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Old 22 March 2020, 14:56   #1
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So if you can't get our on the water......

Ooops mistakenly posted this on rhysclark91's post sorry....may be free from Covid19, but Alzheimers might be setting in

I guess most of us are frustrated by not being able to sensibly get out on the water, at present so what can be done the meantime ?
Luckily my boat's still on the drive.
Trailer was redone last season, lighting board & trailer wiring in Jan
so far:
Washed and checked lines & warps - redoing whippings. heat seals etc
Renewed the lines on the fenders
Emptied pods / console & checked all safety equipment
Fabricated a hood for the chart platter to protect from sun galre
Done some work to make the cover easier to secure

Next:
Extra clean of tubes & application of tube protector
Scrub all those hard to reach nooks and crannies (on the boat!)
Get to grips with more advanced chartplotter functions
Refresh navigation / passage planning

What other boat related jobs / learning are others doing to fill the time?
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Old 22 March 2020, 16:04   #2
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I did manage to launch mine today as it's close by, and am working from home close to it for the next week, so hoping to actually be able to use it!

But I hope to spend some lunch breaks giving it a very good clean, especially the non-slip deck (which seems to grip the dirt as well as it grips me...) and all the hard to get at areas of the engine bay.

I also need to try and get a new tyre fitted on the trailer if that's possible in the current climate, as I suddenly noticed one seems to have quite a gash in the sidewall.
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Old 22 March 2020, 17:43   #3
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Got a 36 year old I think 3.3 Mercury I'm doing up Aux for the SIB
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Old 23 March 2020, 15:27   #4
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I picked up some Star Brite Non-Skid deck cleaner today, which the little chandlery at the sailing club recommended as one of the few products that does actually seem to work properly on non-skid decks.

I've only used a tiny bit so far and spent ~10-15 mins with a brush, but it certainly seems to be lifting the dirt that was heavily ingrained in the non-skid finish on the deck.

I shall keep going and try and give the whole deck a thorough clean if we're still allowed to be outside after tonight. All the recent threads on here have inspired me to try and have a really clean RIB for a change!
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Old 23 March 2020, 16:14   #5
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Well I think I have the vital supplies for the next 3-weeks or so....not sure which will run out first ....well maybe I am
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Old 24 March 2020, 21:59   #6
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I'm in Plymouth Dry Dtack and they're now in lockdown. Can't even get the boat down to clean her.
Very glad that I got out for a decent spin last Sunday.
Lets hope this Covid19 situation starts to get better before too long. ��
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I'm in Plymouth Dry Dtack and they're now in lockdown. Can't even get the boat down to clean her.
Very glad that I got out for a decent spin last Sunday.
Lets hope this Covid19 situation starts to get better before too long. ��
Crazy times

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A mate sails from E Cowes marina, they've emailed him and he's been told to stay away and 'self isolation' on your boat is not allowed

Keep safe
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Old 27 March 2020, 07:31   #8
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Just moved my rib 2 weeks ago from winter storage to dry stack in Dartmouth, which has now closed down.

Wont be doing anything for the foreseeable future on the boat now. On the plus side, it will be a cheaper boating year!!
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Old 27 March 2020, 11:58   #9
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At home driving me bonkers...
Cut the grass, didn't need doing, washed the patio ditto, cleaned the black bin, that did.... washed the windows, cleaned the car inside and out and even did the kids car....that definitely needed doing...

So as boat sitting on drive, was inevitably next...

Finished that and had some black cotton ripcord lying about, so started to play around.....wrapped it around the stainless steel console grab handle....

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OK not perfect, but I quite like the black look and the soft to the touch feel. Probably fall off when eventually out on the water, with the end flailing about slapping me in the face.....
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Old 27 March 2020, 13:58   #10
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I quite like that idea. Good for grip, and a bit warmer on the hands.


A good way of doing it so it doesn't unravel is a hitching.

  • French whipping is just lots of half hitches made in the same direction — you get a ridge that spirals its way along the rail.
  • Ringbolt hitching — cockscombing — is with half hitches made in opposite directions, and that gives you a straight ridge that you can position on the outer edge of the curve.
  • And for grip, there's Moku hitching, which is like two French whippings in opposite directions — start in the middle of the rope with a clove hitch or a constrictor know, then hitch one end to the left, then the other to the right and repeat; you get two helical ridges that cross over in diamond shapes along the rail.

The advantages being extra grip and no flailing face-slappy end to worry about .
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Yam 20hp with dodgy oil lever sensor

Honda 15hp that drops a cylinder for unknown reason

Mariner 4hp needs a coil

Yamaha f6 needs a new leg

Buy some toilet roll.
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SKY & BT SPORTS TV SUBSCRIPTIONS

Not the most important thing at the moment , but you can now " Pause " your Sky subscription .

BT give you about three options , including donating your " credit " to an NHS Charity .

I enquired weeks ago but was fobbed off , They seem to be keeping quite a low profile on advertising the current options .

Check 'em out on-line........
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Old 28 March 2020, 09:02   #13
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At home driving me bonkers...
Cut the grass, didn't need doing, washed the patio ditto, cleaned the black bin, that did.... washed the windows, cleaned the car inside and out and even did the kids car....that definitely needed doing...
Yes, there are still jobs around the house & garden that "need" to be done I'm just not THAT bored yet.

Having cleaned the tubes and applied a nice protecitve shiny coat of Hypertec I think I'll prioritise polishing the stainless - backrests & A-frame before some of the domestic jobs

Did promise to wash Mrs T's car if she sorts out its interior, maybe 50% of the comined task will get completed
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