Job Satisfaction

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on Poseidon. What was initially going to be a quick ‘out of water’ boat survey, so that we could increase our insurance to cover us in Queensland waters, grew to include many more projects including recoating the hull with antifoul paint.

Our view has always been that if you can do it yourself and it’s your hobby, then why pay someone to do it for you. Why deprive ourselves of the contentment we gain doing this!

Below is a list of what we did, with photos.

Scrape barnacles and prepare the hull.

First stage was the enviro pressure blast that the marina do, then we scrape any remaining barnacles.

Scrape/sand the running gear (propellers, shafts, rudders, etc).

Then paint with epoxy primer. We also replaced the anodes, covered by blue tape to protect them from the painting.

Anodes are sacrificial blocks of zinc that attach to the boat and protect the metal parts from corrosion.

Paint hull with antifoul.

Normally we do two coats, first one black and second one red. This makes it easier to see where you’re painting, and also lets you see how the antifoul is wearing (breaking down).

It was obvious from the amount of red colour  that we still had a reasonable coverage, so we decided to just do one coat on the hull. You can buy the black antifoul in 10 litre containers (just over 2.5 gallons), but red only comes in 4 litre containers. Therefore, it was more cost effective to use black.

Prepare and paint the plimsoll line.

Prepare and paint blue stripe on the topsides (Portuguese bridge and around the foredeck).

During this time it was extremely windy so ensuring the ladder didn’t run away was really important. Robert spent a few hours sitting on it or holding it while I climbed up and down. I could only reach about 1-2 metres (3-6 feet) at a time, so it was a time-consuming process. And I was exhausted at the end of it (as may be evident from the photo). 

Repaint name plates on port and starboard sides, and the transom.

After the previous task, this was rather relaxing! And I completed the nameplate on the transom when we were back in the water.

Revamp shower.

Ages ago I started work on the shower, sanding/oiling the chain locker cupboard and the starboard side cupboard. But I never finished. I also decided to lightly sand and re-oil the shower base board and paint some of the trim white. I used deks olje d1 and deks olje d2 oils and a white enamel. 

Hang an external washing line.

I wanted the option to dry clothes in the fresh air. We’ve hung an external line on the port side, and will do the same on the starboard side later. 

To ensure the safety of our cats, they went to a local cattery for a holiday of their own. 

The plan was to come out of the water Monday and go back in Friday. Unfortunately, one of the engine parts didn’t arrive in time and it was too gusty to be towed back to our berth, so we spent the weekend on the hardstand. Whereas we might have gone to the cinema or other places, due to the COVID-19 restrictions we ended up doing more work and gaining more job satisfaction!

As well as what we were doing, there were some things we had done for us. Obviously if we don’t have the skills to do it ourselves, we’ll pay for work to be completed.

  • The marine surveyor conducted a full inspection of the boat and the good news is there are no issues.
  • The mechanic serviced the generator, the two Cat3208 engines, and replaced four of the fuel injectors.
  • We took delivery of a beautiful table, custom made to a specific size with a drop leaf and an amazing compass rose all in keeping with the style of our boat. This was made for us by a local woodworker – Simon Begg – and we highly recommend his work. You can view more of his amazing products at Simon Begg’s Woodturning website  or on his Facebook page.

I always find the lift out and back into the water a bit unnerving. Our boat weights nearly 27 tonnes with full fuel and water tanks (and me and Robert aboard!). There are usually a few creaks and groans from Poseidon, but overall it was a smooth process. I thought I’d include some photos to show this too

After all this job satisfaction, it was time to relax for a few days so we snuck away to one of the nearby bays for some R&R. 

Never before has America’s Bay been so deserted and it afforded us the perfect opportunity to practise some skills such as reversing in figure 8 patterns, picking up mooring buoys and practising as if we were to come on to a T-berth. All in all it was a great short break after a lot of hard work and plenty of job satisfaction.

13 Responses

  1. Wow what an amazing job Pam! You did deserve that drink! Loved reading the story and looking at your pics. The table is gorgeous.

  2. You have done a great job and how beautifull “Poseidon” looks in and out of the water. What great adventures ahead

  3. Loving all the updates Pam and Robert… What an amazing journey you guys have embarked on – and it seems like it’s just the beginning… Good on you

  4. My god Pam is there anything you can’t do!!!! Well done to you both….she looks ready for her trip North x

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