III - 2021 The work continues on Sailaway in the boat yard!
Well, after eight weeks of waiting we are eventually in the boat yard and the real work begins, unfortunately the next three days bring heavy rain! We had originally hoped to be in the yard for about four weeks in total, early findings shortly after will definitely extend that! Still we knew Sailaway was in a bit of mess, basically through neglect, two knee replacements followed by "Covid - 19", well that's our excuse! We must now just work through our "job list" and add to it as come across the unknown!
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II - Sailaway Logbook 2021 - We leave Carloforte for Cagliari and Sailaway's lift-out.
Log Entry - Monday 26th April - A little more preparation, then the first of three coats of paint go on, what a difference!
After a nights rest upon further inspection this morning we decide to sand further, a little more preparation will not hurt at all. It also gives us the opportunity to try out our two new orbital sanders, both of our old ones have failed us, the velcro bases finally giving up. A search early in the week revealed that our 15 year old sanders were no longer supported, so two replacements were ordered via our Amazon.it account - they work quite well!
Painting then begins, we have decided to apply the recommended two coats for quality of covering and rust protection, a third and final coat with non slip additive will be applied before we launch. At this time the deck fitting will all be in place, sanding and welding completed.
It is extremely motivating to see the progress as this first coat of paint is put down, it's amazing to see the visual difference on deck. The second coat will be put down the day after tomorrow allowing plenty of time for the paint to dry.
Log Entry - Sunday 25th April - We decide to move onto the upper deck and begin to prepare it for painting.
We had already removed most of the fittings from the deck as we were waiting to be lifted out - our trusty "Duct Tape" had kept the internals dry. We remove all of the stored items from the deck and store it to the stern (the back) of Sailaway and then remove all of the tape covering the resulting holes left by the removed fittings. We begin by attacking the rust and loose paintwork with what ever is needed, grinder, sanders and even a hammer in some of the worst areas?
The remaining fittings, rails and chimney for our diesel heating are removed, soon all the decks cleared and then finally prepared for painting. There is so much debris and dust it is too late in the day to paint so we leave that until tomorrow.
Log Entry - Saturday 24th April - As we work on the known issues, other "pop up!"
There is a known statement used widely in the boating world, "One job always turns into three!" We have a high degree of corrosion around both, port and starboard fuel filler caps, I start on the starboard side first. Once the cap assembly is removed the level of corrosion is clear, I had assumed it would need "plating" so suitable, pre-drilled plates are ready to go straight on. First I cut away the corrosion until good steel is evident and then prepare for the welding of the new plates. It's years since I last welded and even then I was not much good, well, practice makes perfect!
The interior area, including the diesel tank access is protected with a fire blanket, Ann is on fire watch, just in case.
All goes well, my first weld is far from "pretty" but I make progress, and for sure it is watertight. As far as "fire damage" damage from burning paint is the most we suffer. That's fine as both internal and external areas will receive at least three coats of good paint - this area will now out last us for sure, especially with the corrosion removed completely.
Once the area is dressed and cleaned up it does not look too bad, especially from a distance. The first coat of new paint really shows what can be achieved with a little hard work!
Log Entry - Thursday 22nd April - The showers do not look likely today, so we continue on the hull.
When in the yard, working probably 8-10 hours a day you forget what is around you - or rather you fail to appreciate it! A gull, with a fish too large to swallow, having to protect it against other scavengers, fellow gulls, or the feeding cormorants, drying off after their breakfast?
The hull work continues, unfortunately, we discover holes in our hull as we do so in a couple of areas. Nothing major as we were not taking in water before the lift out but work that needs to be undertaken by professionals. We mark off those areas and continue rubbing down and priming, we have asked the boatyard for a quotation - doubt if we will ever see that!
Log Entry - Wednesday 21st April - We continue with our work schedule in our new permanent home!
We had started on the hull again this morning then about 0900 we are told that we are being moved into a more permanent position. I asked what time, the reply was now, clearly that's "Sardinian now!" Eventually the guys turn up, start the travel hoist motor up and move us to a suitable position,
we begin work sanding back and priming the hull, tomorrow a further couple of days of showers, Ann takes the starboard front side and I continue down the port side.
We had set a target of beginning to prepare for painting around 1600 hours, that's what we do. We clean the dust off using our vacuum cleaning in reverse to blow off the dust, it seems to work quite well! Then we tape the area's off to clearly define as to where we have completed the rub down.
