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A New Look for 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Now that the hour has gone forward and the evenings are longer, progress in the boatyard has accelerated. Two weeks to go before launching. The long hours spent working on Dinah over the winter are starting to pay dividends as her new look takes shape. Yesterday we got the first impression of what the new “branding” will look like. Obviously we’ll have to wait until she’s in the water before passing final judgement, but so far I’m pleased with Dinah’s new look for 2011…

Shiny new tiller

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The original aluminium tiller had been bent, broken welded, broken, welded again, all by the previous owner.  It was also very wiggly.

A new tiller (thanks Richie!), of stainless steel has been fitted and a bit of bike tape applied.  Much stronger, marginally heavier.

new tiller

Cleaned and Painted!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Dinah spent the gloriously sunny June Bank Holiday ashore at the National Yacht Club. Bottom scrubbed, keel dings faired, two coats of antifoul, ballast water intake thru hull installed, hull given a mild polishing compound, lovely logo applied.

She was also weighed (empty) for IRC, bow and stern overhangs measured.  Sailmaker Des McWilliam called by for a conference and to take some measurements.

Click the pix to enlarge…



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Stuff on the Bridge

Friday, May 9th, 2008

At the transom, just aft of the rudder post, the boat has a crossover piece known as the bridge. Today we mounted a few items…

From left: at the top is a mushroom GPS receiver, just below is the Raymarine remote control for the auto pilot, then a Standard Horizon remote VHF transceiver with its plug socket. All of the cables travel under the bridge to the starboard side, then into the interior of the boat and on to the control panel and the nav station. Lots of wires and important to prevent chafing. The boat is stern to the marina berth.


We also fitted the Sea Me active radar repeater which gives an enormous radar return ping on ships (and a loud in-cabin noise on Dinah) when touched by another vessel’s radar signal. Using the Glomex fitting it can be rotated through 180 degrees: down for inshore racing or up above the pushpit for offshore.