Week 15. – Phase 2. – Lots of little things….

At this point, Week 15 4 years ago we were packing up Kata Brava and about to start on a new adventure.  A post will follow on that.  Funny thing is, is that its roughly at the same time of the year to.  So have a look back at what we were doing 4 years ago. https://nomadicadventures.net/2013/05/18/week-15/  So that makes 30 weeks of solid work so far.  Wow.  We still feel we have 8-12 more weeks before KB will be somewhat finished.  However we have been prioritising and sometimes you just have to take the plunge. So we will see how much more time we get on the hard in the weeks to come.  Another idea is to just get her in the water as soon as possible and take it from there.

Sadly we still haven’t done anything to the two heads and the aft cabin, but right now they are not priority.  As soon as Morgan is happy with the engine installation we will make some progress in the forward head so that we can at least have one bathroom functional.  That will nice as the forward section of the boat with the exception of the head is all ready and clean. Its almost live-able.  Oh yes we do need plumbing and electricity as well right, although we do have parafin lights fitted throughout the interior.  Well its a good thing we are working inside now.  Hopefully things will start to get done. 

So this week we basically finished up the exterior painting of the hull.  Morgan wanted to add the boot line and paint the gunnel white.  We figured being steel the gunnel will always require work, therefore white would be the easiest color to touch up on in the future.  So Monday we spent pretty much the entire day taping up KB and protecting the red hull. It was a little nerve wrecking putting tape over our three day old paint job but it needed to get done sooner rather than later as the weather forecast for the week was for the temperatures to sore. 

Once covered up, Morgan gave the gunnel and boot line area a light sand.  Whilst he did this I went on deck and lightly sanded the small areas that required a little more of the white top coat.  If you remember we did the white top coat markings first and then mapped out the non skid.  There was just a few trims and edges that required a little more of the white top coat touch ups.  It was 17:30 in the afternoon by the time we were ready to start painting.  Morgan rolled and tipped the first coat of top coat on the gunnel and boot line whilst I did the touch – up painting on deck.  Having a little left over top coat at the end of the day Morgan also gave the swim platform a light sand and another fresh coat.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon saw the second and third coat of top coat on the these areas.  Then Thursday morning we took of all the taping and plastic just before the temperature got up to mid 30’s with a sweltering hot wind.  Morgan had talked about his ideas of the gunnel and boot line coming together on the stern quarters previously, but it was great to see it in real life. The hull and deck painting is now officially completed.  Just in time to as this was most definitely the hottest and dustiest week we have had so far. 

With the hull completed we also put the swim platform in place.  I gave the stainless steel support rods a light wet sand and they are looking good.  We still need to get a wooden deck for it, but for now its where it will be.


Our swim platform in place.

Early in the week I also took apart 2 of the three big hatches again.  I removed the bonding compound that basically came of in my hands and was not at all adhered to the frame.  I then cleaned this up and lightly sanded the frames and then we added bonding compound again in place.  We left this for a few days before cleaning up the excess and putting the handles back on. 

Its quite frustrating as on Saturday it rained and luckily during the day whilst we were at the yard and we could see slight leaks here and there.  At least this time we could pin point exactly where it was coming from.  A loose screw here, or loose handle there. Its quite the process and Morgan reminded me that we are dealing with a slightly rounded deck and old hatches.  Although they have been powder coated and look like new these hatches that have been manipulated before so it is natural to take a little time to get it right as much as we would like it to have been perfect from the beginning.  We’ll get there.  For the third hatch frame we are thinking the base which is connected to the deck was probably distorted slightly from when we used that opening to raise the water tank out 4 years ago.  So that might need a little more work and straightening out before we bond the hatch again.  The Master Cabin big hatch is slightly different to the other three big hatches.  We will have to add a small trim to the wooden frame so will do this at a later date.  So far all of the small hatches are fine.  We are not going to install the two on the pilot house just yet as later down the line we will like to remove the teak of the pilot house roof and re-bond it.

