Where to start?
I have started to compile a summary list of projects needed for the refit of Wanda. One of the challenges so far is to stay focussed; each visit to Wanda leads to noticing more issues. The sheer amount of work to do can become overwhelming. The trick is to stay focussed on each problem, and thoroughly investigate each one before moving on to the next.
Preparation for the GRP repairs must be the main priority. Wanda can be moved to a yard closer to me once the GRP repairs have been completed – currently I have a 90 minute drive each way. I can then work through the remainder of the projects in my own time. Water ingress is another main issue requiring immediate attention. The broken cap rail, the leaking teak deck, and deck hardware without adequate bedding are all contributing to significant amounts of water entering the cabin.
I am concerned by the evidence of filler along the waterline, which was not mentioned in the survey. To my knowledge Wanda had not been repaired at all after the storm damage; therefore this could indicate a previous incident. I would like to scrape some of the bottom coat away to check the extent of the filler. I might also get another surveyor to take a look before we start the GRP work.
There are also some cracks in the saloon cabinetry which were not picked up in the survey. These appear to align with the impact/stress cracks on the hull. It could be that the impact had caused damage beyond the stress cracks on the hull GRP; to find out for sure I need to inspect the shell. Therefore at this stage I think the best thing to do is disassemble the port side cabinetry in the saloon to expose the shell. I can then have a thorough assessment done by a decent surveyor before we start the GRP repairs.
In the mean time all I can do is write up a project list for what I now at this stage, and next visit start to strip back some of the interior cabinetry.