Eileen of Avoca’s refit

Yarmouth Marine Services on the Isle of Wight

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.

6 thoughts on “Eileen of Avoca’s refit

  1. I don’t know what your plans are, but if you find yourself in Norfolk, Virginia after your Atlantic crossing my wife and I would like to invite you for dinner. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures thus far.

  2. I am glad to see you preparing to cross the Atlantic at last. My wife and I have been wondering when you are going to make the trip. We will be following you closely as usual. By the way, this is the only way I could reach you. good luck with your trip.


  3. Hi David,
    Just a ine to wish you well with the refit.Hope all goes to plan & budget!
    We have just returned home after 2 weeks onboard Erimar.Had a lovely time and will return for September.Keep in touch.


  4. Great to meet you and your mother-you are both great characters- and to see the Irish redhead again. Extremely sorry not to have seen you go but Bon Voyage.
    We will follow your blog be sure we are with you in spirit. Please contact us if can help in any way.
    Good luck my friend.
    Bob and Jan.
    Maritime Enterprises.

  5. Hi, My grandad was Bill Boyall, the original owner of the boat and i just wanted to say that he would be absolutely delighted to see that you are getting so much enjoyment from “Eileen of Avoca”, happy sailing.

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