Preparing the topsides

One of the jobs we have on our to-do list for our time on land is to re-paint the topsides. From a distance the old paint haven’t looked that bad but looking closely there have been a lot of “bubbles” beneath the paint. As we also have done some plastic repairs on the attachments on deck it felt like a good idea to re-paint the topsides.

So when we were finished sanding below the waterline we just continued with the topsides. Our plan is to paint the topsides first and finish them and then continue painting below the waterline. This way the hull will get maximum time to dry out before we seal it up with epoxy primer.

Starting to sand the topsides.
We had to remove quite a lot of the old paint, as it were a lot of “bubbles” beneath it and we want best possible conditions for the new paint.
Finished sanding 🙂

We spent a lot of days sanding, even spent the entire Midsummer weekend by the boat instead of celebrating (Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden), but at least we ate herring by the dock.

Midsummer celebration with herring and fresh potatoes. 
We also had some cute visitors by the boat. when we arrived one morning

After the sanding was done, we have continued with fixing the final damages above the waterline and started adding putty on the places were it is necessary. Right now we are a bit unlucky with the weather though. From being around 25-30 degrees Celsius the temperature have dropped to around 15-20 with rain almost everyday.

But in the meantime we fix other stuff, finalizing the new electrical panel, documentation needed (will write a piece about this soon) and other stuff we need to get done. No rest here 🙂

Hopefully the weather change to the better soon so we can continue.

Life on the hard

Now we have been up on land for a couple of days and we continue to work hard with getting everything ready. Our first mission was to remove all anti-fouling. After a couple of days scraping and sanding it was finally gone and we could continue with other things.

Most of the old epoxy primer is in pretty good shape, but there are some places were the old paint has gone loose. We sanded up those places to get an even surface for the new epoxy primer we will paint later.

Now we will let the hull dry for a couple of more days before we seal it up and start painting. But we are not out of work in the meantime. We have a lot of possible places for leakages on deck. We have a sandwich hull and a lot of the attachments on deck have small cracks where water can sip through into the hull. As mentioned, thankfully, we have a core material that is not made out of wood, but we don’t want water in the core anyway.

So while we let the hull dry we continue to work on sealing all attachments on deck. So we removed a bunch of stuff; the sheet rail, mooring bollard, the one fairlead that was left. Started to sand around them and repair with epoxy.

bowsprit sailboat
An old picture from when we just bought the boat, as you can see one of the fairleads are gone and the plastic around the other one is a bit broken.

For the fairleads it has been pretty hard finding an equal one as the old ones. So we bought new one that will sit on top instead of integrated with the hull. So we removed the old one and filled the old holes up.

Work on going filling up the holes where the old fairleads where. Not finished here though, still needs some more filling. (We also took of the bowsprit as we will re-paint the hull, makes it easier to get to everything, she looks pretty naked without it though…)

We also removed the sheet rails on both sides, we drilled up the old holes and filled them with epoxy. This was a good thing we removed the sheet rails, as some of the holes have probably been leaking a lot.

Preparing for some plastic repairs on around the chain plates.

Next up was the chainplates. Our plan with the chainplates is to repair what is needed with epoxy around them, but leave a small opening around the plates. This opening we will fill up with butyl-tape which will be kept in place with a small custom made metal. This was it will hopefully not be any leakages and the movements and tensions from the chain won’t break the plastic around them. But more on this and better pictures in the future when we’ve actually done this.

Small repairs around the chainplates.
Also removed and opened up some bubbles on the topsides.

Our “On the hard to-do list” and some status updates:

  • Remove old anti-fouling – Done!
  • Repair all possible leakages above deck (chainplates, fairleads etc etc) – work ongoing
  • Go over and change through-hulls were it is needed – some through-hulls removed and new ones ordered. 
  • Go over bow-thruster – Work ongoing, taken apart and new sealings ordered
  • Go over propeller – Prop removed and ready for some love
  • Paint with epoxy primer, both below waterline and above at some places
  • New anti-fouling
  • Prepare topsides before painting
  • Paint the topsides


Hauled out!

Finally it was time for us to haul out Anne-Mon for the first time. Winter season in Sweden is over and most boat that been on the hard is now in the water which means a lot of free space for us. Finding a winter spot close to central Stockholm is not very easy for a bigger boat and one of the reasons we’ve been in the water over winter.

Anne-Mon has was last hauled out about 5-6 years ago, so we were pretty nervous to what we would find underneath the waterline…

On our way out of the water, wondering what we will find underneath.

A first look when the hull is still wet.

