April 2018

TOE RAIL - DEPTH SOUNDER -  PAINTING THE DECK AREA  After several weeks, the iroko profiles finally came into shape and matched the boat curves. We were now ready to start drilling through the wood. In total more than 80 countersunk wood screws were used. The six long iroko profiles were about 3 meters each. …

March 2018

SPRAY HOOD - ELECTRICAL PANELS - BATTERIES - IROKO TOERAIL - LAVAC MARINE TOILET   Our new sprayhood was almost ready. We had to try it on! The shape and design of the sprayhood had to take into account several parameters, such as the height which depends on the position one has at the helm. …

February 2018

ELECTRICAL WIRING & NEW SPRAY HOOD In February we continued running the wires throught the boat, and we were having a lot of "fun", trying hiding them all. u The forecabin wires are running in the hanging locker through PVC trunkings.  Then the big mess began with wires all over the place... Connecting all those …

January 2018

CARPENTRY WORKS- NEW CABIN FLOOR- GALLEY FORMICA- ELECTRICAL WORKS  On the first day of 2018 we decided to do some "homework": sand the rudder and prepare it for the epoxy coatings. Fortunately, it is was totally dry and the moisture readings were just perfect in order to apply the anti-osmosis Gelshield Plus. This will be done …

December 2017

VARNISHING THE BULKHEADS- UPHOLSTERY- INSULATING THE INTERIOR The month began with  very nice weather, allowing us to finish some small jobs on the hull. It was still necessary to cover the outside of the boat with plastic sheating in order to maintain a good average temperature. We completed the epoxy treatment on the patches that …

November 2017

PAINTING THE BILGES- INSTALLING A NEW STEAMHEAD, MAST DECK RING, BACKSTAY CHAINPLATES, BLAKE SEACOCKS & NEW MAST In the first week of November, it was birthday time for one of us. Blowing the candle and making a wish had to happen inside "Samourai", since the wish was relevant with the whole project ! The bilges …

October 2017

FILLING UP THE VOIDS IN THE KEEL - ANTI OSMOTIC TREATMENT- NEW STEAMHEAD We returned to the boat in the beginning of October anxious to proceed with the filling up of the keel and start the hull treatment. After many months of drying out, we took the following steps using Polyester Isophtalic Resin to fill …

June 2017

STERN CLEATS- EPOXY WORKS ON DECK Finally we uncovered all the interior and got rid of the cardboards. What a revelation ! Our boat was looking great all painted and with new windows. The deck with the new Gebo hatches. The white areas are where we did the repairs. Because epoxy cannot stay long in …

May 2017

DECK FITTINGS- TAFF RAIL REPAIR- MORE PAINTINGS Our new compass Contest 130. Installing the deck air ventilators. And the new deck fillers, for the water tank.... ...and for the fuel.  The portside cleat on the foredeck. And the refurbished old Lewmars 8 for the spinnaker sheets. This is one of the new Lewmars on the …

April 2017

NEW CHAIN PLATES- EPOXY REPAIRS ON DECK- NEW WINDOWS Installing the new U-bolts was a  precision job.  These are the top shroud's U-bolts. A new hole had to be done through the web. First we had to drill a pilot hole.  Here again, the Contessa 32 forum helped us to understand exactly the procedure. Then …