In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we finish off the upgrades to the bow. When we first arrived to the boatyard and were in destruction mode, we ripped up the front deck and removed all the rot and the old useless windlass. We have since re-laid the deck and fibreglassed up a solid bow ready for the new additions. I designed a new bow roller for Nandji and we install this piece of engineering genius! I designed and adjusted the pulpit hand railing and we install our new anchor windlass. Our bow is covered in shiny new stainless steel and looks amazing with the new paint job underneath!!
Steadily NAndji is getting closer to splash day in a weeks time. Still lots to complete of course but we will have Nandji ready for the drink in time. Exciting times to be nearing the day of going back into the water. We have invested everything into our loved Nandji to complete these upgrades and make her better than a brand new boat!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we make Nandji Sparkle! We have completed some major work to our vessel to make her safer, stronger, sail faster and be able to motor... Now it is time to make her look a million bucks!
Getting your boat painted by the professionals is an expensive task. Generally you would not see much change from 10 boat bucks (10k) It is a long and tedious task to make your vessel look great but all the work is revealed in the long run with the final coats. The more prep you complete, the better the finish will be. Having an Uncle involved always helps!
There were over 200 mn hours invested into the topsides of Nandji. Round and around Uncle went filling and fairing then sanding with his orbital sander. When ever I was busy doing a one man job on Nandji, Uncle would be outside filling and fairing Nandji. He has put in a mammoth effort and Nandji looks damn fine now! There are only a few tiny blemishes in the paint work that you need to be up close next to Nandji looking for them. In the words of the GOAT, If anyone is within 10 feet of your boat then their too f%$#ing close!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we hear the first breathes of our NEW Engine Fang. After running the final hoses and connecting the power, we fill up the engine with all the oils and liquids required before kicking Fang over for the first time. Lets hear this baby Purr! This was a monumental day for Nandji as all our hard work is really starting to take shape. Installing this new engine has been challenging but so very rewarding at the same time. We have never tackled a task this big before, in fact we had never installed an engine into anything before, so it was a huge task and a massive learning curve we have nearly completed. Wait til you hear this baby purr... Beautiful.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our new engine Fang is finished off. We finish of the drive system installation installing the PSS Shaft seal, align the engine and install the Sigma Drive. The Sigma Drive in our eyes is a genious piece of engineering allowing and compensating for any alignment issues and protecting damage to our gearbox. We run our new 3 inch exhaust and this involves cutting a new hole in the sides of Nandji. There are 2 types of people that own boats... Ones that drill holes in them and the ones that dont!
The PSS Shaft seal is what keeps the water out of Nandji. It was very easy to install and will last a very long time. The seal is created by the smooth stainless rotor that is attached to the shaft and rotates. This applies pressure to the carbon bellow that is stationary and attached to the stern tube.
The Sigma Drive is an engineering genius. This replaces the need to have a coupling joining the shaft to the gearbox. The Sigma Drive allows up to 3 degrees in variation therefore adding a good sense of security of never doing damage to our gearbox or cutlass bearings. We aligned the shaft to gearbox with the normal coupling, then removed and installed the Sigma Drive. As Nandji is a wooden boat, normally we would have to realign the engine in the water as the boat takes her shape once again, but with the Sigma Drive, no need for that!
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