I must say, after standing back and gazing at what we have achieved today it feels quite rewarding, still lots more to do, around the weather of coarse!
Log Entry - Sunday 18th April - Well the forecast was not wrong, it forecast three days of rainfall, two passed, one left!
As they say here "when it rains, it rains!" fortunately for us all but the heaviest down pours dry up pretty quickly. We have had two days of working around the rain, yesterday we managed about three hours work in total, little more than that today.
We are still adjusting to dry land, climbing 3.5 meters up a ladder every time you need something, still it passes the time. We spend the rainy periods shopping for groceries and any other items we find we need, after all we are still settling in to the yard, the work and it's needs.
Our roles are focused on removing the anodes and all forms of remaining plant life, shell fish and plant growth that the power wash left behind. Slow work as we work by hand, we do not want to use sanding machines as they will expose further bare metal to the rain and atmosphere causing further bare patches to rust. If the forecast stays the same we will sand the remaining surfaces flat and get the first of two coats of epoxy paint onto the steel hull, fingers crossed! We will then move onto the next set of work as the hull will be prepped and ready.
Unfortunately I forgot to utilise the hood of my overalls the result being a blue shading to my hair, makes me look quite distinguished I believe!
Log Entry - Thursday 15th April - Eventually our lift-out, 8 weeks and 1 day after our arrival?
To Summarise: This period has been one of the most frustrating periods of our lives, especially the last five weeks in particular. Promise after promise of a lift-out, then a cancellation at the last moment, with a good excuse of coarse. It is clear now from their "lift-out procedure" there was never any real intension to lift us at all, the fact that they felt, we could be managed in this manor is a true insult of intelligence! We have seen boat after boat lifted and even relaunched, ourselves clearly at the end of the cue. Last week, clearly far over due, an almost "loss of control of emotion" was experienced by myself, a position mostly unknown to me. Unable to converse our displeasure in fluent Italian, it was done in writing, it seemed to receive attention, well here we are at last and we must now look forward. We were again pledged a lift on Monday, which failed to happen, the crane driver failed to turn in to work, eventually the Marina/Yard Manager stepping in to lift us today, why not Monday?
In latter weeks, unfortunately we took a couple of the early lift-out pledges as "real" running out of time, trying to save time in the yard, we stripped a lot of the deck fittings from the deck. Our biggest problem now is that for the last week three days of heavy rain has been forecast, it starts tomorrow - the grey duct tape indicates resulting holes in our deck where we now have great exposure to leaks?
It's approaching 0945 hours so we slip our lines and reverse out of our berth, we are to be in the lifting area at 1000 hours. Even the local cormorant cannot believe we are actually heading towards the cranes lifting area?
There is a sailboat being dropped back into the water, we can see the engine is running but guys are up and down from below deck, clearly checking something down below? In time all is good and the sailboat leaves and we take up position against the wall.
Although 15 minutes late to the dock, our lift is delayed a further 10 minutes or so as the skipper who's boat it is being launched brings the lifting crew cakes! I hope they do not expect the same from us? We take position on a nearby wall to watch and photograph the lift. I am called back on board to help the crew establish the position where the propeller shaft exits the hull as an incorrect position of the lifting straps can cause massive damage. It takes only a few minutes to take one of the crew down below, lift a floor panel and show him the exit point of the shaft relative to the windows. Off they go with positioning the straps, off I go to rejoin Ann on the wall.
We watch Sailaway being pulled back to the road and along to the boatyard, where while held in the slings Sailaway is power washed to remove any growth and a lot of the remaining anti-foul. Sailaway is left in the hydraulic travel unit, her cradle positioned below, I enquired as to where her resting place would be but I did not get an answer - perhaps it unknown? Still we settle in, run hoses to 20 liter containers draining our galley sink and shower. A high and dry, home from home!
The first night in the yard is interesting, we are the only ones in here, we are reminded about the dogs. They keep two dogs in a cage in the far corner of the yard, each night between the hours of 1830 - 1930 the two dogs are allowed to roam free - they are joined by the younger of the three dogs kept in the marina. To us it appears that almost for the full hour, the three dogs in hour yard, flex their muscles and bark at the two dogs in the next yard and vice versa?