Season’s endings

The gelcoat is sanded off to begin with laminating

the new gelcoat is sprayed onIn November the boat underwent a small refit-session. During training in October there was a misunderstanding with the Pogo2 514 during a tacking duel, they took our priorty and we T-boned them. Luckily for the 514 we hit the hull/deck joint so they remained unharmed, we however took quite a hit under the forestay, also the metal “V” that is used to unfold the bowsprit was ripped off.

While Younn took care of the gelcoat- and underlying laminate-damage I took care of some other things on board:
– sanded the rudders and applied new gelcoat
– new tillers adapted to the rudders, drilled and installed
– repaired the solent-light (soo cool when trimming at night, also awesome to be seen by fishing vessels)
– re-waterproofed the mast where it leads through the deck
– re-waterproofed the pushpit & stanchions
– re-waterproofed the engine mount at the transom
– small service on the fuel cell
– changed the speakers in the cockpit (again proper music!)

During the week I also kept the dehumidifier and heater running and completely cleaned and dried the boat on the inside.
Around 5pm on friday Younn & me worked hectically – kindly supported by Erwarn – to finish the installation of the pushpit and the forestay fitting to get the boat back into the water before 6pm The bow, good as new.

Saturday morning I started getting the boat ready for training but a look around already indicated bad news: thick fog (visibility 200m?) and no wind whatsoever.
To make the best of it, we did a “mast trim day” and measured all boat’s stay tensions and prebend, then did a long theory session in the meeting room to discuss mast trim, sail combinations for the transat and a deep-dive into pilot settings.

That was it for this year – the boat is now in hibernation for about end of january when training will resume.

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