A few weeks ago I wrote that we are doing the bottom renovation (new epoxy primer+antifouling) during this winter. Unfortunately, we found out that soda blasting is not allowed in Raisio, where S/Y Dolphin Dance is laid-up for winter. Thus, this job has to be postponed until next autumn. There is no way we would have enough time to scrape the antifouling and the primer layers during this autumn. Nevertheless, the hull should be well dried before adding the new layer of epoxy barrier coat, so the scraping of the bottom cannot be left until spring. Thus, the current plan is to sand blast the underwater hull next autumn, put the boat in a warm hall for the winter and paint new epoxy barrier coat the following spring.
We have had very warm autumn and temperatures are well above zero. However, the boat is now fully prepared for winter. Now that things are getting easier with the boat maintenance, it is good time to plan some gear updates. As mentioned earlier, we need to replace the fridge compressor so we are now comparing different models.
Lately, I have been looking for possibility for installing a bow thruster. HR 29 is quite a heavy boat, and due to the longish keel, steering backwards is not very efficient. A bow thruster would definitely help. Unfortunately, the normal tunnel bow thruster may be difficult to install, because the water and septic tanks in HR 29 are located in the fore peak. The installment might require some modifications on those, so this might be a bigger project. Another thing we would like to have for next season is a bowsprit for gennaker. Until now we have been using the gennaker attached to a pullpit. However, it would be more practical to use roller furling gennaker with a small bowsprit, like this stainless steel tube that is used in new HRs: