Engine & Fuel
Yamaha petrol outboard
Also has VHF radio and a depth sounder.
We really have taken on a lot with Curlew. She was on
the River Avon at Bredon up until about a fortnight ago, and had been totally
neglected for over two years.
The boatyard manager craned her onto a trailer we had
hired locally and we brought her down the M5 to a boatyard on Totnes where we
are working on her.
When we first picked her up we were aware of quite a bit
of water slopping around in the bilges - when we lifted the boards we bailed
out about 45 gallons! She is now totally dry after all that bailing, loads of
damp absorbing crystals and the nice weather we are having at the moment.
It is probably best to list what we are going to do to
Repair damage to
Clean up hull and patch up where
necessary In progress
Nitromors wooden rubbing timbers on sides, rub down and
varnish In progress
Repaint to hull, and antifoul In
Remove all windows, clean up and replace
rubbers In progress
Replace polycarbonate windscreen windows and
rubbers In progress
Service to 20hp engine - scheduled for next
week In progress
Remove all old berth
Done (very smelly!)
Get new cushions
(also very smelly)
for samples to arrive
up for the ones I want - expensive!!
but not yet fitted
The only decent thing on the boat is the canoppy which
is fairly new and just needed a spray of mould remover and the windows cleaned
up, which is now all done.
All in all I think we got a fairly good bargain as we
only paid £2,000 for her and when all the work is done she ought to look a
When she is finished we intend keeping her on a mooring
on the Dart and use her up and down the river particularly visiting Dittisham
and Tuckenhay where there are lovely pubs!
Whilst writing I wonder if I could have your comments on
something - as I mentioned she is going to have a new coat of paint and
antifoul and I wonder if you are able to give me any indication on how far up
the hull we should position the antifoul line. My husband pointed out that
when she was in the water, the water level was way above the present antifoul
line, but that isn't surprising in view of the 45 gallons of water in her, she
was well on the way to sinking!!
Could I also have your comments on our engine - do you
think a 20hp will be powerful enough for the Dart, at times we can get quiter
a tide rip?
What do most people do with regard to a seat to steer -
do they fit seating, or steer standing up. If it is the latter, do they raise
the flooring to the cockpit as we are not quite tall enough to see where we
Last of all I am attaching a few "before" photos. You
probably have seen worse, but then there are a lot of boats an awful lot
Hoping you are able to reply with an answer to my
questions. There may be rather a lot in the future, do you mind helping us
out with some answers.