05/26/2015 As good as new. On the docks, with final items being checked off. A great summer of cruising the coast of Maine awaits this like new Oyster 53. Click through the shots taken throughout the refit to see the extent of the transformation.
09/15/2014 Tired decks...
05/28/2015 Pretty new decks!
09/15/2014 prior to being removed, all deck hardware is labeled and assessed for functionality and safety.
05/28/2015 Deck hardware - replaced and ready for another 10,0000 miles...
09/15/2014 Some obviously needs to be replaced.
11/11/2014 All deck hardware meticulously labelled and stored.
11/11/2014 Original decks are off, now time to prep for new decks....
11/11/2014 No easy way to get the orginal decks off. Chisel, and plane...
12/01/2014 Decks are sanded, skim coated with Awlfair, and primed with Awlgrip 545 to fill in any voids and made smooth to be a receptive, impermeable surface for the new teak.
12/15/2014 Larry of Teakdecking Systems in to take a look on progress.
02/03/2015 Starting to install the bag for vacuuming down the new teak deck.
02/09/2015 A big teak puzzle is coming together beautifully
02/09/2015 Piece by piece...
04/02/2015 Bill re-installing deck hatches.
04/02/2015 New teak decks bring a well-traveled boat to like new.
After all deck hardware and hatches were removed there is no other way to get the decks off than to chisel and power-plane them off. Once this is accomplished the decks are sanded, skim coated with Awlfair, and primed with Awlgrip 545 to fill in any voids and made smooth to be a receptive, impermeable surface for the new teak. The Lewmar hatches will get new Lexan lens, o-rings, and gaskets. The Ocean Air hatch screens will also be replaced. In the rigging department, the mast will be repainted the original Pure White and a new lower section will be added to the head stay foil. Steve Tofield and the rigging crew will also service the windlass, replace halyards, service the in-boom furler motor and replace all seals. The motor will also be set up to take a drill chock in case of motor failure.
Since this yacht is a world traveler, it was time for a major upgrade in electronics. New systems may include AIS, Raymarine RD418HD radar and eSeries chart plotters. Decisions on which satellite data and voice communications systems to be installed have yet to be made. Mechanically, our team installed new engine mounts, cleaned heat exchangers, adjusted valves on the engine and changed the cutlass bearing, serviced the Maxi prop and straightened the shaft.
Osprey will launch May of 2015, and spend the summer cruising in Maine.