Every little helps

It’s been a while now since I returned home to Zagreb and I am getting a bit frustrated because everything seems to be happening very slowly, but my friends are trying to help me.

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It’s been a while now since I returned home to Zagreb and I am getting a bit frustrated because everything seems to be happening very slowly, but my friends are trying to help me.

Maja bought a new Croatian flag, info chart, teak oil, polishing paste for stainless steel and a cleaner for the water tank, Zoran was in Vrsar the other day and noticed that one of the stern lines snapped, so he replaced it and said that he will pump out the water from the bilges, I was in Rijeka with Elvis and we bought a new exhaust pipe for the engine, gelcoat filler and a new windex and we ordered a new stainless steel fuel tank.

The progress is slow… but every little helps. 🙂

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Electricity

I new from the start that after years of neglect, all the cables, wiring, connections, control panel and batteries had to be replaced. I don’t know much about electric installations, so I was really worried about that… until my good friend Kruno called me one day and offered to help!

I new from the start that after years of neglect, all the cables, wiring, connections, control panel and batteries had to be replaced. I don’t know much about electric installations, so I was really worried about that… until my good friend Kruno called me one day and offered to help! YES, PLEASE! 🙂

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Kruno is an engineer who lives on a 10-meter sailing yacht that he refitted and equipped himself, so he knows everything there is to know about my problems. He anchored his boat in front of Vrsar and waited for me to come. It took him only 15 minutes to make me a shopping list, so he could start working. It took me a bit more than that to buy everything though. Mario who is a member of my ‘Dobro More’ Yacht Club sponsored me and his company ‘Kibernetika’ payed for the most expensive cables for the anchor windlass. THANK YOU MARIO!!

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When I got back to Vrsar, Kruno started working on the new electric installation. He was incredible. Really fast and productive. He did everything himself in just a couple of days, including a complete wiring plan. He also saved me a lot of money by fixing some of the old switches and giving me recommendations on where to buy thing cheap. THANK YOU KRUNO!!!

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The work is not completely finished. There is still a few more things to buy and install – navigation lights, VHF station, repair the fridge and anchor windlass… but everything else works!! 🙂

Men Wanted!

‘HIR 3’ needs crew! I would like to invite everyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the legendary sailing yacht to contact me. I need all the help I can get… because sooner we restore her, the sooner we can sail together!

‘HIR 3’ needs crew! I would like to invite everyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the legendary sailing yacht to contact me. I need all the help I can get… because sooner we restore her, the sooner we can sail together!!!

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We need equipment (the list below), help with working on the boat, electric installation, rigging check, promotion and fundraising, marketing, PR, crowd funding, photography and film making.

Equipment list:
– Ropes
– VHF DSC radio station
– Batteries, charger & cables
– Navigation lights
– Cushions
– Lazy bag, bimini & spray hood
– Spinlock tiller extension
– Winch handles
– Charts & Pilotbooks
– Lifejackets
– Lifebuoy
– Fog horn
– Barometer, thermometer & clock
– Flares
– Stove
– Gas installation
– Sea anchor
– Fire extinguishers
– Fenders

You can find us online:

Blog in Croatian: http://blog.vecernji.hr/hir3
Blog in English: https://hir3.wordpress.com/
E-mail: sasa.fegic@gmail.com
Mobile: +385 (0) 98 389 482
Skype: crosail
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sailingyacht.hir3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iJedrenje
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/sasa-fegic/60/554/a65
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ijedrenje
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/crosail

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I would also like to thank everyone who already helped with the project. Thanks to Maja for the work and support,  Jelena & Andrej for the hospitality and help, Tomislav for the work at the very beginning, Mario for borrowing the multi master tool, Davor for restoring the tiller and borrowing the tools, Tomislav for donating the protection masks, Elvis for all the work on antifouling, support and sponsorship, Special thank to Kruno for everything he did with the new electric installation and hospitality on his boat… and thanks to everyone who got in touch and supported the project. THANK YOU ALL!!!

True colors

I finally decided that it was the time to start painting the interior. I just couldn’t watch the boat like that anymore, so I had to do it to boost my moral:)

I finally decided that it was the time to start painting the interior. There might be more important jobs to do, but I had to make the cabin more appealing. I just couldn’t watch the boat like that anymore, so I had to do it to boost my moral:)

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I‘ve put on my working clothes, mask and gloves and then I started… First I put one coat of primer, which actually bleached the wood, and then another coat. After that I painted it and finally I varnished the wood.

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It was really a difficult job to do, because even though I opened all the hatches and windows and in spite of the fact that I had a mask on all the time, I just couldn’t stay inside for more than half an hour at the time because of all the (probably toxic) evaporation from the paint. The only real joy was the swim I took at the end of every day.

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It was a long and painful process, but it had to be done… The only problem was that when I was finished, it all looked much better, except the bilges that looked simply awful, so although I didn’t plan to do it, I then painted the bilges too.

I know that there is still a lot of work to be done, but I think she looks much better now… 🙂

Tiller

The first time I checked the boat it was good to see that the original tiller made of solid teak was still there, so I took it off and brought it to my friend Davor for restoration.

The first time I checked the boat it was good to see that the original tiller made of solid teak was still there, so I took it off and brought it to my friend Davor for restoration.

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Davor who is a great guy and runs a boatbuilding school for kids repaired a few holes, cleaned it and put some teak oil… and it looked great!! THANK’S Davor!!!

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Multimaster

I finally went back to the boat for a few days after a long period of waiting for a good opportunity. A friend of mine, Mario from my Dobro More sailing club borrowed me a great tool – Multimaster, so I wanted to try it.

I finally went back to the boat for a few days after a long period of waiting for a good opportunity. A friend of mine, Mario from my Dobro More sailing club borrowed me a great tool – Multimaster, so I wanted to try it.

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As soon as I got there, I started sanding the wooden interior and stripping down the paint with it. Works great, I really liked it… The only problem is that there is solo much wood, which means there is a lot of work to be done.

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I was sanding the inferior for almost four days, but there is still a lot more waiting to be done next time.
Summer has arrived, so it was hot and the pontoon next to the boat was full of Italian 20+ meter motor yachts every day. It felt strange working next to these guys, but I have to admit that I really wasn’t jealous at all. I can’t understand why would anyone want one of these motor yachts.

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At the end of the day, a skipper from one of the big motor yachts recognized ‘Hir 3’ and was interested if she will sail again. It’s a nice feeling when other people recognize what I am doing 🙂

New hatches

One of my biggest worries is the fact that the boat is leaking everywhere – next to the mast, hatches, portholes… It will probably take me a long time to fix everything, but I guess I have to start somewhere. I decided to fix one problem – new hatches.

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One of my biggest worries is the fact that the boat is leaking everywhere – next to the mast, hatches, portholes… It will probably take me a long time to fix everything, but I guess I have to start somewhere. I decided to fix one problem – new hatches. My friends Andrej & Jelena were going to Trieste to buy some equipment for their boat and I found hatches that I thought would work in the Motomarine catalog, so I asked them if they could buy them form me there. They weren’t exactly cheap, but I have already made the decision to buy them. It was quite a big job to take the old hatches down and to install new ones, so I decided to leave it to the professionals and hired a local boat service company to do it.

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They look great and more importantly, they are watertight!! 🙂

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