Category Archives: Mariadz refit

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 40Kg stainless Rocna anchor, that we changed soon after acquiring the Moody, 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 […]
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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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Fixing the engine – Part 4

We have done a fair bit of work on the engine over the last year and one of the last of the jobs we had identified was replacing all of the cooling hoses on the engine with new ones.  The old ones had been heat and age damaged and we thought we would take the […]
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Servicing the wenches (oops I mean winches)

We recognise as we go round the world that every six months or so that we will be servicing the winches.  This regime hasn’t started yet and at the beginning of the week I was still very much a wench winch virgin. We are fortunate to count as one of our friends Mat Jerram, who […]
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Taking a week fixing what broke in a weekend

We had an eventful weekend in the Stour and the broken list was extensive. Initially the large domestic alternator had broken down and I had disconnected this to try and prevent any further damage. The davits had stopped working and this seemed to be electrical in nature too. We still had a problem with water […]
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Entertainment (TV on a boat – yes I know, sorry)

Well there we go I have brought up the dreaded T word -TV. There seem to be a number of schools of thought on this. I go sailing to get away from the modern world including television There is nothing to watch on TV these days What channels are you going to get in Fiji […]
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