The boom had all its bits removed and prepped for paint then painted. Then all parts were put back on with Tef-gel and Duralac – resulting in a good-as-new rig.
The main reefing system (now 8 yrs old) was re-worked. We cut out the existing aluminum jammers and built a shelf for three Spinlock clutches that will be bolted into the boom for the reefs. Sails were sent off for a proper cleaning. The rigging job was complete with refinement to the jib halyard; new lines for the main and genoa halyard; main, genoa, staysail sheets; traveler and reefing lines.
Interior work: the sliding companionway door now slides smoothly and closes securely. This big cat cruises from one playground to another and storage for the water toys was an issue. We solved this by redesigning a bunk to also serve as storage space for kite boards and extra life vests.
Cool heads will always prevail with A/C being run to the crew cabin. And no more digging to get to the Ben & Jerry’s with the rebuilt freezer shelving. The Cherry Garcia will always be firm, too, with a rebuilt freezer – new hoses, compressor and reconfigured raw water circulator. And because it is about the little things…the heads will receive custom designed space-saving trash receptacles. Finally, the galley and nav station will receive a new coat of varnish.
Exterior work: A good sanding will revive the teak decks. The teak swim platform had some boards that were lifting; these were repaired to like new.
Princess Chloe left on time and on budget. We hope they have a great season in the British Virgin Islands.