Winter job list

Work starts in  John McFarlane’s big new shed at 10.00 am on Sunday 12 January – see Sue’s comment in last post

With Selkie safely inside (see pics of the trip across below) we’ve got two weeks to complete her winter maintenance, so here goes with the start of a job list. The good news is that it’s extremely short, as she’s travelled a lot of sea and road miles with remarkably little damage.

The hull will take a few days to dry out and we’ll start on the outside, which will be ready for the first session on Sunday. 

Please treat the following as a provisional list and feel free to add suggestions by way of comments.

 Outside of hull

Lightly sand the lowest five strakes to give a key. Apply two coats top coat.  

Repair small damaged section where stem has been caught by the trailer. This needs thickened epoxy, which can only be applied once the stem is totally dry, so this area must be kept clear of paint.

The sheerstrake requires touching up where needed. I don’t think it needs a complete coat of paint.

Inside of hull

Remove mast step and stroke footrest fitting. I’ll take these away and coat them with epoxy to stabilise them.

Remove thole pins.

Clean then sand interior, removing any paint runs etc. Apply two coats paint.

Forward Seat

Make and instal a seat to same pattern as the cox seat. We can measure for this and I’ll make a kit of parts for it.

We can source a piece of heavy duty netting to go under the seat as an alternative to a locker for the anchor, flares etc.


I’ll do a separate note about shifting the pin positions aft and changing the stroke side to starboard. Most of this to be done off the boat, apart from drilling the gunwales.


The existing ones at positions 1, 2 and 3 need adjusting to give intermediate positions, also to make them easier to use. Eventually we can make new ones if we adopt longer oars.

Launching trolley

Add some wood to position the bow in correct position when loaded on.

Road trailer

Adjust forward block so that it engages with the polyprop strip.

Drill number plate supports for pins to give a positive position.

Jan trip to Balvicar 1 Jan trip to Balvicar 2 Jan trip to Balvicar 3

3 thoughts on “Winter job list

  • January 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    A very good start to the work today – thanks to Louise for the refreshments!

    We plan to meet again at 1000 on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

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