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#26 2021-08-16 22:03:31

Charles_Grossie
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Re: Victoria 34 ANITRA

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Another beautiful day ghosting along off the coast of County Antrim, N.Ireland. Making nearly 2 knots believe it or not.

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#27 2021-09-04 19:41:28

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Re: Victoria 34 ANITRA

I think my partner and I would have done violence to something to have winds like that on our holiday off the south coast of Ireland over the last 3 weeks. Quite a few days of F6, on the nose, no matter where we wanted to go! Number of skippers we spoke to had the same grousing about the weather - very unseasonable for August.


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#28 2021-09-22 15:55:38

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Another little treat for Anitra. I bought and refurbished a Sestrel Major pedestal compass over the winter. Refurbished inside and out, which wasn't cheap! Proper compass oil is £30/litre and it holds almost 2 litres. Other small bits are very pricey too, but the end result was worth it.
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#29 2022-04-14 12:06:02

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Whilst winterising the Yanmar 3GM30F engine in the autumn, I noticed a slight amount of corrosion on the underside of the raw water pump, which indicated that an amount of salt water was breaching the internal lip seal and exiting the lower outlet/leak indicator hole. For those who are familiar with this engine, you will know that the water pump impellor access is from the rear when it is installed on the engine. Not the handiest of designs. So, to remove the impellor for the winter, you have to remove the pump in the first instance from the engine before removing the impellor cover. In any event, the pump needed to be removed for inspection.
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There was no movement in the impellor shaft, which was a good sign and signified that it was most likely the lipped seal was worn and needed replacing. You need to disassemble the pump in totality to allow the lip seal to be removed.
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The pump shaft wasn't showing any signs of wear where the lipped seal made contact, but there were some mild calcification build-up, which was easy to clean off. The bearings were also fine with no water contact apparent. The lip seal (purple circle) did need to be replaced and I had sourced some generic replacements (TC13X28X7) from a small company in the UK called Lancashire Seals. The Yanmar PN is 124223-42080 and cost £19.89 +P&P. I did notice some damage on the pulley end of the pump shaft (red circle), which must have been caused during previous ownership. The pulley is 'keyed' to the shaft, but the pulley must have come loose at some point causing both it and the shaft key to become badly worn. The pulley had been replaced of course, but the shaft hadn't been repaired. I left the shaft into a local precision engineering workshop. They were able do a stainless steel weld to build up the damaged area on the shaft and then used their CNC to re-machine the key to match the profile of the pulley. A £27 fix versus the cost of a replacement shaft. The pump was then rebuilt ready for installation on the engine.
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Between times, I had also purchased what was an effectively 'new' hardly used second-hand aftermarket raw water pump. The intention here being that I had a complete 'hot spare' to install at a moments notice should I experience an impellor failure. Build quality seems fine, but they use a different style impellor.
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It won't be long before 'Anitra' is ready for launching.  smile


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#30 2022-04-19 11:35:42

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Blue Opal's pump did a very similar thing. I've still got it in a bag for refurbishment (I did a complete replacement, as I didn't have time to refurb when the problem happened). However, I think mine was in much worse condition than yours!


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#31 2022-04-26 11:45:50

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Almost ready for the water. Just the engine to run up and check in addition to refitting the Hydrovane (which was hibernating in a nice warm garage). Hoping to launch next week weather permitting.
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#32 2022-05-03 09:04:58

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After a few busy days finishing off 'Anitra', we got her launched on Monday at Seaton's Marina, which is where she spends the winter months out of the water. After doing all the visual checks and tests post launch, I motored her round to her summer berth in Portrush.
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#33 2022-06-01 15:58:19

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Almost exactly 30 years ago, I sailed to Iceland with some friends on an Endurance 37 cutter/ketch. On-board equipment included an Aquair 100 towed turbine 12V DC generator, which I kept until now. It was a very useful piece of equipment especially on a longish voyage with a fridge running most of the time. So, having retrieved it from its safe resting place and after some TLC and repaint (VC-TAR2 + Plasticoat spray paint), it is now ready to be tested on 'Anitra' at some point soon. The original towing turbines were lost at some point, so I had to wait patiently to find some replacements on eBay. These also required a refurb. I also have the full wind generator components too for this generator, but I won't be using these. The unit attaches to the pushpit using soft braided rope or sail ties.
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#34 2022-06-22 22:51:12

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'Anitra' doesn't have pushpit teak seats fitted, so I asked my good friend William McCausland (who owns 'Samphire' - a V34) if I could take a template off his.

