May 6, 2013

Maintenance update: When shall she be floating again?

Two years ago, Dolphin Dance was already floating in the beginning of May. Last year, she was launched on the 1st of June and this year we are aiming at somewhere in between. At the moment this schedule seems realistic.

The most time-consuming part has been fixing and replacing the teak deck caulking. Basically the whole deck is now checked and all the susceptible caulking has been either removed or dealt with Capt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure (See our older blog post on this). I also injected some epoxy under the teak deck to fill up empty spaces, where water could be pooling. Removing and cleaning the old caulking is incredibly time-consuming, but filling the seams is on the other hand pretty straight-forward job.

During the countless hours of kneeling on the deck, I have wondered the whole rationale behind having a wooden deck in a fiberglass boat. Well, hopefully the coming years will be easier in this respect, since after all, teak deck is almost maintenance free, if it is kept in good condition. On the other hand, I like the looks of a silver grey deck, and hopefully walking on a warm wooden deck on a nice sunny day will make it worth the effort.

The propellor is now removed, since zinc anode needed to be changed. Also all the cockpit locker lids are now removed, since they need to have new seals. More about this later.

How about you, when are you planning to launch or have you already?
/Antti & Minna


A work camp? Hopefully, also a sailboat in a couple of week's time. 

Removing propellor (2-blade Radice)

Injecting epoxy 

Applying new caulking 

Removing old glue and dirt from the locker lids


Quite a few boats already launched. And the number is increasing day by day.


10 comments:

  1. If all goes well, our boat should be launched on Friday. Yay! Our spring maintenance this year is very easy, basically just checking a few things and waxing. So I'm quite confident the launch will actually happen as planned. I think it might be the earliest launch ever for us. Sunday and Monday we intend to be sailing. Double yay!

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    1. I wish, that our spring maintenance would be as easy as yours. Well, maybe next year. Wish you sunny days and fair winds for the beginning of the next week!

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  2. Launch date 19 May. Still have to paint antifouling and apply wax etc. Otherwise all bigger engine manteinance, electrical works renewing etc -small time consuming things done. It´s just great to fix on the 'old' boat (1987) and see how it transforms to a more comfortable and shining lady! :)
    -Peter, Espoo

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    1. We have a pretty similar launch schedule. DD's bottom needs still 5 layers of barrier coating, 2 layers of antifouling and the topsides the final layer of (hard) wax so these are busy times. I agree that fixing an old boat, although stressful and time-consuming at times, gives satisfaction, when you know, that the each year the boat will be in better condition than before.

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  3. Our boat has been in teh water this winter. Will only take it up this autum. Now I need to clean the mast and put in on deck. Have you used terpentin oil on your mast?

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    1. I oiled the mast two years ago with paraffin oil. Maybe do the same thing this year?

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    2. Is the paraffin drying or is it wet and oily.. I am afraid it will dirty the sails. I have never used paraffin oil.

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    3. Selden recommends coating aluminium sections on the rig in paraffin oil, yacth polish or wax. I do not remember testing how dry or oily the mast was afterwards, but I guess that the risk for sails is quite small. After all, they do not have too much contact with the mast.

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  4. Aah. I'm envious as ever for your work conditions as I've been struggling a month or so with car cabin heaters in order to be able to laminate. Now the new bulkhead is in place and the engine is installed, but there's still a lot to do: some painting, sound insulation, mast foot installation and teak deck maintenance... And THEN I can start spring maintenance. I hope to launch nex week but we'll see.

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    1. Now that the weather has turned warmer and sunnier, it's a bit shame to be working in a shed. In a perfect world all the work would have been done already during the winter, and now one could just concentrate on sailing. Well, not in our case...

      Good job with the new bulkhead!

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna