In this episode, Nandji is floating and we are finalising all the little jobs to move back on board. Nandji is close to a new house and she is in the best shape she has ever been. I thought it important to try and complete all the jobs before moving back on board to try and minimise the mess and the need for digging out tools again. Nandji has limited space so when the tolls are packed away, they are packed away for good!! Of course Nandji has a few little surprises she throws at us, and then there is Bonita's life of living on the land needs to downsize a wee bit!! How many bikinis does a girl need???? With Nandji being a wooden boat, she tends to move and change shape whilst on the hard. Now floating, I wanted to check the alignment. This is a task best done without the missus!
In this episode, we rip ore old stuff out of Nandji and throw it over the side. We rewind back to a month ago when Nandji was still on the hard stand and we were deep in fixing mode. But you can not do an oven install and not have a cook up with it!! So once the oven is installed, we fast forward back to present time during our shakedown sail and Bonita does a little cook up!! Having a working cooker and oven is essential. A device that gimbles and holds the food on top is something Nandji has previously lacked. I can not believe Bonita went 4 years with only one burner that works! Now we can cook up a storm!!
In this episode, Nandji is getting closer to splash day. The major keel work is complete and the bottom has been painted with a barrier coat ready for anti fouling. With only 5 days until splash day, we decide to drill a huge hole in the boat!! Ever since buying Nandji, we have steadily been upgrading her as we continue to sail. One area that we have just been "making do" with, has been the way we gauge the depth of the water below Nandji. Our depth sounder was ancient and it worked 30% of the time. This making life a little more difficult than it should be!! But not anymore!!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, it is time to paint our interior. We want to brighten up the interior and bring a more modern feel to the space. We tried to keep the traditional building style by planking up areas of the boat, but adding a modern touch by painting areas white. We had sanded back all the other woodwork which will be varnished in the future. It is important to do a really good job on the bulk head as we have changed this from wood to now be white. Since this is the first thing you see when you enter down the companion way, it must be perfect with no imperfections. This takes a WHOLE lot of time. Hours of sanding and priming then repeat. With a great foundation the first coats of the top coat area applied and what a transformation!
In this weeks episode of Sailing Nandji, we have been busy making the interior look new and fancy with replacing the old carpet walls and installing woodwork slats to be painted. Our boats standing rigging is attached by through bolts of the ull and attached to thick stainless chain plates. These chainplates need to be removed so I can finish the wood interior. What a better time to do a rig inspection as we have never removed these bolts! Bonita gets in on the action too, even though she is 7 months pregnant, it is hard to keep that woman down! After all these years of sailing and fixing up Nandji as we go, we have nearly changed or replaced everything on Nandji, but yet Bonita still asks the question. Do you know what your doing???
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, the destruction phase is fully under way! Nandji's interior was insulated with a marine carpet on the walls. Whilst it is probably a good insulator, it looks shocking and gets dirty, so it is time to renovate and modernise Nandji. After the reef incident earlier in the year, 2 major problems have since risen. One being the cutlass bearing is worn and wore out rapidly, suggesting a bent shaft. The second the Hydrovane self steering is loose and caused damage to the transom. Both pretty big jobs and needed to be fixed!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, manoeuvring Nandji around other vessels has always been challenging and as we rarely spend time in marina's, it always get me nervous. Marina's are always tight quarters surrounded by expensive things you do not want to crash into! Making our way out of the pen and into the haul out cradle, all my worries were pout to rest as we place Nandji on the hard stand and begin our second major refit in preparation for the new crew member who will be here before we know it! We move everything off of Nandji and let the boat work begin! We plan to complete a major overhaul and upgrade to Nandji's living quarters. Removing everything from Nandji and starting from scratch!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we arrive to the marina and prepare for the coming weeks of work. After safely mooring up to the jetty, we have a stroll around the boat yard and the reality of what is about to come really begins to set in. I am not sure if I am ready for this! Maybe it is the new place giving me nerves, maybe I just don't want to start more boat work projects. However, if we like it or not, baby is coming and now is the time to get Nandji ready for the future with the baby spud! Full steam ahead, let's gut Nandji!
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