There’s been tons of other things happening as well. The deck grates and cupboard hatches have been cleaned and re-installed. 

Morgan has been working on the companion way hatch.  The sides of the hatch had started to split, from being exposed in the elements so whenever it rained water would penetrate through.  So this week he took of the hatch and re-fibre glassed the area’s over.  Eventually we would like to make a new hatch and doors, but for now we will make the ones that we have more efficient.

You will remember a few weeks ago we had to open up the fuel tank to dispose of the nearly 200 gallons of old fuel.  Well this week we finally got around to cleaning out the fuel tank properly.  There was just the slightest bit of sludge and fuel at the bottom of the tank.  So Morgan got in there and used the shop vac to get the last out.  I then gave the fuel tank hatch a good clean up and removed the old existing seal and replaced it with a new rubber gasket that I made from the template.  Sounds like a simple job but it took the two of us a little while to get the gasket in place without losing it in the tank.  Whilst in the process of making gaskets i also did a few for the thro holes.     

I also got the stantions and lifelines back on board and in place this week along with the mast guard rails.  Its nice to see the deck nearly all back together again. 

Morgan has been installing various items in the cockpit as well, such as the stern locker vents and the throttle lever.  Everything is a slightly different shape to what was originally there so, templates/support plates and backing plates are being made to ensure we are closing up all of the holes. 

Lots of interior cleaning has been going on this week aswell.  Its good to get started on this.  We got the port ceiling back in place in the saloon this weekend.  This side was slightly different from the Starboard side so again this was a two person job as we needed to glue the frames in place first and then screw the slightly oversize panel back in place.  

I also got the panels back in the drinks cabinet.  Yep thats right there is a very nice drinks cabinet on board.  Funnily enough there was a old wasps nest in there also. 

When we bought KB, her thro holds and vents were all open and the boat was full of wasps nest.  It wasn’t too much of a problem initially as it was winter and therefore not that many wasps.  However once spring came so did the wasps and they were not happy that we had taken over their home. 

A few times this week we have wished we had a spare pair of hands, for helping with holding or lifting etc.  Always having to rely on one another makes the process just that tad slower.  However any additional hands would most probably be at a cost to us, so for now we will struggle on slowly. However there has been some big changes at the yard recently and a new owner has taken over since the beginning of the month.  Already there is such a positive change.  The old owner of the yard was a real character, luckily we didn’t have to deal with him much, but lets just say we are happy he is no longer in charge.  Everyone seems a lot happier and friendlier now and the yard has all of a sudden become more of a pleasant place to be. 

Any spare moment Morgan got this week he has spent in the Engine room.  There’s a lot to do in there, with all the remaining parts for the installation finally with us, and the exterior painting done he is finally getting to organize himself. 

This week he has been working on the engine alignment.  Its not easy doing it on his own or at best with the two of us.  Its a big engine to manipulate up and down or side to side to inline correctly with the shaft.  With things finally in place we also had to relocate the bar holding all of the wiring from it’s location to slightly higher so that the muffler could be in the right position for the exhaust.  Lots of other parts are being temporary placed in position like the fuel filters and seawater strainer’s etc. so that he can start thinking about where to mount or run connections. Three of the four engine room sea cocks is now in place. Its now starting to become a bit of a tight squeeze in there.

This weekend he also put our new battery bank in place.  Nothings connected yet but at least that eases up some of the space in the container.

Thats all for this week.


Week 14. – Phase 2. – All hands on deck.

This last week has been a bit of a slow one and we’ve stayed pretty much in the same areas as we did the week before.  Our mornings started of with our attention on the hull.

Monday – It was blowing like crazy with winds of 25-30 knots gusting higher.  So we lightly wet sanded the hull by hand with 220 grit sand paper.  This took us nearly 3 hours with the two of us going non stop.

Tuesday – No wind and calm so after a proper clean down and then wipe over we got the 3rd coat of top coat rolled out. 

