Winterisation II – Freezing in January

After work slowed down coming into the christmas period, most of my spare time in Whitegate was spent clearing the engine room in order to prepare for a powerwash, and emptying the bilges in the front section, as she was taking on water. My original hopes for the front section was to empty them as close to dry as possible, clear out all of the silt, and then try to track down the source of the incoming water. This was suspected to be a number of finger or smaller holes, on the portside of the bow, as this was one of the worse sections, and it was not possible to patch before she was lifted from her original position in Carlow twelve months earlier. However, this incoming flow proved to be too much, and I eventually gave up after a number of cold nights spent bailing and getting nowhere. My attention was then turned to the engine room. The bilges needed to be cleaned, along with the walls and floors so that they could be painted, and the place would be spick and span for when the engine was ready. Again, this involved many nights in the dark, bailing out water which was slowly leaking back in again from rainwater and hidden compartments. My cousin Anna came down to help me a number of evenings, and was not only good with a paintbrush, but good moral support when priming some of the surfaces in the lounge area. These surfaces needed a good scrub and two layers of primer, as rust and dirt were not only a technical issue, but made the whole are look shabby. After a number of evenings doing such work throughout December and January, I lined up some of my mates from my Scuba Diving club for a weekends work in February 🙂

Anna Burke Helps me prime the Lounge
Anna Burke Helps me prime the Lounge
Anna Burke Helps me prime the Lounge
Anna Burke Helps me prime the Lounge
69.M in her Wintered Spot
69.M in her Wintered Spot
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
The Clam-Shell Bucket from the Removed Crane from 33.M, in storage
The Clam-Shell Bucket from the Removed Crane from 33.M, in storage
69.M sitting pretty on the shore, January 2015
69.M sitting pretty on the shore, January 2015
68.M and 77.M in Winter Storage, January 2015
68.M and 77.M in Winter Storage, January 2015
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, - Notice the Water Frozen Over !
ESB 1 & 2, 33.M and 77.M in their Wintered spots, – Notice the Water Frozen Over !
77.M sitting pretty under cover, January 2015
77.M sitting pretty under cover, January 2015
ESB  2 and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
ESB 2 and 77.M in their Wintered spots, during a freezing spell
77.M with cover in place against the elements, January 2015
77.M with cover in place against the elements, January 2015
Winter Sunset in Church Bay, from the deck of 77.M
Winter Sunset in Church Bay, from the deck of 77.M
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