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Bodhran heading back to the Water

NZ Haulout

Bodhran ready to go back in the water after a week’s haulout:
LoaderBodhran_thumb NZ Haulout

Well Bodhran is back in the water after a 10 day haulout. The biggest item on the project list was to reinforce the mast step. My mast had caused the deck to buckle ¼ of an inch around the mast, so I pulled the mast off, jacked up the deck, and had a bracket fabricated to reinforce the area and hopefully fix the problem. We also painted the hull, scoured the prop and coated it with Peller Clean (a silicon anti fouling for bronze), cleaned, buffed and waxed the topsides, repainted the shear stripe, removed all the caulk and rot from under the caprail and injected thickened epoxy to fill the voids.

Tiffany and I taking a break in the shade of Bodhran’s hull:
Tiffany and I taking a break in the shade of Bodhran's hull

The new mast bracket on top of the compression post:
The new mast bracket on top of the compression post

It was a pretty full 10 days. Fortunately for us, Christian and his boat Irie were in the yard. Christian is friends with Greg and Bonnie and Bob and Cary from back in Bellingham. He and his ex were caretakers out at Eliza Island before taking off across the Pacific. It was nice to have an extra hand in the yard, a person to bum tools and advice from. He also happens to have a van and very generously let us borrow it to make runs into town for parts, groceries and beers. He also got us out one night to Tutukaka to visit Rick on Guava Jelly and play some music before Rick had to fly back to Seattle for the Winter. Distraction was also provided by Arek and Iwona who drove up from Orewa and took us up to explore the area north of the Bay of Islands for the day.

Rick, Christian, Tiffany and Guava Jelly in Tutukaka:
Rick, Christian, Tiffany and Guava Jelly in Tutukaka

Tiffany on the beach north of the Bay of Islands:
Tiffany on the beach north of the Bay of Islands

Sunset just outside of Whangaroa:
Sunset just outside of Whangaroa

We’re back in the water now. It’d be nice to get out sailing someday, but for now I think we’re going to be working on the boat for another few weeks until after New Years and try and get some short sailing trips in then.

I’ve put together an album of haulout pics here:
Haulout Pics

To see more of Bodhran’s adventures visit http://www.jasonrose.com

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