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Maintenance

 

You may wonder what goes into keeping your boat ship-shape?  Well, I followed Julie around for the last few years and this is what goes into it.  Typically not so big to be called ‘Projects’, though a crucial component of boat ownership.  Many maintenance tasks are actually created when Boat-Cleaning is carried out, and this has become an important component of our maintenance regime.  Jay Nem (CPJ Cleaning Product Junkie) is the   ‘go-to’ source for all boat-things that shine.     (Tell you the truth, it’s all a labour of love   ;  )

 

We’re slowly gathering it all together, and should have everything posted by the end of October (2015).  You’ll know when this page is up-to-date, when I remove this sentence.     ;  )     Please check-in soon.

 

 

1. Stainless Steel

2. Anchor & Ground-tackle

3. Dinghy

4. Varnishing

5. Underwater Maintenance  /  Prop Cleaning

 

 

 

Keeping the Stainless Steel shiny

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this sort of grime accumulates regularly. Perhaps we can go a month before we hit it again

 

 

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Oh Yeah,,, that’s what I’m talking about. This ‘instant-reward’ maintenance is the type I actually like

 

 

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Dorade vent on top of Pilot House deckhead   –  out of site – out of mind?

 

 

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Not a chance! CPJ has gone over every piece of stainless steel onboard INFINITY with a toothbrush.        No, I’m not joking.    Our 14 year-old Nordhavn shines like new.

 

 

 

CPJ, Harley & I, dinghied over to N62 Pendana one fine morning for coffee & stickies.  The conversation rolled around to the days’ chores ahead.  James pondered his awkward stainless projects, declaring an unlikely resolution.  CPJ accepted the challenge,,, and Ta-Dah!

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What happened here?  Two weeks in Hilo Harbor at anchor.  Upon reflection, we believe the Volcanic sulphur caused this corrosion.  No matter, CPJ made this a relatively easy task to get things back to gleaming-shiny again.

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Maintaining things  “Just so”

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we enjoy seeing the aft end in good order 

 

CPJSSSpotless Stainless | Brush On, Rinse Off Rust  – this is what is so attractive about the product, no polishing needed!

 

 

 

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Bi-annual Anchor Chain service

Every two years we remove the anchor chain from the boat and inspect all components of the ground-tackle system.  I lash the anchor to the forward rail, disconnect the chain, and then power-down the chain to the quayside.  Hand-over-hand, it’s laid out and inspected for wear-&-tear.  The chain is then blue-steeled at the anchor end, and color-coded for appropriate depths.  I like (need) to keep things simple, so our depth markings are:

100′  =  red
200′  =  white
300′  =  red/white
380′  =  several ‘day-glo’ tie-wraps

 

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the chain is laid out / close visual inspection ensues

 

 

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short pow-wow,  then the chain-gang starts the day’s work

 

 

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first coat

 

 

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second coat, and chain-gang still smiling (almost)

 

 

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the hardest woking, most professional team I’ve ever worked with

 

 

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Done.  Miller Time!  the cocktail hour is upon us : )   The chain will lay out over night and be brought back onboard the next morning

 

 

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loaded onboard INFINITY’s chain locker

 

 

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It just gives me satisfaction looking at it.  Every time that anchor goes over-the-side, I know every inch has been inspected and will serve us well.  Feels good.

 

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Dinghy Cleaning

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just one month

 

 

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yep,,, just 4 short weeks in the water is all it took for this disaster.    I took 4 Xanax.

 

 

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I considered crying,,, then called CPJ

 

 

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Jay got stuck-in, & outlined the program for the day.

 

 

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I couldn’t believe it either,, but I was happy

 

 

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Very Happy!

 

 

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freakin’ gleamin!   Few beers on the upper aft deck that night.

 

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Varnishing

To get the ‘look’ takes a bit of work; it’s what I’m hearing.  The CPJ team commence another 6 monthly

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“let’s buy a boat”  he says,,,,, “it will be fun”  he says……. b#*^%$*

 

 

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Underwater Maintenance  /  Prop Cleaning

Every 2-3 months, you’ve got to get in the water and clean the prop yourself,,, (best way).  I found a 12v tool specifically designed for the task, and it’s been doing a great job so far.  The tool, a Wave Blade, may leave a barnacle ‘footprint’ behind but will take the prop down to a ultra-smooth finish.  Fuel burn turns to ‘exemplary’ standard once it’s been done.

 

 

 

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