Wednesday – We had a similar forecast with no wind and calm so after a wipe over again we got the 4th coat on. 

With the calmness unfortunately came the bugs and both days as we applied the paint they would go and stick to the hull.  Rather frustrating as once they were stock there wasn’t much we could do.

Thursday – Another full sand by hand this time using 400 grit wet sand paper to get a smoother finish.  Wow this was quite a process and took the both of us 6 hours to do.  A whole day of sanding and we were pretty exhausted.

Friday – Windy again, but with a pretty smooth hull we got her washed down and applied the 5th and hopefully final coat of top coat.  Its takes us exactly a hour and 20 minutes to apply the topcoat.  Once we start we can’t stop.  Rolling and tipping. 

Unfortunately on the final application there was quite a bit of dust in the air that consequently you can see on the hull however I think we have both decided that this is it. 

The pile of sand that was unloaded from the ship is still there in front of us and daily trucks are slowly taking it away, however it could be weeks before its all gone.  We figured in our currently location there will always be something that will prevent the perfect finish, to windy, to hot, to wet, to buggy or to dusty. 

Unless you inspect the hull up closely its is looking pretty good and shiny.  Its definitely not bad for a pair of amateurs like ourselves. The vivid red is a striking color and have come out even brighter with each application. 

This week one of the workers from the docks shouted to us and said its looking good and that we were doing a great job.  Its definitely nice to get compliments like that.

Unfortunately we’ve taken a slight step backwards this week also which is a little frustrating.  The three big hatches we installed last week all have a slight leak and it would appear that they don’t have sufficient bonding compound under the plexi.  So these will need to be done again. 

Our afternoons have been spent on the deck again.  We’re slowly getting all the deck hardware back in place, the windless, the chain lock, the winches, the cleats, the tracks, cockpit hatch hinges and the helm station rail.  Everything seems to take double the time it took to remove.  With the prep before and a clean up after the days are flying by.

With the deck tracks back on I have also started the process inside of putting back the ceilings in the Saloon, midship cabin and galley.  All of these areas are getting a good clean up in the process.

In between all of this Morgan has been putting the steering system back together.  Will have photos of this next week.

This week we also received our sail order from www.zoomsails.com.  Zoom Sails is owned and operated by our friends in Langkawi Malaysia Phil and Astrid.  We met Phil and Astrid last year whilst we were in that part of the world. Phil owned a sail loft in New Zealand for over 10 years. The sails are designed by Phil and manufactured in Sri Lanka.   So we now have a great sail package from ‘Zoom Sails’.


Our sails have arrived from Zoom Sails. 

Thats our week.  A bit slow but moving in the right direction.  Stay with us.


Week 13. – Phase 2. – Vivid Red.

This week is going to be short as we have concentrated our efforts in three areas, well perhaps four.  However there’s lots of photos to show you whats been happening.

Monday was a complete wash out….literally as we had quite strong rain here in Charleston.  The saying ‘it never rains unless its pours’ seems definitely true for this part as we even had flood warnings.  So we didn’t have a productive day physically, instead we ran around trying to get some paper work sorted.  We are currently looking at registering Kata Brava in St Helena.  Whether it will happen we will see, but its a lot of paper work that the British Registry requires, so we’ve spent a fair amount of time this week trying to get on top of this. 

The deck – We continued our efforts this week on the deck.  After Mondays down pour we could finally concentrate on the remaining of the taping up and plastic protection as we prepped to get the non skid areas done.  The tape had held up during the down pour, however the area’s of white needed to be protected with plastic.  By the end of Tuesday afternoon we applied our first fresh coat of primer to the areas that will be non skid. 

After a complete wipe down on Wednesday the first top coat was applied and immediately as we did this Morgan also sprinkled a layer of non skid particles over the paint. 

The following day I gave the deck a light sweep to get rid of any of the loose particles and then a second coat of top coat was applied on top of this.  We mixed the shade of grey ourselves using a white and black interlux perfection paint.  So the deck has changed Colors three times this week, from a dark grey primer, to a white top coat and then finally the finished product, grey. 

