New mainsheet traveler (and some other stuff)

During the weekend we have done some work on the boat, we have attached a new mainsheet traveler, the last solar panels and some other small tasks.

The first thing we did was to glue the final solar panels in position, we glued them on using marine sealant. With the 2 final ones we now have 5 solar panels in total. They are specified to 60W each, which gives 300W in total. On a good day they will probably give 200W, because of shadowing etc.

Adding marine sealant for the final solar panels, we have used Sikaflex marine sealant.
Weights on the solar panels. We only need to connect them now, which we couldn’t do this weekend because of rain and wind.

Next up was to attach a new mainsheet traveler we have bought second hand. The solution on our sailboat from before was that the mainsheet was attached to a point on the mizzen mast, pretty high up on the mast. Especially when sailing on a beam reach the boom behaves pretty bad and our kick can’t hold the sail down. Now we will have a better control of the leech tension.

How it looked before, the mainsheet attached high up on the mizzen mast.
Measuring out where the mainsheet traveler should be.
rubber mat under mainsheet traveler
Between the traveler and the boat we added a rubber mat, for sealing and dampen the pressure.
attaching mainsheet traveler
Getting the mainsheet traveler in position.
mainsheet traveler sailboat
The mainsheet traveler in position.

mainsheet traveler

mainsheet traveler

We also fixed some final details for reefing the mainsail by attaching some cleats to attach the reef lines, more about our reefing solution can be found in the previous post or by clicking on the link HERE.

Attaching cleats for the reefing lines.
We attached them with pop rivets.

We have had another main sail which we wanted to try out, we had thought that it would be the same size as the one we already have. But we were wrong, it is to small for us. This means that we are stuck with our old main sail, it is not broken but we would really like a newer sail. We are already on the watch for a new furling genoa, so we will keep our eyes open for a new main sail as well. It’s a shame that the other main sail we had didn’t fit, since it is very fresh and doesn’t seem to be used much.

When we tried the sail out we also had the opportunity to test the anchor in the bow for the first time, and the manual anchor windlass we have in the bow. The windlass works fine, but of course an electrical one would be nice to have.

Trying out the anchor in the bow and the manual windlass.

Finally we also changed a pipe for the freshwater system. There was a cooper pipe going from the water heater to the shower in the bathroom, which was broken. We changed it to a hose instead and now we have a complete fresh water system! 🙂

The broken cooper pipe.

Final preparations before our summer sail

Before our summer vacation sail we had some small final preparations to get the boat in order. First up was to get the old piece of teak back in position in the cockpit.

Sanding the teak before putting it back in the cockpit.
In position on the cockpit. We are still missing the final piece in the stern so we will need to buy a new piece.
The winches back in position.
Securing the sharp edges with some tape to protect all the different ropes and sails.
We also mounted the instruments we have on the mizzen mast.

We have bought a new Garmin plotter which needed a position as well. We chose to place it under the spray-hood. We had one idea of putting it one the mizzen mast together with the other instruments but there is not room enough on the mast have it in a good way.

Drilling a hole for the cables for the plotter.
The cable entry for the plotter. Soon the cables from the solar panels will be drawn through here as well.
The plotter in position.

We have also bought a new refrigerator, Dometic CRX 110, which needed to be installed as well. We thought for some time to build our own cooling box but decided not to. The reason for that is that it will be a lot of work and if we want to go sailing this summer we would have to buy us out of this one. But this refrigerator looks really good and it is big so we will be able to store a lot of food.

Taking a look at our new refrigerator.
One minor problem is that the refrigerator doesn’t fit properly, so we had to destroy it to get it in place.
A piece of the insulation removed.
After some work, the refrigerator is finally in position! 🙂

We have a oil lubricated shaft seal which didn’t had an oil reservoir but just a hose to fill oil in. We decided to build an oil reservoir and make sure to mount it well abode the waterline.

 Some pieces for the oil reservoir…
and after some soldering it ended up in this.  
It is made out of copper pipe and a threaded fitting as a lid. 

When all work was done, it was cleaning time. After almost 11 months of renovation it was well needed.

The sofa and table in position with cushions and all.
The bed in the bow made and ready to be slept in.
A net for fruits is a must on a sailboat! 🙂

Tomorrow we will set sail for a couple of days and sail in the Stockholm archipelago. Feels amazing that we will finally be able to enjoy our sailboat for a while after all the work we done so far. It is far from finished though. We still need to have her up on land to go over the bottom, we have no water installed yet and the water tanks needs cleaning (on this sailing trip we will bring water with us in a water can) and a bunch of other things. But that is something we will do after the summer.

A new kick for the boom on the main mast

On our boom for the main mast we don’t have any kick. The reason for that is probably that our boom can be rolled around to reef the sails. What we read is that this was used a couple of years ago and that it usually doesn’t work very well, since the shape of the main sail changes. But we haven’t tried this function yet so we can’t really say anything about it. We decided to mount the kick so that we could remove it and try this rolling function of the boom and see for ourselves if it is something to continue use or if it is better to reef the sail normally.

We mounted an attachment on the boom using pop rivets, the attachment is pretty small so that the sail will be able to roll around the mast if we decide to use the rolling reef function.

The attachment on the boom for the kick, one pop rivet left to attach.
The new kick for the boom on the main mast.
Seen from another angle.

We also changed the sheet on the mizzen mast, the old one was very stiff and damaged.

The old sheet for the mizzen mast was very stiff and had some damages.
The new sheet for the mizzen mast.
The handle on port side back in position.

Our work continues with getting Anne-Mon ready for some summer sailing, we are working with a propane installation, finishing the cabin door and a bunch of other stuff.

Rope overhaul and cleaning halyards

We got a bunch of different kind of ropes for the rig when we bought the boat, but most of them ha been laying outside on the mast for several years and needed an overhaul and to be cleaned. We went over the halyards in search for weaknesses in the ropes and wires. Then we started cleaning the halyards. Some of the halyards are made entirely of rope and those we cleaned in a washing machine, just a normal 40 degree wash (celsius) with less centrifugation than an ordinary washing program. We added vinegar essence as fabric softener, which makes the fabric soft, without wearing them out to much.

Before cleaning the ropes.
After a program in the washing machine 🙂

Unfortunately the blue rope (which is the topping lift for the main mast) had a small damage, which we had noticed before putting it into the washing machine. We had hoped that it wouldn’t be so bad but after a tour in the washing machine it was clear that we need a new topping lift. The rest of the rope looks fine so we can cut the bad piece off and use the rest of the rope for something else.

The damage on the blue halyard, which became much clearer after a washing program.

The halyards that are both rope and wire can obviously not be cleaned in a washing machine. We cleaned them using regular soap and Vanish to get rid of the algae.

Some other halyards, half rope and half wire. From the left; mizzen sail halyard, spinnaker halyard, YYY halyard.
Cleaning the halyards that are both wire and rope.
After the clean, not the same difference here as the ones that went through the washing machine, but good enough.

Our furling system has a continuous loop rope to furle in and out. The old loop rope had a damage and needed to be replaced. We bought a new rope and made a loop out of it.

Getting the core of the rope outside the cover and adding the special needle into the rope.
Starting to add the ropes together.
The outer cover added together.
Now we have a closed loop rope! 🙂
The loop rope added on the furling system.

We also made a new lazy jack, since the old was dirty and broken. We made the new one out of pretty thin rope. Finally we also changed the lower lines of the guardrail, since there weren’t much material left on the old one.

The old lazy jack.
The old and new guardrail.

Next post will be about the final preparations before rigging the masts, the mast stepping and our first trimming of the masts.