Category Archives: Mariadz refit

Extending the pushpit

Everyone has some things they like and dislike about their boat.  There are probably two things that I can think of on Mariadz. The first is the wheel size compared to the gap in the cockpit.  The only way around the wheel is to go up on the cushions as there is no leg-width gap […]
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Swim platform fixing and improvements

In early 2016, we discovered a hydraulic leak from the rams that deploy and stow the swim platform.  After a time, this stopped the swim platform working and we knew we would need to do some work to get it fixed, as a long term fix rather than a short term bodge.  Immediately after it […]
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Bringing Formula 1 technology to Mariadz – or why every boat should have a spoiler/car port/helipad/tea tray/solar power

Lots of people brag about how fast their boats are and most of the time it is light hearted banter.  We have such a conversation with our friend Stig, since we chased his boat Wild Dream 2, up the Wallet when returning from Burnham on Crouch one time.  We gave them a one hour head […]
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A clean boat is a happy boat

One of the final jobs of our lift out was to clean up the hull, superstructure and deck.  As part of this we identified a few things that needed to be addressed.  Although cosmetic, this work adds some finishing touches and makes Mariadz look even prettier 🙂 The hull polish went very well and is […]
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Magic pontoon steps

So inspired by a video on facebook for a very posh dock box and with Maria’s upcoming birthday on the 16th August, necessity became the mother of invention and I decided to MAKE Maria’s present this year. Firstly, like any parent, Maria will have had presents made for her by the girls when they were […]
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Mariadz annual lift out and through hulls

Coinciding with our annual holiday to Italy, we decided to take Mariadz out of the water to have some essential work done.  There were a number of things on our list.  Firstly, earlier in the year we had a valve for a throughhull fail and we were concerned about certain others.  With our long term […]
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Time to come out of the water

I seem to remember getting told that a lot when on holiday, so it is fitting that Mariadz has been told this.  Today is the start of the annual lift out and maintenance period for Mariadz.  A chance to check a few things and do some fixes that aren’t possible in the water.  This year […]
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Servicing the windlass

On Mariadz, we have a 32Kg Rocna anchor and so we like to go out on anchor a fair bit. Just before we bought the Moody, the windlass failed and the previous owners had to replace it a few weeks before we took possession.  To be fair, it was pretty much the only thing that […]
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What’s that smell???

For some time Maria has been complaining that’s there is a funny smell in the saloon. It’s not there all the time and is sometimes disguised when the air freshener goes off but Maria wanted it traced. I either have to investigate the smell or buy Maria, and any guests, a nose peg! Our friend, […]
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Teak decks in need of a little TLC

We are big fans of teak decks although recognise that they are not everyone’s cup of tea and can get quite hot in warmer climates.  Some time ago I checked our decks which have worn away and now have 5-7mm of wood left. Apart from normal wear and tear and the slight impact of our […]
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