We waited two days before removing all of the tape and protection.  This weekend our deck was revealed and its looking very nice.  We are super please with the outcome.  All those hours of taping up has definitely paid of and the rounded edges gives a great finish.

Hatches – With all the painting happening this week, there was a few days where we ended up coming home early, and when I say early I mean by 6pm or just after as appose to the normal 8pm or later.  As there wasn’t much we could do with fresh paint everywhere, we wanted to get the hatches finished.  You might say we are spending a lot of time on the hatches but its honestly amazing how much time it takes to assemble them all.  Once we had bonded the plexi in the frames all the parts had to be fitted.  You would never believe how many parts there is to a hatch, so if you don’t need to, don’t take them apart.

However its all been worth it as with the deck completed this weekend we started to install the hatches.  Wow what a change it makes.  All of a sudden Kata Brava is looking like a yacht again and no longer like a project.  For sure there is still tons to do however its made a significant difference.  Its great to walk in the boat and have day light streaming in as appose to having to remove the wooden fibre glasses covers we had made.  By the end of the weekend we had installed seven out of the eleven hatches.  I also gave the dorade boxes a final coat of top coat and got them back on deck as well.  Our existing cowl’s are a little weather beaten so we’re look at getting new ones over the next few weeks.  Its coming together and its looking great.

The hull – Mid week we decided to take the plunge and after a good wipe down we applied the first coat of top coat on the hull.  We used the rolling and tipping method to apply it. It was a little stressful and it took a while before we could find the rhythm on our nicely sanded smooth hull.  Coupled with the heat and slight breeze we had, the first coat was not easy.  As soon as we did it, I was slightly gutted as the colors of the filler and different shades of paint beneath showed up quite well under the top coat.  Morgan reassured me that with coats this wouldn’t be a problem.  So the following day after a light sand and a wipe down we applied the second coat.  Hmmmm again the colors was still quite prominent. After a sleepless night and a slight confrontation we agreed we needed the hull to be uniformed.  So we lightly sanded the second coat of top coat and then applied a coat of primer again.  So we were back to full grey and back to square one. 


Back to primer and back to square one.

Its funny how the difference in color changes the way we saw Kata Brava.  Grey gave her such a cold feel, where as her new color makes her seem more alive.

This weekend we lightly sanded the primer and started again.  We got two coats of top coat on.  We will probably need to apply a few more coats before its finished but we are happy with the color.  We are finally getting a technique to apply it, its not all easy out in the yard battling the sun, wind, dust and bugs but we’re hoping that by the 4th coat it will be looking good.  Its not as smooth or as shiny as the original coat, and we’re guessing that this is because of the grey primer and less sanding in between, however we’ll get there.  Kata Brave is now a beautiful vivid red 🙂


Week 12. – Phase 2. – Another tedious one.

This week has been tough and tedious.  The ship that had arrived on Sunday was in until Friday morning.  From the time they arrived up until they departed it was a flurry of activity with 4 trucks constantly running from the ship to directly in front of us and dumping their cargo.  It looked like sand, but after the third day I managed to ask one of the workers what it was and he informed me it was a material to make cement.  Anyway they made an impressive mound of (sand like)material directly in front of KB.  Any hopes of doing any painting was pushed to the side. No way would we even consider it with the dust that surrounded us.  Now its slowly being trucked away but from what I understood this could take weeks to happen.  Just great. 

I don’t think one could ever imagine how much work it is to get a hull looking smooth and ready for painting.  Its been another tedious long week where Morgan has spent a good chunk of the days sanding down the hull, gunnel and transom.  Just when he thinks he’s nearly there an imperfection pops up or he sands to hard to the metal.  Then he has to apply primer and or filler to the area and start the process again.  This week he also gave in and used Awlquik which is a quick drying, medium build (slightly thicker), easy sanding, two component epoxy primer/surfacer on the main areas he was concerned with. He had been avoiding using Awlquik and was only trying to use the 545 primer in order to skip a step.  It didn’t help that mid week we had a few days of thunderstorms.  Frustrations were growing.  We had already spent a week or so more than we had anticipated doing this job. 



