Half Time Boat Maintenance
The repair and maintenance work continues. Part of this was the half-time boat lift as we have now completed near enough half of the circumnavigation. Our lift highlighted a number of reasons as to perhaps why our boat seemed slower than others in a straight drag race……
Number 1: We found a length of line stuck in the gears that allow the propellor to fold up. If it doesn’t fold then we get more drag and the boat is slower….. It should fold up like thus:
Number 2: Our keel and rudders, plus parts of the hull had NO anti-fouling on and so were carrying round there own little Eco-systems! We compared the state of our hull to others and they were considerably cleaner with almost no growth!!
It took the man with the jet wash quite a bit longer to clean the hull of our boat than the others.
Mind you Garmin had a nice dint in their keel 😉
Number 3: Our rudder blades are misaligned two ways; 1) they don’t face in the same direction so causing more drag, 2) the toe in angle is the wrong way round, they should be toe’d in not out.
Sir Robin came across to have a look as he was fitting the bowsprit back to GBR and pointed out what was wrong and what we need to do to correct it.
The spanners will therefore be coming out in the morning!
Number 4: The starboard rudder is damaged again creating more drag.
None of this helps with a short handed crew though – any volunteers???