "wet" look despite being dry
(2021-09-05 13:15:50 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Sealant has dried
Second layer of Varnish The lid on the cockpit table is starting to look very good with the second coat of varnish
(2021-09-07 17:57:00 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Second layer of Varnish
Two coats of varnish The teak cockpit tabletop has gotten a second coat of varnish and the wood grain is starting to disappear
(2021-09-07 17:57:13 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Two coats of varnish
Cockpit table cubby Four layers of varnish and the cubby is getting close to being smooth and glossy
(2021-09-10 09:25:35 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Cockpit table cubby
Sanding smooth 220 grit sanding on varnish layer 8 but the next one is going to be nice and smooth
(2021-09-16 12:22:17 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 200)
[14°4.4851118'0"N 60°57.0034148'0"W ]
Sanding smooth
High Gloss drying The tabletop is still uneven, but it is time to finish the project and it will be just one more layer of varnish to top it off
(2021-09-18 11:31:51 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/60s] ISO 200)
[14°4.4857226'0"N 60°57.0031034'0"W ]
High Gloss drying
After Layer 8 was completed they initiated their "upsell" tactics by offering another 2 or perhaps 3 coats of varnish and I acceded to their requests as I think that with 2 more layers the surface should be like glass. They spent several more days with sanding, prepping and varnishing before the work was complete and I had to let the parts dry for a couple more days before mounting them.
Varnished Cockpit table The newly varnished cockpit table finally put back together and looking nice. Although it looks wet it is actually dry but I should wait a week or two for the varnish to cure and harden completely
(2021-09-26 14:11:16 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/80s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4861909'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Varnished Cockpit table
New Varnish on Old Table The newly varnished cockpit table finally put back together and looking nice. Although it looks wet it is actually dry but I should wait a week or two for the varnish to cure and harden completely
(2021-09-26 14:11:31 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/22.0, 1/10s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4861909'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
New Varnish on Old Table
Cockpit table extended The newly varnished cockpit table finally put back together and looking nice. Although it looks wet it is actually dry but I should wait a week or two for the varnish to cure and harden completely
(2021-09-26 14:11:51 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/40s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4861909'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Cockpit table extended
Newly varnished cockpit table The table with leaves folded. I wonder when I'll put the first "ding" into it... Hopefully that won't happen soon
(2021-09-26 17:05:52 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4861909'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Newly varnished cockpit table
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Hardware removed from table The metal hardware has been removed and the tarnished tabletop is ready for cleaning
(2021-08-30 06:44:59 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/25s] ISO 64)
Hardware removed from table
2021/08/17 2021/09/20 Engine mount clean off rust One of the engine mounts next to the exhaust manifold is rusty from leaked cooling water. Clean off the rust mechanically and passivate with Ospho. 0.5 n/a
Rusty Engine Mount A saltwater cooling leak over this mount caused some serious rust
(2021-09-19 15:09:45 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/8s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4858787'0"N 60°57.0013331'0"W ]
Rusty Engine Mount
2021/08/17 2021/09/19 Deck light won't turn off I noticed that the light was on, although I hadn't turned it on. When I switched it off at the control panel it remained on. The panel LED seems to be working so it is most likely a faulty relay and an easy fix. Currently I have the breaker turned off to circumvent the problem
Since it is very hot outside I decided to do this task today and got a spare relay out but didn't replace the old one because once I powered up the circuit it worked without a problem. I'm going to mark this as fixed unless it happens again.
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2021/09/17 2021/09/17 Label Winch buttons I can never remember which button is for fast and which for slow, and if I press the wrong one I need to make sure the winch stops before pressing the other one, otherwise the breaker is tripped and I have to go below in order to reset it. So I've been wanting to do this for years and finally did it today. I had to clean and wax where the labels are put and print out the labels and that was it. 0.5 n/a
Electric winch buttons I finally got around to labelling the two winch buttons with speed indicators as I could never remember which was which
(2021-09-17 15:54:49 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/80s] ISO 200)
[14°4.4857226'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Electric winch buttons
2021/08/17 2021/09/17 Anchor Chain There are several tasks here, the chain needs to be removed from the boat and mechanically cleaned to remove the big rust spots. Then treated with Ospho and otherwise passivated. Perhaps the chain needs to be end-for-ended and finally the chain needs to get painted markings so that I can visually see how much has been let out. I've been using plastic inserts, but they are difficult to see and tend to fall out. This is a major job which I will contract out to the same people doing my neighbor's chain.
I removed the chain from the locker and put it onto the dock; that revealed some major issues with the sections of chain that were at the bottom of the locker. The chain locker has two drain holes that are very close to the waterline and at sea they will occasionally take on small amounts of seawater. The chain locker has a slope so that there is always a small puddle of water at one end, and this has caused some major rust on the chain. Some of the links are corroded so badly as to cause a potential break danger in moderate conditions and would surely break under anything approaching the original working load of the chain.
