Sunday, 31 May 2015

Quest is back on the water!

My last update on Quest was back in February, Since then a lot of work has been
happening on the boat including:

* center of cabin fiber glassed
* frames and boards made for berths and epoxyed
* all interior fittings sealed and through bolted
* main hatch converted to take watertight lewmar hatch 
* inside cabin painted
* all  new deck fittings which were sealed and through bolted into place
* hull and deck painted
* new running rigging and pop rivets renewed on fittings
* rigging modifications (tiller tamer, reefing lines, topping lift, cockpit bags, compass bracket ,etc)
* 12v electrics installed (50ah battery, charger, led lighting, aux socket, voltmeter, vhf, echosounder)
* outboard motor service

Whilst it was never my intention to write regular updates on the progress on the boat, I have let the blog stagnate recently. So sorry about that! However the good news is that Quest is back on the water.

A "float test' and outboard run was undertaken a couple of days ago and confirmed that not a drop of water leaked into the bilge (horay!) and the outboard worked perfectly.  Yesterday I sailed Quest for the first time in nearly 2 years on Rutland Water, which was fantastic. All her modifications worked better than expected and I already have much more confidence in the little voyager 14. 

I will aim to get a post on the blog detailing the aforementioned modifications at some point soon.