Lots of time spent on the hull again this week.

Finally by the weekend he was happy with the results. I had a look around the hull today and she’s as smooth as she will ever be.  Today Sunday would have been the perfect day for a coat of top coat, however, the forecast for the next twenty four hours or more is for thunderstorms yet again.   We will just have to be patient and trust that the perfect day will come.

With the rain came the process of closing up all the holes on deck and the openings that we had purposely made for the painting process the week before.  Another long job but we figure it was best to cover everything with plastic and tape to avoid getting any water in the boat.  So far it seems to have worked. 

In between working on the hull, transom and gunnel Morgan has also been sanding down the polls and the platform.  By the end of the week three coats of top coat was applied and they are looking great.   The cockpit locker hatches and trims have also been lightly sanded and a few topcoats applied.  These items are now completed.  Its good to finally put some ticks in the box.

Whilst he spent time on this I cleaned the stantions and mast guard rails.  These had been plastered with old paint, filler and our recent paint, plus grinding grit.  So with them of the boat I decided to give these a good clean.  Scraping the paint and filler off them and lightly wet sanding them down with various very super fine grades of sandpaper.  Its made quite a significant difference.  I also tackled the port lights in the same way.  These hadn’t been cleaned for years, so I gave them a good wash, and light sand also.  Everything is now nice and shiny.

One afternoon we had to finish early due to thunderstorms so we came home and decided to tackle the hatches that we had bought home with us a few weeks back.  These required assembling.  Now you might think thats pretty straight forward, and once you get the technique it is.  However once again its a fairly long and tedious process of preparation.  We focus our efforts first on the smaller hatches.  We have seven of them.  We started the process at 5:30 in the afternoon and finally only finished after midnight and that was only bonding the plexy into the hatch frame.  We still have to complete the seal on the top of the hatch.  I will let the pictures tell the process.

Well that taught us not to start a job like that in the evening, so during the week I stayed home a full day and prepped the small hatches for the top seal and also prepped three out of four big hatches for bonding. 

At the end of the week with the ships work finish and less dust being uprooted I gave the interior of Kata Brava a good clean and Morgan also gave her a well deserved pressure wash down.  The week before we had all the hatch openings open whilst we had primed, sanded, cleaned and then top coated.  So inside was a thin layer of sanding dust everywhere.  The deck was literally brown from the dust that we had been engulfed in all week. 

With everything nice and clean we moved back on deck once more and started to map out the areas that we will be applying the non skid, or more specifically taping up the areas that will remain white that we had marked out last week.  Wow what a process. 

In order to make it look good we have rounded all the edges.  The two of us together have spent about two full days doing this.  Monday is suppose to be a wash out with weather, but we figured at least the deck will be nearly ready for when the weather is good again. 

Fingers cross for a good week a head.


Week 11. – Phase 2. – All hands on deck.

This week its been all about the deck.  We pretty much haven’t even been inside Kata Brava.  You might be wondering why we are spending all our time outside when there is so much to do inside as well.  Well the simple answer to that is that the weather is almost perfect at the moment. 


Weather forecast.


We have noticed the last few weeks have been warmer and warmer with pretty much no cold days.  It would seem that Winter is definitely behind us.  However we’ve skipped Spring at the moment and gone straight to Summer.  So we are taking advantage of this good weather window.  There’s also very little to no wind at the moment and very few bugs.  One thing we noticed a few weeks back when we had a few calm days was that the local nats, which is like a very small fly came out in force.  Not only do they come out in a abundance and could potentially stick to wet paint, they also bite like crazy.  Think of a tiny mosquito on steroids, this little bug as tiny as it might be make grown men dance.  So we’re getting in as much external painting done as we can before it gets too hot.

