I've been an observer and occasional poster here for a few years now.
I've a bit of spare time while waiting for some air sampling to happen at work, so thought I might show my work over the last couple of years.
As the heading suggests, I hauled my yacht for annual antifoul and a few other jobs. A couple of weeks max!
We all know how badly that statement can go from reading each others topics here.
This hopefully is a picture of Haumuri.
Excellent that worked.
She is 45 ft, diagonal strip planked in Kauri with ring frames, designed/built in 1978 by Jack Cropp.
She is the last of 1/2 a dozen yachts of the same design.
She has a steel keel that is bolted to a round bilge. On the "survey" that was got at time of purchase, it stated the was evidence of some fizzing of the steel plate. When hauled the first time for antifoul it looked pretty rough with exposed steel and evidence of heavy pitting. Antifoul was slapped on, new anodes fitted and away we went for another year.
I was planning to go to the Marlborough Sounds for Christmas holiday, so got a rigger to check the rigging out.
He went up mast after first replacing the wire/rope halyard.
He didn't stay long up there and told me that I wasn't going out in Cook Strait with the state of the rigging as it was.
After a large bill that I was pleased to say didn't creep on the quote other than small bits of extra work, I used her around Wellington harbour over the next year.
For the next haulout, I purchased the materials to clean up the keel, fair it and make it an hydrodynamic appendage rather than the angry looking thing I had last seen.
On exit from the water, the waterblaster was ripping off piles of filler in sheets to reveal the true nature of what I had.
Ugly to say the least.
Anyone passing, some with experience to support their comments said it was knackered. Lots of sucking through teeth etc.
Quickly coming to the realisation that a lick of paint wasn't going to fix the old girl up, I carried on with the other work as a distraction.
Yes, that is a hole!!
OK, so I need a new keel.
I did ask just for fun at the chandlery down the road. The girl behind the counter started to look for info in the filing cabinets which was a bit of a worry!!