In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have been busy completing our second major refit to Nandji, with a baby on the way, we have had to work long days to try and complete the boat before the baby arrives. With Bonita now 9 months pregnant, it is time to move closer to the hospital to have the baby. Bonita has rarely seen the progress of Yosh's labour, but it is time to reveal what Nandji looks like. Nothing else matters but the boss's opinion. Hopefully she likes it!!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have been renovating downstairs and painting areas white. I have completed all the prep and applied the first top coat, but it is time to complete the project and make the white walls look immaculate. I like to make things as best as they can be to the skills I have and believe not to cut corners, but to put the effort in to make a beautiful finished result. This is one reason why the davits has frustrated me so much... But I have control of the outcome of the white walls and as this is the first thing you see when you head downstairs, it has to be perfect. But as I quote Bonita's old man once again "That's about as good as you're gonna get it" He was a painter for 20 years too! With the white walls complete, the transformation really takes shape with the layers of varnish beginning. The key to making varnish look good is layers. Sanding between each application and then applying another layer. Over and over and over. The goal of reaching at least 7 layers should do it 👌
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, I have been going on about upgrading our stainless davits so I have a place to carry my surfboards, but this is not the only reason for the upgrade. The structure was only attached through a series of clamps and not welded strong so I wanted to reinforce the entire area to spread the load of the dinghy when it is hoisted. On top of the davits is an array of solar panels which help to power our boat as we 100% rely on solar for charge. When we first bought Nandji 5 years ago, these 3 old 80 watt panels were fixed to the davits, whilst they provide small amounts of power, this space can be better utilised to harness more energy. With the dimensions of the solar panel in hand, I came up with a design to complete our new davits. The only problem is, explaining this to someone who speaks a different language...
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, after our little reef scenario early in 2020 we had some issues that still needed fixing. We discovered that the shaft was bent and needed straightening, which in turn rapidly wore out our cutlass bearing. After removing the drive system and cutlass bearing months ago, the new cutlass finally arrived in the post. Without a machine to press the cutlass in, I get creative and Macguiver that puppy home.
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