All our days this week have started off with a wipe down of the deck.  With the high temperatures during the day and the approximate 10 degree drop at night by morning the deck is wet with dew.

Monday – Morgan finished of priming the forward section of the deck with grey primer.  We’re currently mapping out the area’s that will be painted and the areas that will be non skid. He had ran out of primer the night before.  Whilst he did this I started preparing the hatch openings for painting, removing the rubber seals we had installed 4 years ago, and scraping and sanding down the rim.  We also removed all of the temporary wood and port light openings in preparation for painting and the cockpit locker hatches and trims.  All the stantion’s and mast guard rails were removed as well.  So the deck was completely cleared.  That afternoon we primed the cockpit area and around the hatches.


He also started filling the areas around the hull, transom and waterline that showed any imperfections.  With the complete grey primer the few imperfections that there was is showing up better.  So our nice looking grey hull took on a few spots of pink again.


Sealing the holding tank. 

Tuesday – Whilst we waited for the deck to dry of properly after wipe down, I cleaned and then wash primed the cockpit locker hatches and trims.  Whilst I did this Morgan started to fiberglass the surrounding of the holding tank. Although we had poured expanding foam in between the tank and the keel walls in order to close any gaps and prevent water from sitting in the bottom of the pit it was now time to seal the tank in place. So Morgan fiberglassed over the foam to ensure that it stays sealed.  Its looking good.  We will have pics of this in a later post.


That afternoon we gave the complete deck non non-skid area’s a second coat of white primer.  To give you an idea of the time frame for this job, this took the two of us over 5 hours to complete, priming pretty much non stop.


Wednesday – I hated Wednesday.  Just when I think the big sanding is done, Morgan tells me we now have to lightly sand all the areas we have primed the days before by hand.  Oh boy.  That really was a long hot hard day of sanding.  It took us all day to do, and then over an hour or more to sweep up the sanding dust and then wipe down the entire deck.  You don’t realize the size of the deck until you have to do a job like this.

At the end of the afternoon we primed the cockpit locker hatches and trims and stern poles.


Thursday – Another wipe down of the deck, then a sweep, followed by another wipe down with solvent.  Two hours after starting this process we started applying the white top coat on the marked areas from the bow working our way back.  We had to work closely together in order to get a nice finish.  So I applied the initial paint under the rims of the gunnel and over the areas with a roller and paint brush and Morgan followed behind me brushing out the areas with a paint brush.  So basically using the rolling and tipping method.

We ran out of top coat by the Pilot house two hours later just in time for when the deck was getting unbearably hot.  We were bare foot at this stage as the ground surrounding the boat is covered in small grit, stones and a fine black sand blasting dust, so we didn’t want to get any of that on our deck.

Whilst we waited for the sun to drop a bit I started cleaning the port lights that are completely plastered in a silicone base product and Morgan drove around getting our deck bolt order in.  That afternoon we completed the rest of the deck, pilot house and cockpit with top coat.  Again it took us both working together just over 3 hours.  So another five hours in total to complete the entire area.  However its looking great. 

Another little pest that’s come with the warmer weather here is the small clover mites.  They are tiny red bugs that are completely harmless to humans and materials, however they are everywhere.  Try applying white paint when you have little red bugs everywhere.

Friday – After the usual wipe down of the deck, Morgan gave the pilot house a light sand and then a wipe down with solvent. 

Then we repeated the process with a second coat of top coat on the entire deck.  This time we were quicker and managed to complete the entire deck, pilot house and cockpit in just over 4 hours.  Again working together using the rolling and tipping method. 


There was a few tears in the cockpit that we missed the night before from the fading light as we finished just before 8pm. However overall we were happy with the outcome.  Its hard to see on the photos the results but we are happy with it.  Its not bad for amateurs like us.   It was a good practice run for when we do the hulls.

