In this episode of Sailing Nandji we are held up from the engine install and start on another repair project of attending to the soft spots on the bow. We remove the old windlass to install the new but discover a little more rot than expected! Yosh takes to the soft spots with a chisel and hammer and uncovered wet wood under the fibreglass. Like most boat jobs, things must get worse before they can get better and before you know it, a huge portion of the bow is ripped up and wood taken out. We take you through the steps we used to repair, replace and restore the area.
We had been carrying around our NEW windlass ready to install for months now, but the thought of removing the old and knowing there was a problem that lies beneath had been daunting to do not in a boat yard. I had grit my teeth and pulled the anchor by hand for another few months to reach this point. Finally the day is here to discover how far the rot has spread!
We hope you enjoy the video! Please understand we are in a hot environment and outside, we take good care of ourselves and try our best to be as safe as possible. Sometimes we do forget to put on safety gloves or wear glasses as we are trying our best to complete the job as fast and efficient as possible. We are exposed to substances for a very short time and are not doing this everyday. We understand the consequences completely.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, Nandji is high and dry in the boat yard. With a looong list of jobs we plan to complete whilst on the hard stand, we are busy in renovating our engine room ready to install our new Yanmar "Fang." We have been lucky to have a fellow Salty sailor wish to help us install the new engine, Uncle Kevin is also a guru fibreglasser after glassing surfboards professionally for over 30 years. This man knows a thing or two about fibreglassing and he takes us through the types of matting we use to reinforce the bearers ready for the new engine mounts to bolt on too. After two weeks on the hard stand our engine room has gone form a oily greasy mess from our old engine to a glistening white solid room ready for our new motor!
Nandji is slowly transforming from a tired old vessel into a beautiful new boat! There has been hundreds of man hours invested into Nandji, not to mention every last one of our dollars, but to see the changes everyday is very rewarding and a great feeling knowing our boat is going to be better than new soon. We are working tirelessly into this refit to be able to accomplish our goal for this year of crossing the Indian Ocean. We hope you enjoy the vid! YEW!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, with Old Smoky now a thing of the past, it is time to get busy into the installation of our new engine Fang! Old smoky may be gone, but she left us with quite the mess to clean up. As we had been concentrating so hard on reaching Langkawi, cleaning the bilge turned into a job that was forgotten and with Old Smoky now gone, the oil and grease remains. Along comes Bilgy Bonita!
We have been extremely lucky to have a fellow Salt rock up to Nandji everyday to share his wisdom and help us not make the same mistakes he has in the past. With a wealth of knowledge and a willingness to put a solid days work in every day, we have been blessed with the help from Kevin. He first wanted to help us install the new engine and before we knew it, he adopted the mammoth task of filling and fairing the topsides of NAndji ready to paint. What a bloody legend!
We hope you enjoy the episode legends, lots of boat work to share with you all! Yew!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, with Nandji firmly set on the hard stand our boat refit begins. After having so many troubles with our old engine in the past, this was the first job tackled, ripping out the old engine. Nandji is a centre cockpit vessel and the engine is directly below the cockpit, making the obvious choice for removal through the cockpit, hence cutting a hole in the floor.
We plan to overhaul the entire engine compartment and everything to do with the old engine. New drive system including gearbox, new exhaust system and new fuel system, including the fuel tank itself. The old fuel tank was made out of steel and had become rusty and no doubt close to leaking, time to fix everything and get this old stuff of our boat. With some clever rigging techniques, steadily the old fuel tank and our old engine "Old Smoky" are removed and taken away.
With such a massive list of tasks we wish to complete on Nandji to get her ready for the Indian Ocean, what better place to start then to rip out the old stuff! We have been so lucky to have a fellow yachtie and an absolute legend wish to help us upgrade Nandji. Every day Uncle Kevin rocks up to Nandji ready to start work and help us get Nandji amazing and back in the water sooner. We are so lucky to have met Kevin and the wisdom he brings to us everyday.
Thanks legends, this is the first of many videos to come about our extensive boat refit. As we are consistently have 10 jobs on the go, we will try our best to compile each job on the list in one video. This making it easier to understand each step of each job. Therefor expect lots of shorter than usual videos about our refit!
We hope you enjoy the vid!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, after months of sailing and pushing both ourselves and Nandji, we arrive to the island of Langkawi where we plan to complete extensive boat work. We first decided to come to Langkawi for the tax free imports to the island and the fact there was 4 different boatyards to choose from. This must mean lots of boats and lots of places to get things done. But don't assume these things as we discover. We shop around for a boatyard and finally after waiting a week, off to the boat yard we go and are hauled out and life on the hard stand stand begins.
We had been preparing ourselves for haul out day for so long and when the time finally came to head down to the boat yard, it was a mix of emotions. Stoked that we had made it so far and overcome many troublesome scenarios, excited to upgrade our beloved Nandji but then nervous for the next months of hard boat work.
We hope you enjoy the episode legends!
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