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2018 Winter projects list

With the end of the sailing season of 2018 it is time for some intensive care of The Dream, after all our yacht has just turned 5 years old, 2 of them already in our possession, and although we do care for The Dream on a regular basis the reality is that while we are travelling not all areas get the full attention they deserve.

So our 6 month in Tunisia is the perfect opportunity to show that love and to care for it, going through a major cleaning job and servicing tasks, luckily the repair list is small and mostly related to cosmetic issues, but still a lot to be inspected.

Below is a summary of the jobs in hands, and this list may be updated as we go through our inspections and works.

Stainless steel works

- Stanchions - clean, polish and re-bed to deck

- Pushpit - clean and polish

- Pulpit- clean, polish, re-bed to the deck, reinforce deck structure

- Clean and polish Bimini frame and supports

- Clean and polish bow roller and associated fittings

- Clean cable stay bases and provide rust inhibitor (remove rust stains - refer to fibreglass works)

- Remove clean and refit bbq hinges, provide rust inhibitor (remove rust stains - refer to fibreglass works)

- Remove clean and refit deck ladder supports, provide additional fibreglass in support screw holes

- Remove and clean front locker hinges, repair fibreglass surround, provide rust inhibitor (remove rust stains - refer to fibreglass works)

- Consider additional rail support and possible seat design in teak refer teak works.

- New helm bars and cup holders mountings to helm base

- New stainless steel/acrylic solar panel supports. Design to be considered

- Reinforcing for Bimini structure for the solar panels upgrade

- Additional lifeline fixing points in the cockpit

Fibreglass repairs

- Gel coat repair to back corner points

- Gel coat repair in the cockpit at sprayhood base

- Gel coat repair to general areas (punch list needed - scratches, dents, rub marks) on deck and broadsides including bow

- Gel coat repair on back platform sides

- Remove spot rust stains throughout deck zone and sideboards and clean

- Consider hairline cracks around deck and possible patching and refinish

- Clean and prepare back hull deck joint and recaulk

- Buff and polish broadsides with Rupes buffing system.

Teak works

- Dingy support frame front and back, mount system to the deck

- Scrub with a brush all the teak decking and rails till clean using salt water and fresh water rinse

- Teak entry side rails

- Teak swim ladder steps

- Teak support box to the front of centre cockpit table

- Teak bow seat

- Consider making the cockpit sink lid in two hinged pieces

Dingy works

- Repair port side tubes air leak

- Fix damaged covers

- Clean dingy and check hull - repair as required

- Make padded seat covers

- Consider bow section flooring for puppy

- Motor clean inside and out

- Remove fuel from the engine

- Oil change

- Grease and oil fittings


- Antifoul clean or repaint

- Sail drive and propeller clean

- Replace anodes

- Check rust bulb on the keel

Deck hardware

- Tighten and clean all stanchions rings

- Service winches and jammers

- Tighten deck cleats

- Service travellers dismantle clean, oil and reassemble

- Backstay anchor points require caulking at deck joint to ensure watertight

Running rigging

- Deck lines all soaked in fresh water and softener till clean roll and pack

- Remove all unused lines and mouse where possible

- Install new Genoa halyards

- Install new furling line for Genoa

- Add restraint line for furling line to ensure it doesn’t get caught on the windlass

- Review boom topping lift configuration and install new Dyneema line with the line into blocks and jammers

- Fix flag ropes repair or replace lines


- Clean all hatches inside and out, lubricate hinges and clean hold rods

- Clean all blinds

- Wipe down all internal woodwork, protect

- Wash all cushion covers

- Clean all bilges, vacuum and wipe clean

- Construct new shelves and dividers in the kitchen and bedrooms

- Clean all carpets

- Redesign main bathroom countertop shelve unit

Sails/standing rigging

- Mast check and cable stay clean

- Remove Genoa and store clean track and furling assembly

- Clean cable stay and provide rust inhibitor (remove rust stains - refer to fibreglass works)

- Repair Genoa


- Clean and inspect windlass check gipsy

- Clean chain locker

- Review chain counter markers and replace as required

- Rinse chain with fresh water ensure all salt is removed

- Inspect and grease Mantus swivel

- Swap bolts on mantus anchor misplacement

Engine Dougie

- fuel filter change, both filters

- Coolant change, five-year change

- Grease all movement points

- Disassemble exhaust and check SS works ensure no corrosion

- Clean under exhaust inside Hull

- Top up oil confirm next programmed oil change

- Remove and clean air filter

- Check engine anode and verify if it needs replacing

- Check sail drive oil levels top up as required

- Reorganise exhaust vent locations and build isolation frame

Outdoor fabrics/covers/cushions

- New sprayhood front cover with Velcro adhesion strips

- New deck wing covers from existing cover materials and add connection points

- New cushions to design intent

- Fix bottom trims of Bimini side covers and add additional bracing straps

- Additional seats for the helm stations


- Battery space clean and battery voltage check

- Additional red night light in the cockpit

- Additional warm white night light in the cockpit

- Additional red night light in the salon, in the same location as existing warm white LED strips (floor light and ceiling light)

- Replace existing warm white LED strips in the salon (floor light and ceiling light)

- Additional warm white night light in the galley connected to the same grid as the salon (floor light and under cupboard light)

- Additional warm white night light in the bedroom

- Fix radio connection to the antenna

- Check and fix speaker wires behind the radio

- Clean up and tidy wiring behind nav station


- Insulate cold wiring at freezer unit

- Build additional insulation box for freezer

- Further, insulate the main fridge and inspect for additional temperature bridges

- Additional insulation box for the outdoor fridge


- Construct new floor in rear locker to level floor with marine plywood

- Clean Hydrovane and remove re-antifoul the rudder ready for next season. Check bolts and backing plate for security

- Additional support for rear fold down seats on the stern

- Clean bbq tray, drain bucket, plate cover and inspect all fittings

- Service and inspect steering system and cable work, lubricate wheels etc.

- Review back platform support method and reinstall as required

- Clean all windows, clean caulking of mould polish windows



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