Morgan spent the entire weekend lightly sanding down the hulls again and priming and filling the areas of imperfections.  Its a long and tedious process that we hope will soon end.  Its crazy cause these two photos doesn’t do justice for the amount of hours he has worked on this.  Once again our nice looking hull is spotty again.

Morgan’s pretty much been working seven days a week for the last seven weeks.  I normally work six days and spend my seventh day, mainly a sunday catching up on the cleaning, laundry and cooking for the week.  Our days are long and we have been finishing work at the yard anything from 7-8pm at night.  So on Sundays I make a few big meals so that through the week we can come home, shower and just eat before fatigue hits us and we go to bed and start over again.  Its going to be all worth it in the end right?

Just when we think we can push on with more painting in this week to come a ship arrives in port today Sunday and theres a flurry of activity directly in front of us.  Trucks and trucks of sand are being dumped in that area meters away from KB’s bow. $#@^&*!&*# 😦  We are really in the crappiest location possible.

Our parts are coming in fast now.  We’re getting as much in as possible.  Our entire electronic package, battery bank and even our staysail furler which will be replacing our current hank on set up.  This week we also got our shaft lock from Shaft Lok Inc.  In our package was a little gift for Morgan.

Its moments like these that makes us smile.  Thank you to all those that have been helping us get in what we need in a timely manner and with great discounts all the way from Malaysia 😉 Its good to have friends in the right places.   A full list of suppliers will be provided in a later post.

For those of you that are following us by email, do take the moment to check out our site. The layout you see in the email differ’s slightly than our actual blog.

So thats it for now, keep your fingers cross for us for a good week ahead.


Week 10. – Phase 2. – Changing colours.

Wow what a week it has been.  If I thought last week was repetitive, then this week has been even more so.  However the difference is that this week I can actually see what all that fairing, sanding and priming was for.  Finally I am seeing results and Kata Brava is taking shape.

Morgan has spent hours and hours this week fairing, sanding and priming the entire exterior of Kata Brava.  From the hull’s to the gunnels, to the waterline and the transom.  He has done it all repeatedly.  Its like an obsession, but I am now also starting to get in on it. 

Whilst he did this i finished of the bilges and aft Starboard cabin.  Giving the areas a coat of primer following a day later with a grey top coat.  All these area’s are now looking clean and shiny.  Completed for the painting.

We finally also got the proper paint for our aluminium plates and brackets belonging to the refrigeration unit.  So I gave all these parts a quick clean again and started the process of first wash priming, priming and then top coating.   The actual unit parts was spray painted a metallic blue.  Now we just need to fix this puzzle back together again and hope it all works. 

When ever there was a spare moment we tackled the Pilot house and Pedestal, sanding them both down.  The paint on these were applied thick and probably the original so it was pretty tough getting of.  We spent full days plus some sanding these areas down to a smooth finish.  Once we were happy with it we applied wash primer to the areas of bare stainless and then a coat of primer.  The Pilot House and Pedestal on Kata Brava is made out of stainless steel.

Mid week we had a severe weather warning and tornado watch so we spent a little time getting Kata Brava secured with all her wooden hatch’s batten down and covered ready for the extensive rain forecasted.  Luckily all went well. This wet night was followed with two days of quite strong winds, making it a little more challenging to sand and paint.  However we pushed on.

When we purchased Kata Brava her fuel tanks were over half full with fuel.  This fuel is now at least over 10 years old.  So on Friday we got a company come to Kata Brava to remove this.  The last thing we needed for our new engine was old fuel, so as much as it made us cringe to know we were getting rid of this fuel, it had to be done.  Nearly 200 gallons or 800 litres were pumped out of the tank.

In readiness for getting the deck hardware re-installed, Morgan gave the tracks a little cleaning with the wire wheel.  We had tried to find new tracks, but this is proving very difficult right now.  So we will make do with the ones we have until new ones are found. With the tracks cleaned I applied a coat of wash primer to them.

We’re getting closer on the exterior.  Lots and lots of painting happening right now. Morgan started the priming of the deck this weekend also.

