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s/v Merihiisi is afloat, finally....

This is a fantastically beautiful view:

Why? Because there is no longer an enclosure containing a boat

which means means the winter-long refit is over, and s/v Merihiisi is afloat!

Aside from various miscellaneous cleaning, fixing, tweaking and assorted gear improvements, the major items include:

Sodablasting of hull, new barrier coat and bottom paint. Removal of and patching of 8 through hulls.
Refurbishment and reinstallation of two Blakes seacocks (33 years old and still fully fit for service, gotta love 'em).
Polished and waxed bronze prop.
Moved cockpit drains to exit at stern. Added seacocks to all above water through hulls.
New bilge pumps, float switches, and hoses (2x electric + 2x manual). High water alarm in bilge.
Removal of all original interior linings and addition of 2cm of insulation throughout (this IS the northern Baltic ;-)
New diesel forced air heater with air ducts throughout boat.
New cooker and fridge in galley, w/ seawater pump/faucett to galley sink.
Refurbishment and rewiring of both masts and coversion of all lights to LED.
Mast steps installed to main mast.
New standing and running rigging throughout (woohoo!)
Replacement of all 12V wiring, new house and starter batteries, charger, monitor.
New anode and through hull mounting bolts.
New instruments (log, depth, wind), chartplotter, VHF w/AIS, HF/SSB, autopilot.
Cleaned, derusted, primed, painted and rewired engine. New engine bay insulation.
New self-built fluid-separating composting head.
Steam cleaned freshwater holding tank. New freshwater hoses. Carbon filter added inline to galley pump.
New gray water holding tank and pump out. Sink drains run to grey water tank.

Still lots of cosmetic issues to address (deck nonskid, rebed deck hardware, refurbish/rebed ports/windows, interior panelling, teak work, canvas work, clean sails, etc.) which I'll do at my leisure over the summer, or leave until the next winter haul out.

Now to get her gear sorted out, the sails on, and go SAILING!!! ;-)

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Cruising the Baltic in 'Merihiisi', a 1979 Westerly Berwick Ketch
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