The DIY Restoration of a Small Yacht: Rudder Surgery (Part 2) & ‘Bringing Her Home’ (#5)

With the rudder being completely hollow, I wanted to fill it with a rigid, closed cell polyurethane foam to add stiffness, strength and reduce water ingress. Making that first cut was one of those ‘no turning back now’ moments, but after discovering what lay inside, I’m confident it was the right thing to do.

The DIY Restoration of a Small Yacht: Getting in and about the wee engine (#2)

The engine is among the most critical (and expensive) pieces of equipment on a boat, so it would, of course, be prudent to give it a full inspection and test run before any prospective purchase. The engine in question is a Yanmar 1GM10: an 8hp, single cylinder, raw water-cooled diesel engine. These small diesel engines are relatively simple beasts, so armed with the Yanmar workshop manual and the excellent ‘Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ (a book every boat should have on board), I felt confident enough to service the engine and carry out some basic fault diagnoses.

The DIY Restoration of a Small Yacht: An Introduction (#1)

On the 5th Feb 2018, I purchased a 26 foot, 54-year-old fibreglass yacht in need of some serious TLC. My plans are to spend the next year or so restoring the yacht and documenting its restoration in this blog post. I plan to strip her back and start again - inside and out – with the aim of taking her across the North Sea to Norway, up to Shetland and beyond.

Boat Power Consumption on 12v Systems

Before you begin reading, for an in-depth discourse on 12-volt electrics systems for boats, we would suggest obtaining a copy of “The 12 Volt Bible for Boats” which is generally lauded as a very good guide for using 12-volt power in a marine capacity, to fully understand what may be involved in setting up a … Continue reading Boat Power Consumption on 12v Systems