Category: Brightwork

Phew! Work completed to date!!

Tony and Karin purchased Arabella (now renamed Mayaluga) in Seattle July 2013 without any illusions as to her condition.  We knew she was definitely a fixer-upper that needed a lot more than simple TLC.  We felt that her honest construction and good reviews as an offshore cruiser made it a worthwhile project.   Three prior owners […]

Phase I project list

Shortlist of Phase I projects that have been identified: Rewire Hobbs Meter – insertion of ignition key should not activate elapsed time, only running engine (complete) Replace raw water pump (complete) Re-engineer access to gearbox dipstick and filler (complete) Fix Morse throttle cable control in binnacle (complete) Remove redundant wiring (partially complete) Replace fire extinguishers/relabel (complete) Service all through-hull fittings (complete) […]

Free Wheeling!

The time has come!  Tony has been so diligent with all of the work on Arabella, its time for me to step up to the plate.  I committed to strip our magnificent teak wheel – original piece on Arabella – and refinish it.  Its a rainy Sunday here in Victoria, BC, so what better time […]

Interior Refurbishing Started!

Now that the plumbing is behind us, and the head compartment has been redone, we have finally started on fixing the non-structural stuff on the inside. The ceiling is 2″ x 1″ wood strips painted white.  Brushmarks were clearly visible where it had been recoated over the years.  Most of it has now been sanded smooth […]

Cockpit Varnished

Arabella has far more wood (teak) visible than most boats that are even built of the stuff.  Although a fibreglass vessel, brightwork abounds everywhere, and it all needs revitalization.  Way back, the exterior teak must have been varnished, but over the years it has been covered with Cetol without removing the residual patches of varnish. […]