The choice of Baltic Wharf Boatyard in Totnes worked out really well for us. The yard was once a major importer of timber from the Baltic and, in the 1980's, ships of up to 280ft in length somehow weaved their way up the meandering upper reaches of the River Dart to unload their cargo:
Our work-shed was once used for seasoning timber so it was spacious and well-ventilated but kept us sheltered from the hot sun and rain as we worked long hours to complete the process of replacing all the remaining deck fittings:
|Graham re-fitting the backstay chain plates|
|'Right, Di, just hold it steady while I apply the sealant'|
|David, owner of Baltic Wharf Repairs, completes the last job on his list - applying the new lettering. His team did an amazing job with the repaint - just look at the reflection in blue stripe|
The yard team of Steve, Fletcher and Steve, supported by Sue and Trish in the office, were really friendly and helpful and took a lot of care whenever they moved Maunie.
|The yellow trailer picks up the galvanised cradle without having to adjust the props on the boat|
|Heading down the yard to have the mast re-stepped|
|Fletch waits to receive the pushpit and solar panel arch|
|Refitting the mast - on-site riggers Lee and Des were there to do a professional job of tuning the tension on all the wires|
Though we did most of the work ourselves, there were certain jobs that we needed to hand over to the professionals. Once David and his team had completed the repaint and we had applied the Coppercoat, there was the job of removing the propeller shaft to replace the worn cutlass bearing. The snag was that it hadn't been removed for at least 10 years so wasn't at all keen to shift.
|The prop shaft connects into a flexible coupling in the centre of the photo (the back of the gearbox is to the right). Normally you undo about 8 bolts which compress a cone onto the shaft and then pull it out. Nah, not on Maunie!|
|Steve cutting the old bearing in the p-bracket|
|The mangled remains of the old bearing...|
|...and the new one fitted|
|We are trying a new 'magic' antifoul system called Silic One for the prop, aiming to keep the barnacles away|
|An unusual view of the keel|
Of course, the project isn't quite finished - there's still a fair amount to do down below, there's still some detailing and polishing of the upper decks to do and the mainsail needs to be brought back aboard but we are pretty much there. It has been a much harder project, both physically and emotionally, than we'd expected but it's really satisfying top know that we have given Maunie a new lease of life and that the nagging worry of leaky teak decks is now behind us.
We'd like to thank all the people at Baltic Wharf, plus Richard our deck expert, for all their support and I'd like to thank Dianne for all her hard work and for keeping me going when things got tough. Finally, a huge thanks to Graham from Dianne. Graham has worked with endless energy, enthusiasm, innovation and engineering expertise. The result? Maunie looks stunning and Dianne has new skills.
Time to go sailing!