Refit 2012 to 2013

We sailed Enterprise  from Brighton down to Gosport in February 2012. From February to April she was out of the water She was completely checked over and had full servicing of sails, rigging, engine and also many new bits and pieces added to make her ready for the Portugal Rally 2012 and for further Blue Water duties in the years to come.

We repeated the process from May – Aug 2013 by sailing Enterprise down to Willett Marine Services at Shamrock Quay, Southampton for phase II of the refit – the list had got longer based on the experience of the Portugal Rally 2012.

Although we have owned a boat for the past 12 years we have never undertaken such a large scale refit(s), and it was way beyond my skill and confidence levels – although I know many people do much of this work themselves. So we trusted a variety of well respected shipwrighting companies at Brighton and in the Solent area to carry out the work.

What I have learned is that you really cannot leave the project management to chance. Things take much longer than you think and getting the right people at the right time is a real headache – they are all so busy!…. Unfortunately for us we only discovered Willett Marine after the first year had past. Had we come across them earlier we would probably have had them to everything. Nevertheless, you need to be on the case virtually every day.

The compensating factor was that the standard of workmanship was excellent and the patient and generous advice of the various engineers and craftsmen has been invaluable for me, but patience is the name of the game. My advice is don’t get your boat refit in Spring – wait till the Autumn/Winter months when the boat yards and the craftsmen are less busy!.

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Engine deep service inc. new Volvo belts (2012) Gosport Boat Yard / Motortech
Replace engine hoses with fire retardent type (2013) Willett Marine
Install Racor fuel filter/water separator  (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Fit Speedseal impeller Gosport Boat Yard
Replace all seacocks and skin fittings with DZR (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Generator service (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Generator rebuild (2013) Southern Shipwrights
Service shaft, renew stuffing box, replace cutless bearing (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
New Darglow Featherstream folding prop (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
New Ambassador rope cutter (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Fit existing fixed prop in fwd locker as spare (2013) Willett Marine
Hull & Shipwrighting
Replace all skin fittings and all ball valves with DZR (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Grind back cast iron keel; prime; coppercoat (2013) Willett Marine
Gas system service and certification (2012) Gas Check Marine
New boat name (2012) BrightNClean
New boot line (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
New antennae mast (2012) Southern Welding & Polishing
New outboard crane (2012) Southern Welding & Polishing
Install fresh/sea water feed to fwd heads (2012) Southern Shipwrights
Replace all heads pipework to fwd heads (2012) Southern Shipwrights
Install fwd fresh/sea water deck wash & new pump (2012) Southern Shipwrights
Repair and renew teak decks (2012) Gohl Marine
Repair and renew teak steps on sugar scoop (2013) Willett Marine
New sea water supply to generator (2013) Willett Marine
Hull repair small chips / diamond polish (2013) Willett Marine
Renew coach lines (2013) Willett Marine
Renew seal and paint doghouse (2013) Willett Marine
Strip and reseal doghouse teak roof and teak grab rails (2013) Willett Marine
Relocate inverter/charger & battery bank of 5 AGM’s (2013) Willett Marine
Renew charging / monitoring circuits (2013) Willett Marine
Rationalise engine;domestic;bow thruster; windlass power circuits (2013) Willett Marine
Sails & Rigging
Replace all standing rigging (2012) Solent Spars
Self tailing Lewmar winches x 3 (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Replace all running rigging (2012) Solent Spars
New Selden bowsprit (2012) Solent Spars
New spinnaker pole rigging (2012) Jerry the rigger
New jack stays (2012) Jerry the rigger
Check & tune standing rigging (2012) Jerry the rigger
Removable inner forestay (2012) Jerry the rigger
New cruising chute (2012) Arun Sails
New storm sail (2012) Arun Sails
Replace Furlex system and fwd stay (2012) Solent Spars
Replace Furlex tang on stemhead (2012) Solent Spars
Clean, repair, re-cut sails for new Furlex (2012) Arun Sails
New Wichard Gybe Easy boom brake (2012) Jerry the rigger
Jordan Series drogue (2012) Oceanbrake
Emergency washboards (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
EPIRB service (2012) Sartech
ISO 9650 liferaft (6 man) (2012) Ocean Safety
>24hr grab bag (6man) (2012) Ocean Safety
Various – danbuoy, life ring, life jackets, flares etc.. (2012) Force4
Various – boat hook, shapes, flag set, fog horn, torches etc.. (2012) Force4
Install Rocna 33Kg anchor / modify bow roller (2013) Willett Marine
Install old Bruce 30Kg anchor as kedge (2013) Willett Marine
New cooker guard (2012) Gosport Boat Yard
Install Dessalator water maker (2013) Willett Marine /AdvanceYacht
Install 3 way water feed and twin water guages (2013) Willett Marine
Install new ParMax 4 main water pump (2013) Willett Marine
Modify storage in cupboards (2013) Willett Marine
Install better insulation to fridge (2013) Willett Marine
Modify storage in fridge (2013) Willett Marine
Install LED saloon and cabin lights (2013) Willett Marine
Install fans x 4 (2013) Willett Marine
New Sony stereo (2013) Willett Marine
New LED tricolour / anchor light (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Iridium 9555 sat phone (2012) MailASail
Install 12v charger for Iridium sat phone (2013) Willett Marine
New Raymarine e125 chartplotter (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Raymarine AIS650 (2012) Oceans Electronics
Raymarine Sealtalk/NMEA/200 integration (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Raymarine Digital Radar (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Raymarine Autopilot head (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Raymarine Smart Pilot Course Computer (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Echomax Passive Reflector (2012) Oceans Electronics
New Echomax Active X (2012) Oceans Electronics

Refit items ToDo – 2012/13

  • Install bimini
  • Service generator
  • Remote panel for Victron inverter/charger
  • Install wifi booster / hotspot
  • Improve locker storage aft deck
  • Anchor rode for kedge anchor
  • Check gooseneck fitting
  • Service all winches
  • Re model tool & spares storage area

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