Week 3.

We arrived at the yard after a week of not really working on Kata Brava full of energy and to our surprise the gates were closed and on top of that the combination code had been changed so we were stuck outside the gates for a while. Luckily enough John the yard manager arrived and we soon found out that it was a public holiday ‘Presidents Day’ so the yard was closed but it did not stop us from advancing on Kata Brava.

IMG_1531We built a tent over the aft section on the boat as the weather for the week was due to be unstable.

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With more rain predicted for the end of the week and for the weekend we decided it would be good to try and weld the areas in the cockpit to limit further water entry into the boat.

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We cut out the porous metal around the cockpit drain holes and welded in new plates. Cockpit seats areas also got new metal and part of the cockpit coaming was changed too.

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We did a little  modification or improvement by getting rid of a storage compartment in the cockpit and gaining more headroom/space in the aft head.IMG_1532

On deck we cut away the flat bar going around the boat which was used for the teak deck limitation.

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This automatically improved and gave the deck a new feel of more space.    IMG_1550

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IMG_1578We also started unbolting the staysail tracks from the deck. This involves first clearing all the ceiling lining, getting rid of the insulation to reach the nuts, 60 of them.

All this in the confined space of the saloon cupboards, forward head and midship cabin, a long slow process.

 

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Before we knew it Friday was here and along with it the forecast of rain that was  predicted for the weekend. We got half a days worth of work before packing up. In all this week was kind of short but we progressed well.

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