To our surprise, the hull looked so much better than we expected. There is a bit of growth on the hull, and a few barnacles but still not much in comparison of what it could have been. Baltic Sea is a pretty “kind” sea, brackish water and compared to southern oceans growth is less, but even for a boat in the Baltic it looked pretty good. The hull was also very even and smooth, and no huge damages what we could find at this point, if there are any smaller ones we will probably find them when all old bottom paint is removed.

As it is a pretty old boat that has been in the water for so long our expectations on the shape of the hull were very low, so this was a nice surprise. We are really excited to add some new paint and make her look really pretty again. We also plan to paint the topsides as well, so it will hopefully be quite some difference.

The hull after it has dried a bit. We plan to paint both below and above the water-line.
The propeller, we have taken it off for some polishing.
The bow thruster propeller, pretty dirty in here.

Our plan for our time on the hard is to:

  • Remove old anti-fouling
  • Paint with epoxy based paint and fix smaller damages above waterline
  • Anti-fouling
  • Paint the topsides
  • Go over and change through-hulls were it is needed
  • Go over bow-thruster
  • Go over propeller
  • …and a bunch of other smaller jobs

First thing to do was to get rid of smaller things on the boat that will be in the way when sanding, for example; pulpit, winches etc. It was not so much effort removing them and it will make sanding and painting the topsides much easier. We also started removing the old bottom-paint.

Removing old anti-fouling.

We have also received the new battens and batten boxes for our new second hand main sail so we cut the battens in the correct size and attached the batten boxes. We are really looking forward to sail with this new sail, we think it will be a huge improvement compared to the old one, which was a bit worn out.

Freezer box and new electrical panel

A couple of days, since our last update here. We have been busy with boatwork. So thought it was time for a small update what has been going on lately. What we been focusing on is to finish our fish freezer (earlier blog posts about that can be found here) as we got the last pieces of wood needed. We ordered most of the wood we’ve used from a local carpenter.

Starting to make a frame for the freezer.
The frame for the freezer box.
The frame in position together with the top cover.
Everything oiled with lin-seed oil for protection and to make it look nice.
Starting to make a lid for the freezer. A piece of insulation glued onto a piece of plywood. And then some nice wood on the sides to make it fit the frame we just made. 
Time to glue all pieces together.
We also added a layer of epoxy on the inside of the lid, so the insulation doesn’t start to fall apart and to make a nice clean surface. We will later paint the blue inside white and attach a handle on the lid as well.

We have also started to make a new electrical panel. On the old one there were several things we didn’t need and no room for some new items we wanted to have. So we made a new one.

The new clean electrical panel.
Figuring out where to position everything.
Almost all holes cut out. Next up will be to oil it and then attach all panels.

We also hope that we soon will be able to haul out and then it will be a couple of weeks of hard work to get everything ready below the waterline.


New halyard winch for the main mast

One thing we really wanted to do for a while is to replace the winch for the main halyard. Before it was a wire halyard fixed onto the old winch, which meant that the winch only could be used for the main halyard. That has been an issue for us when we have tried hoisting the staysail, as we have had to do that by hand and therefore not been able to get it up properly. It has also been a bit slow hoisting the main sail, as you have to use the winch all the way.

The old winch for the main halyard, which previously was made of wire. .
Wire removed, next up is to remove the winch itself.
It was not super-easy to get rid of the old winch, but finally we managed to get rid of it.
We filled the old screw holes with silicon.
Attaching the new winch and a plate for the rope clutches with pop rivets.
The new winch and rope clutches in position, first try!
The day after it was calm weather and we also tried hoisting our newly bought (second hand) main sail. The sail was perfect size for us, it just needs some adjustments of the battens and sliders before we can use it. The new winches and rope clutches worked really good as well.

We also chose to make a hole in the mast to let the halyard for the staysail and the topping lift go inside the mast instead of outside. The halyards for the main sail and the headsail are already inside the mast. As we have the mast steps it easy for ropes to get tangled around them and by being inside the mast, some parts of the halyard will get some weather protection. We made the cut in the mast as far away as possible from the other outlets for halyards to not weaken the mast too much.

After we’ve done the outlets it was time to climb up in the mast. We used a fishing line with a weight on, and when the weight was at the bottom we sewed the fishing line onto the rope. The weight and rope both gut stuck at some places but by shaking the mast a bit it managed to get down.

Enjoying the view from the top of the mast.
The topping lift, which we choose to let out at the bottom of the mast, below the attachments. Feels like this solution will be really good.
halyard winch main mast
A picture of our new solution with the new halyard winch and rope clutches on the main mast.
The new outlet for the staysail halyard.

Now we can’t wait to try sail, but a proper sail is quite far away for us. By the end of May we plan to haul out and go over the bottom, maybe we can take a short sail to the boatyard, but a longer sail will have to wait.