Rusty Chain Links on Dock Rusty chain links mixed in with good sections of chain.
(2021-09-04 12:06:09 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Rusty Chain Links on Dock
Serious corrosion While big sections of the chain are pristine, other sections and links are heavily corroded with much of the substance gone. Since a chain is only as strong as the weakest link it means that the whole chain might as well be corroded away!
(2021-09-03 09:56:08 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/1600s] ISO 64)
Serious corrosion
Chain rust flakes on the windlass Some of the links are so rusty that they flake off when passing through the windlass
(2021-09-02 17:13:36 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/15s] ISO 64)
Chain rust flakes on the windlass
Rusted chain soaking in acid I'm soaking the offending ball of fused rusted links in concetrated hydrochloric acid overnight to see if that will loosen the rust enough to let me get the chain through the hawsehole
(2021-09-03 12:54:06 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Rusted chain soaking in acid
The last image is the ball of rusted links soaking in hydrochloric acid (also known as muriatic acid) to convert and remove the rust. After 24 hours of soaking the rust had converted but I still had to work 2 hours to pound the links and separate them so that it would pass through the hole in the windlass! I've ordered 300 feet of new G4 chain plus another 100 feet of rode and that should be sufficient ground tackle for the next couple of years. I'm going to ensure that the new chain is raised above the level of the standing water in the anchor locker as well so that my new acquisition doesn't suffer the same fate as the old chain.
I arranged to have my old chain removed today and I'm sure they'll salvage as much of it as possible; most of the old chain is in good condition but sections (spread throughout the chain length) are very bad and that makes it unusable for anchoring but perhaps they can re-purpose it in some fashion.
I decided to use spray paint to mark the anchor chain at intervals in order to give the system a bit of redundancy if the chain counter didn't work or for times when I was lowering the chain from the forward remote. I used a traffic light type system with a progression from green through yellow to red. And once that was done I had to add some shackles to the chain swivel because the new chain didn't quite want to fit into the rear slot of the swivel. But after some work I finally got everything sorted out and the chain is now in the locker (with a bit of padding to keep it out of the standing water in there) and the project is complete.
New chain on the docks The chain is still laid out on the docks
(2021-09-12 07:31:42 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 64)
New chain on the docks
Rode and Bottles The bottles and a piece of Starboard form the base for the flaked rode and will keep it out of standing water. The chain is piled on top of that
(2021-09-12 13:55:02 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Rode and Bottles
Shackles and swivel Safetied shackles and swivel for the anchor and chain
(2021-09-14 10:28:47 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/3200s] ISO 200)
Shackles and swivel
100 feet of rode and 300 feet of chain The bottom of the chain locker is hardly filled by the rode and chain, but it is a lot of weight very far forward
(2021-09-17 14:24:41 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/40s] ISO 200)
[14°4.4855665'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
100 feet of rode and 300 feet of chain
Pallet with rode and anchor chain 120 feet of 20mm rode and 300 feet of 10mm G4 chain on a pallet at the dock ready to go.
(2021-09-11 09:17:03 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Pallet with rode and anchor chain
Spray painted markings Final coat of red paint applied
(2021-09-12 07:30:49 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 64)
Spray painted markings
Two shackles on the anchor I wanted to keep the swivel, so needed 2 shackles on the anchor side due to chain diameter
(2021-09-17 14:20:23 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 200)
[14°4.4855665'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Two shackles on the anchor
Anchor safely stowed Completed anchor project
(2021-09-17 14:28:35 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
[14°4.4855665'0"N 60°57.003908'0"W ]
Anchor safely stowed
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Anchor chain The anchor chain is quite rusty and is in need of serious cleaning.
(2021-08-17 14:35:29 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/20s] ISO 64)
Anchor chain
2021/08/17 2021/09/04 Chain Counter/Remote The remote control is no longer working, the chain counter doesn't change. I assume that the magnet used to detect rotation on the windlass has either fallen out or there is some other problem in the unit. Access is quite restricted, so I will do this task at the same time that the anchor chain is being done.
As part of removing the chain for cleaning, I realized how much rust and iron flakes had fallen off and contaminated the winch and its components. Once the chain was gone (a major project due to a solid ball of anchor links fused together with rust) I cleaned and serviced the windlass and found that the magnets were still there but covered in iron filings. Once that was removed the chain counter works again.
