Happy New Year from Jo Beth - and a Refit Update
Hello all! Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and prosperous 2014.
Here's an update for those interested in our refit. Jo Beth arrived at the Hinckley facility in Savannah, GA in early November. Lisa and I spent the better part of two and a half days getting all the gear off. She's been de-rigged and the mast and boom stripped. The slow and painstaking process of inspections and compromises has begun.
First, I'm very happy to report that by all appearances, we don't have an issue with the mast compression post step. The sag in the cabin sole just aft and to the right [center line] of the compression post step is from a lack of sufficient structure beneath the cabin sole, and here's why: we don't have a standard 34 interior layout on Jo Beth. Instead, we have a U-shaped settee/dinette on the port side. The extra weight of the joinery of the ends which form the 'U', plus my big butt resting on it for 10+ years, seem to be the cause. A lesser sag is also happening at the opposite end.
The bad news is, because of this seating arrangement, some joinery removals will have to done to get the fuel tank out for inspections. More on that to follow.
Cost saved, cost added - sure to become a recurring theme.
The spars and rigging are also getting attention. The running rigging will all be replaced with new halyards, sheets, blocks, etc. The standing rigging all looks good, but tired. It will stand up to another three or so years of coastal service. We'll likely go ahead with replacing everything anyway. The mast is fine; all of the halyard winches require service, as do the sheet winches on deck, but the staysail halyard winch will be replaced. There is some material loss on the winch pads from corrosion and there are cracked welds on each spreader base, all which are regarded as repairable. Minor corrosion is on the mast base as well. Again, repairable.
The boom - now that's another story. I stopped counting the cracks [around the end caps, mainsheet bails, cleats, etc.] at 10. We've been working with LeFiell, the OM, to build a replacement.
The sails are all going to the UK Loft in Charleston, SC for evaluation/repair. I think our genoa is good, as is the staysail, but our main is visibly tired.
We've met with our canvas and cushions shop person, the contractor installing the reverse cycling AC and air cooled refrigeration unit, and all of the yard trades foremen.
Jo Beth will also be painted and re-striped on her topsides, have minor gelcoat repairs made on her house and deck which will then be polished hard, have her mast and boom painted, [the new boom comes painted from LeFiell], get new cockpit grates, and have a myriad of other jobs done. Hinckley says 3-4 months so we're anticipating 4-6. [This isn't a slam against Hinckley - Lisa and I are well acquainted with what we affectionately call 'the boatyard follies.']
Lastly, we're redoing our blog. Stay tuned for more.
Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16
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