Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Venusian Rum: Summer Boat Restoration Project Part 2

Remember the boat that I bought at scrap value from eBay recently? Here it is  again-

Today I decided to attempt a first cleaning.  One of my neighbours generously helped create a little space around the boat (which is parked under some trees)  with a hedge-trimmer and chainsaw.  Next I swept out the cockpit-

…and opened the companionway hatch to the cabin and found-

Aaargh.  Fearing that I would contract some hideous face-eating fungus, I tried holding my breath while clearing out the cabin.  (That big dark hatch thingy, above the centre-plate, in the middle of the photograph is a posh looking, fully functional toilet!  None of that “porta-potty” crap here.  Pardon the pun).

Turned out that there was also quite a bit of equipment in the cabin.  I washed the fitted cushions (a bit split, perhaps salvageable) and let them dry in the sun before sticking everything in the garage-

Found what looks to be a complete set of rigging, sails and some other equipment (though no anchor or outboard yet).  The only thing seriously buggered is the mast-step which was destroyed in that UK hurricane in the 1980s.  That same hurricane also cracked the bottom of the mast.  I’m guessing I’ll have to find some mast-step similar in shape and then cut the broken end of the mast to fit.

Some other bits need replacing, like the companionway hatches (and possibly the frame/slider thing for it too)-

…which is completely rotted, though that looks an easy enough job.  But the port-side rubbing strip, looks difficult.  For a start it looks like a single piece of well-seasoned Burma-teak.  It would be a pity to replace the whole thing because a two foot section was rotten-

Also the cockpit drains are blocked-

I tried brushing and washing the crud out, poking around them with a stick, picking at them with my fingers, staring angrily at them, but to no avail.  Still, I also have to deal with a partially flooded cabin and aft-lockers.

What else?  I did have a go at cleaning the exterior-

But I actually just made the boat dirter!

(P.S.  That’s our lovely car- a 2.4 litre auto PT Cruiser (Pacific Coast Highway Edition) in the fore-ground.  Yes, it’s no beamer or Jag, but it was cheap!  Reminds me of my recent life in Vancouver and also an ill-fated US road-trip years ago).

Next week the hose-pipe ban is lifted here and I should be able to borrow my neighbour’s  power-washer (he’s a keen motor-caravaner).

That was it for the day, I just hung some old rope and a chair on the hitch to prevent any near-sighted idiots (like myself) from running into the damn thing-

Any suggestions for names?  I thought perhaps calling it the Eon Hawk (instead of Millennial Falcon), given my Star Wars obsession, but perhaps that’s a little on-the-nose.  Please don’t suggest the Titanic.

You can read part one of this saga here.  Stay tuned for updates.

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6 Responses to Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Venusian Rum: Summer Boat Restoration Project Part 2

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  2. You certainly have your work cut out for you. However, if you feel you need some marine repair supplies, please feel free to give us a call at 305-852-9298. Yours truly, Tiki Water Sports, Key Largo, Florida http://www.tikiwatersports.net You can also follow us on our blog at http://www.tikiwatersportsblog.wordpress.com.


  3. Roy says:

    Hmmm thanks, now if you could just fly my boat into Florida from the UK…


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  5. Tony Mc Carthy says:

    I had a Nimrod back in the 90’s for 7 or 8 years. Had great fun with it. Sailed it from Dublin to West Cork over a summer (at weekends). Even rounded the Fastnet Rock in her. Best of luck with her.
    Tony Mc


  6. Roy says:

    I only just managed to clean it last weekend- 20 years worth of vegetation and bugs. Now I can get into the cabin without contracting something nasty. Also managed to get one of the cockpit drains free of crud. Thanks for reading. Fair winds!


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