I had some old solid teak school desk tops in my garage, which are at least 1" thick, but required sanding with a heavy duty sander.

After marking out, there was quite a bit of cutting required, more sanding, fine sanding, dummy fitting and then many coats of teak oil were applied. I'll use 3 to 4 'Seasure' 25mm saddle clips on the underside to secure the teak to the middle cross-bars on the pushpit.

Template available if anyone wants to make their own for their V34.

The end result is quite pleasing. Hopefully, they are comfortable to sit on.
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The seats are quite comfortable and will probably be better when sitting on the lee side when sailing.

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#35 2023-02-13 23:41:29

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Well, the quarter berth vinyl lining has been in need of replacement for a few year now and the time has come to remove it and replace it with some light grey/silver 'campervan' type carpet. I have removed all of the offending vinyl in the quarter berth which required removing a small amount of teak joinery in the aft book shelf. No damage caused and everything will be fine when replaced and varnished. The melamine head-lining towards the stern will also need to be removed to allow for a neat installation of the the carpet. The dead foam and sticky glue has to be removed now, but I will mask off the quarter berth (base) area ensuring that I keep the sticky mess from sticking to the GRP and plywood. A proper protective mask and googles will be needed before getting stuck in to this job. I may also install a 'Size 0' Lewmar port light to provide better natural light into the berth. It is not essential though.
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#36 2023-03-21 18:12:54

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"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" is a common saying that originated from a Chinese proverb. I've started work on getting my quarter berth back into shape and have begun with the relatively easy task of removing the old dead foam and adhesive from the rear panel in the workshop at home. This was good practise getting used to the 'camper-van' 4-way stretch carpet, the spray Trim-Fix adhesive and cutting internal and external corners.

I have all the tools lined up now to help me tackle removing the dead foam and horrible old sticky adhesive from the hull and upside down cockpit sole/starboard locker. One piece disposable overalls, ventilator mask, goggles obtained and the interior of the chart table, galley and saloon all isolated with plastic dust sheets to avoid contamination.
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Progress now made and am ready to start fitting the 'Camper Van' carpet. This has to be one of the worst jobs I have had to do on any boat I have owned in terms of awkwardness, dust and sticky mess. The most effective tools were tungsten carbide 'Sandvik' scrapers for the flat surfaces and a small diameter wire brush attachment for the angle grinder. I may place some thin vertical wooden battens against the starboard side hull to allow for nice horizontal slats to be fitted next year. The slats can be fitted over the carpet acting as a liner I guess.
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#37 2023-03-24 18:51:43

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Charles,

I would be interested to hear how you managed to get the carpet to lay so well and how it holds out over time.
The toe board you illustrate looks very professional.

Mithril (my UK based Frances 26) has much of the hull covered with bathroom type pile carpet with a vinyl covered head lining as it was home finished, as opposed to the yard finished strip planking.
I am not overly struck on it and am considering what to do with it in the longer term; really need a low(ish) effort solution to improve the interior.

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Sabbatical (my US based Vic 30) had similar peeling vinyl lined quarter berth to your V34. I ended up stripping it all off and making additional strip planks for the hull in white pine (as I couldn't match the original ramin strips), and made up laminate covered plywood panels for the head lining.
It came out very well but took a fair amount of effort and would not be easy to replicate with the boat afloat and in use.

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Void above the headlining (in the cockpit coming) also made a handy space to hide the galvanic isolator and hidden GPS antenna.
The small hatch allows access to the connectors for the antenna. A section of headlining has to be removed to get to the shore power connections but these are not needed at sea so easy access is not a priority.

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#38 2023-05-08 11:25:24

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I installed a 'size 0' Lewmar opening portlight at the weekend. This will allow me to progress with the camper van carpet in the quarter berth in due course, which replaces the old vinyl foam.

Apart from a large hole cutter, I used reverse downward cutting blades in the electric jigsaw. This helps prevent damage to the gelcoat edges of the cut aperture, i.e. standard blades cut on the upward stroke.

To bed the frame into the aperture, I used Scapa 3259 Single Sided PVC Foam Tape, which is a medium hardness, pressure sensitive sealant tape. I used 3mm thickness for this small port light.
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Main activities at present are getting Anitra ready for the water. Almost there thankfully.

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#39 2023-06-02 10:28:10

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Early morning sunrise this week as we enjoy a lovely spell of 'summer' weather on the north Antrim coast. 'Anitra' waiting to be sailed! I still have to finish off the quarter berth lining, but there is no panic for it.
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#40 2023-09-13 15:57:23

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Some beautiful September sailing. First time hoisting the main sail this season too!
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