Yarmouth Marine Services is currently working on making Eileen of Avoca ready for her Atlantic crossing. The to-do list is ambitious, but I’ve the know-how of the people who originally built Eileen on hand, so I am confident the work will be of the highest standard. I guess I’m betting my life on it… hmmm… looking it it that way, I vow to haunt anyone responsible for cutting corners or shoddy workmanship if it leads to my untimely demise…
How’s that for an incentive?
The job list goes something like this:
- Fit new 13.5HP Beta engine and ancillary equipment.
- New rigging
- Deck and mast fittings acid dipped and re-galvanised
- Stanchions removed and re-mounted to prevent leaks
- Mast and teak areas varnished / painted to handle tropical heat
- Inner linings waterproofed
- Companionway washboards strengthened
- Hatch locking mechanism reworked
- Companionway step reinforced
- Pushpit lockers waterproofed
- Fiberglass stress points reinforced
- Seacocks and cockpit drainage pipes replaced where necessary
- Second (internal) bilge pump fitted
- Second VHF aerial added
- VHF radio tested and repaired
- Solar panel mounted
- AIS receiver fitted
- Life raft serviced
- Tillerpilot to vane gear fitting in addition to the existing mount.
- Anodes replaced
- 3 coats of antifoul
- Dodgers made
- Foresails serviced
- Non slip decking material re-painted
- Jackstays replaced
- and more…
If I have any money left over I’ll buy a new EPRIB and some extra anchor rode / chain… ha! big if…
This list will be updated as it changes, and as soon as I get back to the boat I’ll take photos to show everyone how the work is progressing.