Getting Dizzie ship-shape

For two months Justin and his dad and worked non-stop to make Dizzie a safe and liveable home for us.  What could take them so long you may ask?

Stop, grab yourself a cup of your favorite poison and settle in – it’s a looooong list.

Ready?  Here goes:

1. Remove teak deck. First they removed fittings on the deck, then ripped off the old teak, scraped off the sticky mastic underneath and cleaned the deck with acetone. This involved removing 1000’s of screws and filling the screw holes with epoxy by syringe, sanding, filling and sanding again, and again.  Then they put the fittings back on the deck.  Finally they taped the deck and painted with primer, undercoat and topcoat then re-taped and painted non slip.  This job alone took two people about one month or 350 man hours.

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The teak deck was in a bad condition and needed to be removed

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The teak, the mastic and the clean deck

Deck half cleaned; an example of all the holes they filled; and the final product – kid approved.

2. Replace 30 year old original engine with a new Beta 60 engine (done by a contractor). A good move as when the engine came out, it was badly corroded internally.

Out with the old, in with the shiney new red engine.

3. New propeller, cutlass bearing (hollow rubberised tube that the prop shaft spins inside of), and coupling (the bit that joins the engine to the prop shaft).

Shiney prop and new cutlass bearing

4. Paint bilge (the hollow low parts of the boat where water leaks end up, internal or external)

5. Install a new bilge pump (to remove water from bilge)

6. Remove old damaged generator

7. Replace all the seized water system valves (valves that connect the three water tanks to each other) and remove redundant valves

8. Replace steering cables (that connect the steering wheel to the rudder).  One had nearly broken through all strands (well spotted by Justin).


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The steering cable in the dark corner of the lazarette locker

9. Replace four acrylic windows that were badly leaking

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Out with the old blue leaky windows, in with the new tinted windows



10. Replace 3 Halyards (ropes that pull up the sails)

11. Service all the seized Blake seacocks (seacocks are valves in all the underwater holes in the boat – you definitely want them to work!)

12. Fixed one leaking seacock and skin fitting (the skin fitting is the bit that holds the seacock in position)

13. Remove old rusty gas boiler.  Speaking of boiler, hows that cuppa going?  Time for a refill?  Go on, treat yourself, in fact, while you’re in the kitchen, grab a biscuit too.

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rusty boiler

14. Remove old rusty diesel-powered heater

15. Clean fuel bug out of the diesel tank (fuel bug is a bacterial colony growing on diesel – must be removed)

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Justin looks way too happy cleaning the fuel tank.  (Can you get high on diesel fumes?) 

16. Find a sail maker to repair the Genoa (the front sail) because the clew had been ripped off sail (that’s the corner attached to ropes).

17. Replace Mizzen sail (the sail on the little mast) with brand new one that we found on the boat.  Bonus!

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New mizzen

18. Install a hand controller and new foot switches for windlass (the powerful winch used to pull up the anchor and chain)

19. Replace old anchor (a 20kg CQR) with a new one (a 32kg Delta) – keep old anchor as a spare.

20. Buy a new Epirb (Electronic Positioning Indicator Rescue Beacon, I think…)

21. Replace anodes (bits of metal stuck on the boat to prevent other boat bits rusting)

22. Paint 2 coats of antifoul below the waterline (to discourage barnicles growing on the boat)

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Shiney red bottom

23. Change the many power hungry incandescent lights for LED lights – ongoing

24. Replace the hot water clarifier pipes (the pipes that run through the engine and make us hot water)

25. Climb the mast to check rigging (wires that hold the mast up)

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Justin up the mast.  He doesn’t look scared at all.

26. Remove old redundant electrical wiring – tip of the iceberg, lots more to do

27. Simplify the battery wiring system

28. Fill a bubble in hull with epoxy and repaint

29. Sand and repaint a section under floorboards where water had been sitting

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painted stuff (foot shown for scale purposes only)

30. Rewire a faulty navigation light at the bow (front of boat, you knew that one didn’t you!)

31. Rewire many loose connections in lights

32. Make a ladder for Kynan’s bunk

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Ladder (foot again present for scale purpose; ps. foot is 3 years old; pps. yes, there is a 3yo attached to that foot somewhere in there)

Phew!  They were busy!  And you, if you’ve read this far, must be ready for a loo break.  Off you go…



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    1. Ha ha Heidi, if only! Justin worked hard all winter. Then we thought, ah let’s go cruising. Now we take a day in every 3 or 4 to get up to date with more jobs. We need to update the blog xx


  1. Just catching up on your blog. This is an impressive list of jobs! Your bottom looks lovely, if you don’t mind me saying so! I quite fancy a red bottom. Hope it’s all going well. x


  2. That’s a lot of repairs. Very impressive end result. Maybe time for Justin to open his own shipyard? The frayed steering cable was a bit worrying – it didn’t look that old or rusty.


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