Chain rust flakes on the windlass Some of the links are so rusty that they flake off when passing through the windlass
(2021-09-02 17:13:36 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/15s] ISO 64)
Chain rust flakes on the windlass
Cleaned Lewmar windlass Cleaned up windlass with all the dirt and rust and metal filings removed
(2021-09-04 18:08:59 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/10s] ISO 64)
Cleaned Lewmar windlass
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Rusty chain soaking next to windlass Nasty rusty chain and dirty windlass on Zanshin
(2021-09-04 12:05:04 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 64)
Rusty chain soaking next to windlass
2021/08/27 2021/09/02 Clean up leaked oil in Engine bay There are two sections underneath the engine where oil has leaked. Access is tough, but I really need to clean up this unsightly mess
Sucked up the oil with the pump and mopped up remains with paper towels
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2021/08/17 2021/09/01 Genoa lead car repair The genoa lead car system comprises two cars that are connected together with an iron bar and 4 screws. The screws/bolts on one of the cars have loosened and fallen overboard. I can get replacement bolts at the chandlery but they are too long to fit in. I can't source any others here so I will have to get out the Dremel kit and cut them to length.
I had to run a power cable out to the dock for the varnishers to do their work, so I decided to get this task done at the same time. I delved into the depths of a forward bilge and got the Dremel tool and accessories and proceeded to cut the 3 bolts to length. The bolts are hardened and the Dremel cutting blade is small - but in the end it got done and I had the two cars connected again with new bolts.
Dremel ready for cutting My Dremel tool with cutting blade attached. The 3 long bolts need to be cut to the length of the shortest one
(2021-09-01 08:46:22 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 64)
Dremel ready for cutting
Two of three bolts cut Two of three are finished, the Dremel needs to cool down, and the one bolt is still smoking hot
(2021-09-01 09:01:33 NIKON D850 with a "50.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 64)
Two of three bolts cut
Harken track repaired The connector between the two cars now has 3 new bolts and one original one
(2021-09-01 12:06:48 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 64)
Harken track repaired
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Genoa track Missing link between the two cars of the genoa track
(2021-08-17 14:35:00 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 64)
Genoa track
2021/08/23 2021/08/25 Service the 4 winches Winches should be serviced regularly and mine haven't been cleaned or serviced in a very long time. I can't recall having done cleaning since Irma and I don't know if it was done as part of the refit, either.
Update 2021/08/23
I serviced the two forward Harken 50 winches. They were somewhat dirty and there was some corrosion inside but overall they were in pretty good shape considering the time since last maintenance.
Winch taken apart Only a screwdriver and one Allen wrench are needed to completely disassemble the winch
(2021-08-23 14:15:47 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 64)
Winch taken apart
Cleaning with mineral spirits I removed the old oil and grease from all the parts using mineral spirits and yet another old toothbrush
(2021-08-23 14:51:18 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 64)
Cleaning with mineral spirits
Cleaned parts ready for assembly All of the pieces have been cleaned and some of them have had traces of rust removed and they are now ready for reassembly
(2021-08-23 14:59:17 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 64)
Cleaned parts ready for assembly
Starting assembly Reassembling the winch after maintenance, here are the first 3 pieces already put in place
(2021-08-23 15:34:21 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/9.0, 1/40s] ISO 64)
Starting assembly
Update 2021/08/24
While I wanted to do both big Harken 70 winches, they are bigger with more parts and more cleaning so I only managed one winch. It was moderately dirty and either myself or someone else had slobbered on the grease so there was a lot of that to remove.
Big winch parts Removing and cleaning the parts of the big Harken 70 winch
(2021-08-24 14:35:04 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/20s] ISO 64)
Big winch parts
Harken 70 winch drum and parts This winch is much more massive than the smaller ones forward, the drum itself also has some embedded ball bearings
(2021-08-24 14:50:16 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/50s] ISO 64)
Harken 70 winch drum and parts
Harken 70 parts All of the Harken 70 parts are now cleaned and ready for re-assembly. Hard to believe that only an allen key and screwdriver (top left) are needed get all of these parts apart and back together again
(2021-08-24 15:17:51 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Harken 70 parts
Update 2021/08/25
This winch had a lot of issues, I think that water got inside and puddled/pooled rather than flowing out again as there is corrosion and oxidation on the lower end parts. This one was going to take a lot of work to service correctly. I mixed up a vinegar and baking soda solution for the bronze gears, soaked the steel gears in Spotless Stainless because getting into the crevices with paste and a toothbrush was too time-consuming, and cleaned other parts with my Star Clean and a toothbrush. All of the parts were de-greased in mineral spirits and cleaned. The pawls got a bit of oil and all the gears, once cleaned, got a light coating of grease prior to re-assembly.
