May 2018 - Annapolis, USA - Page 2

9 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
We had a lazier, hatch-less day - I have to wait for 24 hours for the sealant to cure before I can continue.  Glenys removed all of our 15 curtains and soaked them in a bleach solution.  She then removed all of the hundreds of curtain hooks and slides and soaked then in a bleach solution as well.  Meanwhile, I kept out of the way catching up on a little admin.

Packing our possessions to ship home

Glenys also packed up a box which we’re going to ship back to the UK using a courier service called MyBaggage.com.  We were initially thinking of taking our belongings home in six cargo bags on the aircraft, but Icelandic Air charges as much as $150 per bag for excess baggage.  MyBaggage provides a door to door service and ship things to the UK for around $80-$100, so we’re giving that a try with one box of miscellaneous stuff.

In the afternoon, I emptied the anchor locker which was filthy after anchoring in muddy places along the east coast of the USA.   The chain is starting to show surface rust and I’m going to de-rust it when we’re on the hard, but for the time being, I placed it on the deck wrapped in a piece of plastic.  I’m hoping that this will prevent it getting too wet and keep the deck from staining.

I hosed down the anchor locker, but it still needs a good cleaning and some of the paint is flaking off, so it needs wire-brushing and painting with bilge paint - a job for another day.

10 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
We were back on the port-lights with a vengeance.  Our morning was spent carefully scraping the surplus new sealant from the last six port-lights.  I then inspected all of the rubber seals and decided that I would replace two of them.   One seal looked to be cracked and another one had old silicone sealant applied to seal a leak. 

I hadn’t noticed the silicone sealant when the hatches were still in place - it must have been done by the previous owner about ten years ago.  I pulled off the old seal, which was very easy because the seal is only held in place by a tiny 3mm wide L-section groove.  Unfortunately, this groove had sealant in it, so Glenys spent a boring 2 hours scraping it out with a razor blade, a small screwdriver and a bit of wire.  It took me 30 minutes to push the new seal in place.

Sticking port-lights back in the coachroof

The afternoon was sunny, so I took the opportunity to fit three of the opening port-lights back into the hull - only 8 to go.  At 18:00, it started to rain, so we tidied up and cracked open a cold beer.   After dark, the heavens opened with torrential rain and a couple of the holes in the coach-roof started to leak - one in the front heads, which wasn’t a problem and one over my armchair, which was dripping on my head. We’re hoping to get the rest of the hatches installed tomorrow, because there’s much more rain forecast over the next three days.  

11 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
After breakfast, I started to stick the port-lights back into the coach roof.  Meanwhile Glenys was cleaning up the screws that hold them in place and giving the frames a final clean before installation. It all went well and, by 16:00, we’d installed all but one, but then it started to rain.  Fortunately, it was only a passing shower and 20 minutes later, I was able to stick in the last port-hole. 

I’m really pleased with the job that we’ve done - all the opening port-lights look fabulous now and I know that they’re installed correctly.  I just have to finish off the fixed window in the back cabin, which needs a final seam of sealant and cleaning up. 

The weather is forecast to be persistent rain for the next two days and the wind will be coming from the north east, which is on our port aft quarter.  Rather than having the wind howling through the cockpit and down into our saloon, we put up the “tent”, which completely encloses the cockpit.  It’s the first time that we’ve used it for over five years.

12 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
It was a miserable rainy day, so being a Sunday, we declared a holiday and pottered about on board.  I caught up on administration and gathered together the information that we’ll need to present to the banks to obtain a mortgage when we get back to the UK.  I also started investigating drawing down my pension, which will be giving us income, which we need to qualify for a mortgage.

Glenys cooked a traditional Sunday Lunch and we spent the afternoon drinking a bottle of wine and watching a movie - a nice relaxing day. 

13 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
It was another grey start to the day and had been cold overnight, so I turned on the heater to remove the chill.  The rain hammered down last night and was a good test of the port-lights - I’m pleased to report that we have no leaks.  It rained on and off all day, so we did jobs down below.

I cleaned up the components for the steering wheel hub and decided to paint the hub body because it was looking shabby.  That simple process took a couple of hours because I had to set up a cardboard box as a little spray booth in the cockpit and then go to buy some white paint.  Meanwhile Glenys packed her shell collection in a cardboard box to ship home and then cleaned the bilges in the front cabin. 

Steering Wheel Hub

After lunch, I cleaned up the aft window and then applied the final bead of silicone sealant - nearly finished.  I then spent the rest of the afternoon inspecting the seacocks, cleaning them up and making sure that they turn.  I also removed 12 of the handles to clean them up and re-paint them.

We’ve received a quotation from one of the “detailing” companies for some polishing work.  The cost for polishing the hull up to the deck level is $900 and to polish the coach roof is $995 - it’s far too expensive here in the USA with people charging $120/hr even though they use cheap Mexican labour.  The cost of cleaning our 150 sq. ft. of carpet is an outrageous $285 - I can buy a carpet cleaning machine for $100…

In the evening, Mike and Karen from “Marie Louise” came for a few beers - they own a HR43 which is in the berth next to us.

14 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
It rained for most of the morning, so Glenys lurked down below going through some of the lockers to decide what we throw away; what we take to the UK and what we leave on the boat.  Meanwhile, I assembled the steering wheel hub and fitted it back in position.  It wasn’t too bad a job and I was done by lunch time.

By the afternoon, we had sunny intervals, so I borrowed one of the marina’s bikes and went to Free State Yachts to use Roger’s workshop, where I used his bench grinder to wire brush the sea cock handles.  Roger didn’t want me to spray paint the handles in his workshop, so I’ll have to wait for a calm day to paint them outside.  

Small repair to genoa

While I was there, Roger told me that he has a prospective buyer coming to view the boat on Monday 20th, so that changes the order that we do our jobs - we need to get the boat tidied up in six days’ time.

The courier from MyBaggage (DHL) was supposed to pick up our box of personal effects in the morning, but there was some confusion and he didn’t turn up until 1730, which was a nuisance for Glenys, who had to keep ringing them up all day.  It’s not an auspicious start to the process.

15 May 2019   Herrington Harbour North, Virginia
It was a blisteringly hot sunny day.  We took down the stay sail and the genoa.  While folding the genoa, Glenys noticed a small 4 inch length of stitching on a seam which was perished.  Unfortunately, we’ve sold our sewing machine, so she had to sit in the beating sun while she hand stitched. We pottered about in the morning doing deck jobs - soaking ropes; greasing the furling gear; and generally tidying up. 

In afternoon, Glenys started to wash the hull, but gave up after a couple of hours because it was so hot.  We’ve decided that it will be too much work to polish the hull ourselves, so Glenys will continue to wash the hull for the viewing and we’ll then pay $900 to have the hull polished professionally.  We can do the coach roof ourselves, so we’ll save $995.

I lurked in the shade ticking off a good number of small jobs from our list.  I scraped off the last of the sealant from the aft fixed window and we’ve finally finished the long job of replacing the lenses in the port-lights.  I reckon that we’ve spent 80 man-hours on the job.  I chatted to Mike on “Marie Louis” and he said that they paid $6,000 to have theirs replaced, so I feel good about having only spent $600 for materials.