Thursday, 8 October 2015

Re-fitting the Finesse 24 centreplate

Just after re-commissioning 'Enfys' I booked a lift-out at East Llanion Marine on The Haven and the day before we were due to take the boat up I delivered the de-rusted and painted centreplate by road to the yard.
On the beach at Angle I had laboured long and hard to extract the ends of the severed bolt - it was a heck of a job! I actually had to drill and chisel the nut off before driving the bolt out with a drift. A new bolt, nut and washers had been obtained and such is the nature of these things, on a certain online auction site, I ended up buying them from three different sellers! The bolt on our F24 is an M24 and is 180mm long.
Job done - waiting to re-launch
We delivered 'Enfys' to the yard on a morning tide she was lifted and positioning the plate she was lowered onto it and onto temporary blocks. The 'plate was jacked up into place and the new bolt inserted. I used a trick that I do on mooring shackles and that is to wrap several turns of PTFE tape round the threads in the hope that the nut will delay rusting on! The recess was filled with some Sikaflex and the 'plate was jacked up again and the winch wire reconnected. Job done I had to wait for the evening tide for the yard to pop her back in the water.
Positioning the centreplate under the keel.

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