Wednesday, 18 May 2011


We're discovering that one of the joys of having your own boat (as opposed to a share), is that you can have things just how you want them.

Of course buying second hand means that there are aspects of the boat that we wouldn't necessarily have chosen.  But now we have the freedom to change them.

So a number of projects have emerged, which we hope to carry out over the next few months -- assuming that we can resist the urge to go out boating.  Some are things picked up in the survey, others are purely our own wishes.  So, in no particular order, here are some of the things we plan to do:
  • Find new fittings for the side fenders.  Briar Rose has fender eyes on the gunwales, and the fenders hang on shackles most of which are rusted solid.  We're not fans of having fenders down while under way, so we intend to get carbine hooks that can be taken on and off.
  • Re-wiring the macerator loo.  Our surveyor noticed that the macerator doesn't have much oomph, and pointed out that the wiring looked very weedy which could be causing voltage drop.  The Vetus manual on board suggests using cables of 6mm minimum -- ours are nearer 1mm.  Having done some investigations, I'm confident of being able to run through some bigger cables, although whether I'll know what to do with them once I reach the fuse panel is more questionable!
  • Change the gas pigtails.  The survey pointed out that these date from the build in 2004, and should be replaced.  This is a job for a properly registered Gas Safe engineer.
  • Fit a radio.  Remarkably, there wasn't one on board, and this is not a situation that can continue: I'm afraid I need the Today programme in the morning, and the Radio 4 1800 in the evening.  There's already an ariel on the roof and a 12v power supply in the cupboard under the TV, so we've bought a car radio to install.  We've also bought speakers to go on the shelves.
  • Change the bathroom flooring.  It just needs updating.  Research suggests that the quickest and easiet thing will be vinyl floor tiles, laid directly onto the vinyl that's already there.
  • Painting the roof and the handrails.  This is perhaps the biggest job of them all.  The roof has some areas of rust which need treating and the handrails, which are red, have faded badly.  The roof is currently blue, which doesn't really go with the green and red colour sheme, so I'm favouring a change to Raddle Red.  The handrails we'll do in bright red.  It'll be quite a lot of work, what with all the preparation and the masking needed, but it should give the whole boat a lift.  While we're at it, we'll probably also do the gunwale tops, as they're also blue and would look better in black; the cratch board could also do with a coat of green.
  • Re-lining the rear hatch.  The wood is de-laminating and mouldy, so needs replacing.  It'll be an easier job if we can get the hatch off, but that might not be easy.
  • LED lighting.  Briar Rose currently has lots of 10 watt halogen lights, which use quite a lot of power.  That's fine while attached to the mains via a shore line, but not so good out cruising.  We bought some replacement LEDs as a trial last weekend, and we'll have a good look at Crick before deciding what to do.
Now all we need is to find some time to do all these things.


Simon said...

You'll be refitting a shell before you know it... ;-)

Do let me know if I can be of any help with electrics etc - you know how to find me ;-)

Naughty-Cal said...

We can thoroughly suggest getting LED replacement bulbs. They have vastly reduced our electricity consumption. We went for the bright light versions which go with the modern interior of our cruiser. Depending on your tatses though you may prefer the warm light versions.

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser said...

I am a fan of LEDs as well. I have bought on e-bay but all of those have failed. I have bought several from Ultra Leds which cost more but have performed much better. Today I would also look at baddie the pirate

Neil Corbett said...

We have been very pleased with our LED bulbs which are replacements for halogens. We got ours from Bedazzled, who I believe are exhibiting at Crick. They have built in surge protection and come in bright white or warm white. We bought warm for the saloon and bright for the galley and that seems to work well.

Look out for us at Crick. We'll be there - probably in the beer tent in the evening. We could walk over to herbie and demo the LED lights if it helps.


Naughty-Cal said...

We have a mixture of cheap LED bulbs and the more expensive ones with built in surge protection. The cheap ones are holding up better than we expected given the bad write ups they get. We got 6 10w equivalent G4's for £18.

Then we bought some more expensive ones for the cockpit. At £7 for a 10w blue bulb and £13 for a 25w white bulb. We were limited with these as they are festoon type bulbs.

We now intend to buy replacement bulbs for our navigation lights and anchor light.

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