October 2019

STERN GLAND - EXHAUST ELBOW RISER  After all the problems with the traditional packing stern gland in June, we finally decided to replace the system. This piece of gear had to be removed without taking out the shaft. But on Contessa's, the shaft can be extracted only if the rudder is down. That meant a …

June 2019

Moving on board-Sun Awning-Exhaust System - Stern Gland In Greece the month of June is quite hot and sunny. A protection from the sun was now essential. We ordered a large sun awning which also had to be waterproof. The material is quite tough but light enough to be foldable and easy to store in …

May 2019

ANTIFOULING - LAGOON TABLE - LAUNCHING - LIFE RAFT - SPRAY HOOD & MAIN SAIL COVER - WASHBOARDS   Beginning of May we applied the antifouling. We used International Micron 350 in green colour. One coat was applied everywhere on the hull and a second on the exposed areas: rudder, skeg and 40 cm under …

April 2019

SKEG REPAIR - SHAFT, PROPELLER & TILLER INSTALLATION - POLISHING GELCOAT - MAIN SAIL TRIAL   We had a very bad surprise when we pulled out the machine screws holding on the heel plate. While inspecting thoroughly those voids, we realised that the previous owner had fill up the old machine holes with quite a …

March 2019

ENGINE ROOM -NANNI KUBOTA WATER PUMP REPLACEMENT -  CUTLESS BEARING - SHAFT, PROPELLER & RUDDER TRIAL - NEW TILLER   At the beginning of the refit we decided that we needed access to the stern. Therefore, we cut widely through the lazaret door. That was of a great help since it allowed us to undertake …

February 2019

ENGINE ROOM REFIT - WATER TANK - PLUMBING - MAINSHEET TRAVELLER - PACIFIC WINDPILOT The engine room refurbishment was obviously a major task this month. We were waiting for ages to be able to use epoxy resin. Since December, the temperatures were below anything acceptable. First thing in the plan: bonding the two thick plywood …

January 2019

IROKO TAFFRAIL & SINK PUMP New Year was accompanied by very bad weather and heavy snowfalls ! "Samourai" was covered under 15 cm of snow. Clearing the deck was necessary to avoid the creation of heavy ice during the night. Unfortunately, we were not able to work for most of the month because of those …

December 2018

ENGINE ROOM  REFURBISHMENT - HEAT EXCHANGER - STAINLESS STEEL WATER TANK   After dealing with the water tank, it was now time to start the "Engine Chapter": a major one indeed ! We were aware that the engine mounts had to be replaced. Two were broken but we decided to change all four of them. …

November 2018

C032 WATER TANK SCALE MODEL & MEASUREMENTS We went back to work on "Samourai" after a long break. Our first job was to create a scale model for our new stainless steel water tank. The aim was to make sure the dimensions were matching our bilge. For the mockup model we used two types of …

May 2018

INTERIOR & UPHOLSTERY By now we were quite exhausted after working 7 months, almost without a break . It was necessary to clean up the boat, install the plywood boards, cushions, e.t.c,  and have a proper look at what we have done so far. We have to admit, that we are very pleased with the …