The need to change insurers drove the requirement to have a Survey. Old mate Mike Elton is a tough Surveyor who states it like it is. He has surveyed 'Just Jo' twice and RW twice so he knows both me and the standard of work I am capable off and the boat.
|Unscheduled keel removal - mast in.|
|Likely the original 30 year old butyl mastic sealant|
|Original backing plates|
|The new SS 12mm backing plates|
|Epoxy pads ensured an even pull across the keel bolts.|
|My flash new keel bolts good for 30 years!|
Joe and his team at Mid Coast knew my agenda for the Solo Tasman. Joe is a gentleman and a former Olympian and Navigator for Sean Langman on his AAPT Open 66 and has raced all over the world. Joe understood the effort and cost (I was self funded) involved just to get to the start line of an international event.
|Prepping for splashback|
|New studs installed and set to length.|
|Rudder shaft O'Ring replaced|
To keep costs in check, I took another week off work to help strip the keel and rudder off the boat and prepare for the Mid Coast team to do the pre-installation inspection and install. I needed a second week of after hours work to refit the rudder and tidy up loose ends. I cannot thank them enough.
Result: Mike and Joe spoke, I listened, we agreed and I paid!
|Cast Iron keel with lead forefoot marked by the chalkline.|
The first Sigma 36 was quick but tender, so the lead was added for production.