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.

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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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Stormy weather

Ever since we started working on the boat, the weather doesn’t really want to cooperate, so every time I plan to go to Vrsar, forecast predicts rain, but I now decided that stormy weather won’t bother me. If I can’t go to the boat, I will work in front of our sailing club on the wooden parts we took out from the interior.

Ever since we started working on the boat, the weather doesn’t really want to cooperate, so every time I plan to go to Vrsar, forecast predicts rain, but I now decided that stormy weather won’t bother me. If I can’t go to the boat, I will work in front of our sailing club on the wooden parts we took out from the interior.

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There’s a lot of work to be done. First I have to sand everything, than I will try to fix the holes and scratches and finally paint & varnish it all…

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Last weekend I started sanding and fixing the drawers. My friends Davor and Mario borrowed me a sanding machine and a multi master tool, Elvis helped me a bit, but it’s still going very slow… and the stormy weather in Zagreb isn’t helping. Patience…

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My friend Charlie & me

A few weeks ago when we were cleaning the boat for the first time, on our lunch break we went to the supermarket to buy something to eat and Maja spotted a dish washing detergent ‘Čarli’ (Charlie:) on sale. I thought we could use it to wash our hands, but as it turned out, it does so much more…

A few weeks ago when we were cleaning the boat for the first time, on our lunch break we went to the supermarket to buy something to eat and Maja spotted a dish washing detergent ‘Čarli’ (Charlie:) on sale. I thought we could use it to wash our hands, but as it turned out, it does so much more…

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This time I couldn’t find anyone to help me. Everyone was either working or sailing, so I went to Vrsar on the boat by myself… Charlie was the only one who was helping me. After seeing what Maja did with the kitchen, I decided to clean the whole boat. I tried to apply Čarli to see how it would work… and it was doing a great job, so I used it for everything. I have to admit that cleaning the locker in the bathroom was one of the scariest experiences I had in a long time. IT was completely covered in mould. It was really disgusting, but it had to be done.

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I borrowed from my friend Davor a sander and a hot air blower, so I wanted to try how they work, so I can prepare myself for what will be another big job on my list – stripping what is left of the paint and varnish in the interior.

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 I sanded the main bulkhead. It was going slow and it was actually much more difficult than I thought it would be. I stopped sanding because I realized that I will also need a vacuum cleaner, otherwise the whole boat would end up in a complete mess.

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I then tried the hot air blower. I was told that it should strip down the varnish easily, but I had a different experience with that. It worked really well on some places, not so well on other, but I learned that I will have to sand all areas anyway… but I found another great use for it. The interior is all very wet and humid, so the blower worked wonders to for the wood that would otherwise take forever to dry.

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Sometimes it was really difficult to find the motivation to keep working because all I see is more work and not much results. I guess it’s always easier to work with someone, so next time I’ll try harder to find some company other that Charlie… 🙂

A Woman’s Touch

Now I’m sure that if you want to do something properly, in the end… You will always need a woman’s touch…

I was taking the water out of the bilges and disassembling the wooden elements in the interior, so I can take them out. After a while, Maja came inside and said: ‘This looks even worse now!’ It was really demotivating to hear that, although it was probably true. I wanted to work inside the boat because it’s really hard to bread, but Maja insisted that she also wanted to go in and when she decides something… well, let’s just say that there is no stopping her… She simply doesn’t understand the word ‘No’.

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Maja slowly started to clean the galley, so I had no choice, but to let her do it… I tried to pull her out every now and then to get some air, but she just ignored me and kept on working. After a while, when I looked inside, I was amazed. She did an incredible job cleaning. The galley actually looked GOOD! I still can’t believe it. I know that it’s far from over. We will have to sand all of the wood in the interior and varnish it again, but this really gave me hope 🙂

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When I finally convinced Maja to finish the job inside (it was time to go home already), she started to clean the deck and the cockpit. Again, she did it with care..

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Now I’m sure that if you want to do something properly, in the end… You will always need a woman’s touch… 🙂

Baby Steps…

There is so much work to be done, it is difficult to plan what to do first… but to be honest, every little thing we do is an improvement, so patience will be essential! I always have to remember that.

I wanted to do some work last weekend, but again mother nature intervened. There was a bad weather forecast fo Saturday with strong southerly and rain, but I really wanted to do saomething, so Maja and me drove on Sunday morning. We left Zagreb at 6am, arrived to Poreč at 9am, had coffee and breakfast with our good friends, Andrej & Jelena and went to Vrsar on the boat.

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There is so much work to be done, it is difficult to plan what to do first… but to be honest, every little thing we do is an improvement, so patience will be essential! I always have to remember that. Baby steps 🙂

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Maja measured the hatches, because all of them are leaking and I would like to install new ones. Meanwhile, I measured the seacocks. I will have to replace all seacocks as soon as possible. They look like they are in bad shape and it’s the biggest worry for me now. I just hope they work for another couple of months before I haul the boat out to do the antifouling (mussels are growing under the waterline). I bailed some more water out of the bilges and took out the old radio, oven, gas bottles and some wooden panels to work on them in Zagreb.

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Andrej and Jelena came to visit us, so we took a break, had a beer, walked around Vrsar and commented on the boats moored in the neighborhood. When we came back to the boat, I was already a bit tired and I started to pack the things we took out from the boat to my car, but Maja was just warming up. She started to clean the galley and she just didn’t want to stop… The result was astonishing, amazing, incredible! But more about that I’m my next post…

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We left Vrsar at 7pm, got back to Zagreb  really tired at 10pm, but we found the strength to take everything out of the car to the basement which is now completely full of stuff from the boat..

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