Over the weekend after more sanding and lots of prep Morgan applied two coats of primer to Kata Brava’s hull and transom.  Wow what a new look.  It was hard for him to see the imperfections with the blue and white so now with everything grey it will make the final touches easier.  

 She’s taking on a new look for sure. What do you think??


Week 9. – Phase 2. – Fairing, sanding, priming….Repeat.

This weeks update is going to be short as we’ve done a lot of repetitive work.  However Morgan keeps telling me that this is what needs to be done to do things properly.  I really think working on other peoples yachts have made him a bit of a perfectionist. I just want to get Kata Brava painted and looking half decent again. 

Our week started of with a visit from a local surveyor.  We are currently looking into the possibility of getting KB registered under the UK registry, specifically St Helena Island where I am from.  However its not quite as straight forward as one might think and there is a fair amount of documentation required.  One such document being a ‘Tonnage Survey Certificate’.  However there doesn’t appear to be any local surveyors around who are qualified to provide this certificate. So with the help of a retired UK surveyor friend we got a local surveyor here to do the required measurements under the instructions of another UK surveyor.  The UK surveyor will them provide the Tonnage survey certificate.  Hmmmmm I told you it was a bit complicated.

Morgan’s been tinkering with the engine all week.  The spacers are now in place, just awaiting the required bolt order to arrive.  He’s also waiting on the muffler, gear and throttle control cables and various other items to complete this puzzle.

Monday afternoon we finished of sanding the rest of the port hull.  Wow this was a tough one and probably the hardest section we have sanded. Either that or our arms are getting tired from all the hull sanding.  So now the entire boat topsides are sanded down.  This time i kept all the used sanding disc’s and yep this side we used exactly 70.  We do look a sight after these sessions for sure.

Whilst Morgan continuously worked on the gunnel and topsides I started checking the bilges.  The area’s that were spotless I gave a coat of top coat grey paint.  However there was one or two spots that needed a little extra attention.  In order to eliminate any problems further down the line, any areas showing the slightest signs of rust through the primer was chipped back, cleaned and ospho applied. 


Top coating sections of the bilge.

There was a section of the bilge under the galley area that wasn’t at all accessible previously.  So we made the decision to cut out a piece of the cabinetry under the ice machine to access this area.  We then awkwardly chipped, wire wheeled and cleaned this area and applied ospho. Ospho is a rust inhibitor coating.  We left this for a few days to dry out properly. 

Mid week we also took the measurements for our sail order.  Although we had Kata Brava’s old sail measurements, the sail maker required rig measurements as well.  So this process has started.

Thursday we had an unexpected day of non stop rain.  Initially the forecast showed a few light showers in the morning which was perfect as we wanted to pressure wash the deck and top sides to rid the boat of all the blue paint dust.  However it didn’t let up.  In between showers we took the measurements for the waterline.  Basically measuring the waterline to the gunnel from various points on each side of the hull. 


Having tea whilst pouring the last of the foam into the holding tank pit.

Having to work inside, Morgan finished of filling the holding tank pit with the last of the liquid foam.  We had to order an additional batch to fill the last of the forward section.

He spent the rest of the day in the engine room whilst I gave the aft stbd cabin and head a good clean out once again.  Unfortunately the week before in the aft cabin when removing some of the wooden frames from around the port lights we found a rusted spot that broke through into the cockpit. Jimmy spot welded this area before he left.  With any welding inside, there is always a trail of dust.

Whilst Morgan continuously faired, sanded and primed the gunnel and the hulls throughout the week I spent two days giving the entire deck a light sand.  Any spots that went through to the metal was then cleaned and primed. 

Lastly this week the transom and stern poles were sanded and primed once again. 

Its been a bit of a boring and repetitive week.  Lots and lots of fairing, sanding and priming.  Fingers cross we will move on from this stage soon. 

But here she is almost ready to take on a new look.

Stay with us.