Varnishing and planning purchases

Usually at this time of the year we have already removed the winter cover and started cleaning and polishing the topsides. However, this spring has been very cold so all this has been postponed until the days get a bit warmer. We have plenty of things to do at the boat, so this means that we have to probably postpone the date that S/Y Dolphin Dance is launched by couple of weeks. We had initially planned to launch in the end of April, but now the mid-May seems more probable. So it is still one and a half long months till the sailing season starts.

However, there are plenty of things that one can do if the weather does not permit working outside. First and foremost, we have been varnishing the tiller and mattress boards. Tiller has already got five layers, but it needs still a couple of more layers and then it will be ready.

Now it also a good time to make a list of items that need to be purchased. One of the biggest investments for the coming season is a new compressor for fridge to replace the original one that quit working last summer.

When going through the catalogues of different maritime stores, one often comes up with interesting products.  One that we found quite rational is a folding bucket to solve the problem of storing buckets onboard.

Product photos


  1. I read your blog with much interest. I recently purchased a 1987 HR29. Unfortunately the fridge like yours is not working. Did you replace just the compressor and cooling unit or the evaporator plate as well?

  2. Hi, the cooling kit arrived just a couple of days ago, so it is not installed yet. The kit includes also the evaporator plate so the plan is to replace that as well. The Waeco compressor is much smaller than the original one, so it should be quite easy to install. However, I have not compared the dimensions of the old and new evaporator, so I hope that the new one will fit into the fridge. Will make a blog post after it is installed, but it may take a month or so.

    1. Hi, My name's Chris by the way. Nice getting new bits isn't it. I've installed a Waeco before in another boat and have to say found it very easy. The one in my HR is also a Waeco but I have heard it's not recommended to use an old plate so looks like it's a complete replacement. At least I know mine will fit. I assume your cool box is the same size as mine, if so your evaporator plate should fit. I am under taking a fairly extensive refit at the moment (long story) so the fridge may have to wait a little while yet.
      I'll keep a look out for your post.

    2. Hi Chris, thanks for the information! We are also planning to do a major refit during the next winter lay-up. It would be interesting to hear more about your project, so please feel free to contact us on sydolphindance(a)


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