DODGER ON A TRAVEL LIFT!

We reveal the answer to that question about what the log bearing is made of…

As the haul-out travel lift came lumbering towards us, it was a lesson in hope, guts and teamwork. The rain poured and the wind howled round the yard, swinging our shiny dodger from the haul-out crane a little more than anyone liked.

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Putting on the log bearing. click image for video!

Liz and Millie hid below listening to seven men shouting in two languages outside, while the crane creaked and the dodger was slowly lowered onto our newly painted cockpit combing. The crane could not bring the dodger in from behind because our mizzen mast is in the way, so it came alongside, almost touching the spreaders as it swung the dodger sideways.

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The log bearing was proving difficult to source, but after some detective work and a chat with Oyster, we discovered that the material used back in 1988 was Tufnol®. We’ve since found out it will be easier to source/replace using Torlon®, which we’ll make to size here in the marina.

Removing the log bearing.

The stainless team continued work on the davits, adding a frame for the new solar panel waiting for us in Pangkor. They are also strengthening the original system in preparation for the foul conditions we are likely to encounter during the forthcoming easterly ocean crossing. This means the poles no longer swing out and are locked in place with reinforced corners.

Now that the dodger is in place, it was time to call in the canvas expert. We will use Strataglass clears and Sunbrella for the work, as well as track and cord, all of which we have sourced in Phuket. But the real challenge is to add the canvas work. We want to be able to open the cockpit area up as much as possible for warm climates, but enclose it entirely in the cold. It also needs to withstand what the ocean will throw at us. Wira and his assistant, Pom, took measurements and sketched up some ideas.

wira makes his preliminary sketches

As always, thanks for your fantastic support!

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