Baybreeze is now out of the water and on the hard for the next three months. This will give her a chance to dry out a little so as to minimize osmotic blistering on the glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). Thankfully, to date, there is little evidence of it. Her diesel fuel tank has been filled to minimize water condensation and thus fuel contamination and her diesel engine has been winterized by draining both fresh and salt water coolants.
There are a few gouges and scratches on the gelcoat on the hull sides that could do with some repair work followed by wash-down and polish. The hard anti-foul at the boot-top* will be scraped down (with scrapings collected and disposed of as hazardous waste) and repainted. The soft anti-foul below it will then be sanded down with an electric random orbit sander (with vacuum extractor) and repainted with a couple of coats of new anti-foul paint. New zinc anodes will replace sacrificially depleted ones and a new aluminium anode fixed to the propeller shaft. I have been told that it is not unusual for the propeller shaft anode to last no more than six months! The feathering propeller will be greased and cleaned and the bow thruster checked and cleaned.
On the deck, the existing paint on the teak toe-rail will be removed and then repainted with International Woodskin which will highlight the teak and provide a much nicer finish. Much of the running rigging (ropes) will be removed and washed clean before replacing.
Needless to say, the list goes on… However, when the time comes for re-launch she should be in a lovely condition and in a much better state than a year ago when I first took ownership.
Over the past year, Baybreeze has logged a mere 700 nautical miles (and some 100 odd engine hours), largely because of preparatory work. This is still greater than the sea miles I have managed to log via courses and charter boat hire over the previous four years. But all this will change next year when much greater distances will be tackled, something as a sea-going vessel she is truly designed for. One plan is for an accompanied June trip to the Azores, then back to explore the south-west coast of Ireland before returning home. Other plans are being hatched…
*Boot-top: the strip on the hull that lies between the loaded and unloaded waterlines.