Beyzano has been out of the water for exactly a month and virtually all the tasks are complete. She has had 3 coats of antifouling, been thoroughly polished and has had the new propellor, freezer plate and anodes fitted. The mast is back up but the guard-rails around the boat will be replaced in the next few days. We also replaced the stern gland with a modified one, a PSS, which is longer wearing.
For extra safety for the longer voyages ahead this year, we have also done the following: 3rd reef on the main led back to the cockpit; jackstay from the companionway to the helm; replaced the pushpit rail with stainless steel tubing (also for attaching equipment); topping lift line brought back to the cockpit and extra clutches on the coachroof for all the additional lines.
The decks now need a really good clean, having been well used over during the past month and the boatyard is likely to pressure wash the non-teak sections for us as she goes back into the water. The teak rubbing strakes have been treated and have come up a really lovely colour, so we need to treat the decks once she is cleaned up.
I haven’t done much work on her this year – again! Rob is tanned from being outside and I am pale, having been in the office, but only 12 more days for me and I can get back and start getting to grips with cleaning the lockers, provisioning, storing it all and getting the checklists marked off. It will be good to be home again although I have enjoyed working and living in Edinburgh very much and will be sad to drive away from the stunning skyline.
Time to focus on the ARC now though and Rob, who I have only seen for 32 out of the past 201 days – not that I’m counting 🙂