Tarnished winch drum inside The heavy solid metal drum and insert are quite corroded and the ball bearings don't move freely so these will need some special cleaning
(2021-08-25 13:25:00 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/30s] ISO 64)
Tarnished winch drum inside
Winch drum being cleaned The corrosion and dirt have been removed and I'm working on the gears. The ball bearings now move freely and inside lining has been cleaned and polished
(2021-08-25 16:23:08 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/800s] ISO 64)
Winch drum being cleaned
Harken 70 lower before cleaning The grease has been slathered on and has collected debris and dust and some of the gears show a bit of rust
(2021-08-25 13:25:40 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/800s] ISO 64)
Harken 70 lower before cleaning
Harken 70 lower after cleaning The gears are now cleaned and a light layer of grease applied to them prior to re-assembly
(2021-08-25 16:23:14 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/1000s] ISO 64)
Harken 70 lower after cleaning
Vinegar and Baking Soda solution Bronze can be cleaned with a solution of vinegar and baking soda (forms a bubbly mix or a paste) and application of some elbow grease and soak time
(2021-08-25 14:29:36 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/640s] ISO 64)
Vinegar and Baking Soda solution
Tarnished and unsightly gears Corrosion is evident on the stainless steel and bronze gears
(2021-08-25 14:29:44 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/400s] ISO 64)
Tarnished and unsightly gears
Cleaning bronze gears Soaking and scrubbing the two bronze gears in a solution of vinegar and baking soda. These gears are bronze to prevent galling, which can happen on steel gears
(2021-08-25 14:35:25 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/400s] ISO 64)
Cleaning bronze gears
Spotless Stainless on gears The gear parts have slight corrosion in locations that are hard to get to, so I opted to soak them in Spotless Stainless and let the chemical work take place rather than my normal mechanical cleaning methods.
(2021-08-25 14:49:34 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/800s] ISO 64)
Spotless Stainless on gears
7 $10.00
Winch taken apart Only a screwdriver and one Allen wrench are needed to completely disassemble the winch
(2021-08-23 14:15:47 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 64)
Winch taken apart
2021/08/17 2021/08/21 Cover screen for garage I would like to add a cover to hide/shield the dinghy garage from sun and eyes. I keep the bay open when at anchor or at the dock and would like to hide the mess back there and keep the contents from prying eyes.
I'd purchased 2 simple shower curtains at the local store and made up a taut line in the garage with Dyneema. The curtains now hang down but I still need to cut them to size and put in some grommets to fix the bottom
Dinghy garage curtain Initial installation of curtains in the dinghy garage to prevent people looking into the garage. Some dyneema line and 2 shower curtains make up the system, but I still need to cut them to size and put in grommets
(2021-08-21 13:03:09 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 64)
Dinghy garage curtain
2 $15.00
Dinghy Garage contents Putting items back into the dinghy garage after cleaning and scouring
(2021-06-28 18:21:33 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/16.0, 1/50s] ISO 64)
[18°23.8993761'0"N 64°38.1635485'0"W ]
Dinghy Garage contents
2021/08/17 2021/08/20 Engine oil replacement Standard maintenance task
Because of the leaky containers and not wanting to waste the special oil that the VW TDI140-5 requires, I did an oil change but didn't replace the filter as I discovered that I didn't have a spare.
1 $60.00
Engine Oil change Since the oil containers leaked, I decided that I'd do an oil change rather than lose more precious special lubricant. Here the old oil has been removed into the container and an empty bottle of San Pellegrino (seen in the engine compartment)
(2021-08-20 14:45:28 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/3s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4860538'0"N 60°57.003238'0"W ]
Engine Oil change
2021/08/17 2021/08/20 Clean up clean oil leak in bilge One or more of the oil canisters have leaked into a closed-off section of the bilge. This needs to be cleaned up.
It turns out that almost all of the plastic containers leaked! They were pressed into the compartment and time as well as boat movement gave them hairline stress fractures at the bottom; some leaked more than others. But in the end I kept the one sealed container and used all the rest in an unscheduled oil change.
Oil in Bilge Bilge section before removing the oil and cleaning
(2021-08-20 12:15:43 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/5s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4860538'0"N 60°57.003238'0"W ]
Oil in Bilge
Cleaned Bilge Bilge section before removing the oil and cleaning
(2021-08-20 13:09:09 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.5, 1/8s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4860538'0"N 60°57.003238'0"W ]
Cleaned Bilge
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Oil containers The oil containers look OK, but on closer inspection almost all of them had small cracks in the plastic bottoms from the pressure and movement in the bilge and leaked.
(2021-08-20 12:15:03 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4860538'0"N 60°57.003238'0"W ]
Oil containers
2021/08/17 2021/08/17 Repair cushion grommets Several of the grommets on the cushions have broken or are missing and need to be replaced or repaired
The work was quickly done with the repair kit, 6 broken attachments completed
<1 $8.00
Grommet repair kit Kit to insert or repair grommets , all that is missing is a hammer.
(2021-08-17 14:34:34 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 64)
[14°4.4857355'0"N 60°57.0018199'0"W ]
Grommet repair kit

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