Current Corsair status:
Corsair is now nearly fifty years old and has some typical old boat issues.
There will always be a gradual deterioration in the fabric of a vessel
considering the hostile environment in which it has to live, and the stresses
and strains to which it is subjected. This is particularly the case in Corsair’s
case because unlike the vast majority of boats she has not lain little used in a
safe marina berth all her life. If the legend is true, she has completed two
circumnavigations. The quality of hardware and the functionality of the layout
indicates that this vessel is quite capable of having done so. It is also evident
in the wear and tear of the fabric of the vessel that she has put tens of
thousands of miles under her keel.
We have several action to take to complete the Corsair refurbishment.
Category 1 recommendations are safety related defects
Category 2 recommendations relate to defects which affect the operation of
the vessel in normal use
Category 3 recommendations relate to conditions which are cosmetic or may
effect the perceived value of the vessel
(Cat 1) Blast clean the areas of visible corrosion internally
(Cat 1) Cut out and re-plate the areas of hull below minimum thickness
(Cat 1) Repair pin hole in generator space, investigate other areas of erosion
(Cat 1) Cut open the plating on the keel sides and replace the ballast
(Cat 1) Remove all bronze or brass flush deck fittings, refit Marelon fittings
(Cat 1) Repair steel deck to the former shower/toilet compartment
(Cat 1) Replace the toe rail section on the port quarter
(Cat 1) Provide a firm foothold less than 1 metre below the skylight
(Cat 1) Install appropriately sized tapered soft wood bung to the skin fittings
(Cat 1) Replace the guardwires
(Cat 1) Replace all the fuel hoses with fuel hose to ISO 7840 A2
(Cat 1) Repack the stuffing box gland with maintenance free packing
(Cat 1) Replace all the running rigging.
(Cat 1) Service the fire extinguisher and add extinguishers and blanket
(Cat 1) Make an extinguisher hole in the engine cover and fit a bung.
(Cat 2) Consider re-plating the doubled areas of the hull bottom
(Cat 2) Replace the anodes. Consider installing smaller button anodes
(Cat 2) Remove tingles to transom and repair plating in the proper manner
(Cat 2) Grit blast the topsides, only the areas which show corrosion
(Cat 2) Grit blast the deck head back to bare metal
(Cat 2) Grit blast areas of deck coating which are showing flaking or corrosion
(Cat 2) Re-bed the acrylic glazing to the forward coachroof hatches
(Cat 2) Clean and service the self-tacking jib sheet track
(Cat 2) install a pair of T tracks with adjustable genoa cars & stand up blocks
(Cat 2) Install an engine oil cooler to the engine
(Cat 2) Provide dedicated ventilation ducts to the engine space
(Cat 2) Remove engine and have a bottom and top end rebuild.
(Cat 2) Check alignment of short cardan shaft between gearbox and V drive.
(Cat 2) Install a variable restriction in the V drive cooling water supply
(Cat 2) Install inspection hatches into the fuel tanks and steam clean
(Cat 2) Replace the shaft anode.
(Cat 2) Consider installing a new four blade propeller of 20 x 13
(Cat 2) Weld new rudder stops to the hull to limit the travel of the rudder
(Cat 2) Redesign and make new rudder and skeg profile to NACA 0012
(Cat 2) Replace the running backstay wires
(Cat 2) Repair the gooseneck pivot
(Cat 2) Re-fasten the stack pack retaining channels.
(Cat 2) Replace or repair the reefing winch to the mizzen mast
(Cat 2) Reverse the way the furling drum is wound, change the angle of lead
(Cat 2) Install inspection hatches into the water tanks and steam clean
(Cat 2) Install a voltage dropper to supply 12 volts from the 24 volt supply.
(Cat 2) Check the wiring of the steaming light on the electrical panel.
(Cat 3) Replace the acrylic glazing to the coachroof sides.
(Cat 3) When permanently installing toilet use odour free sanitation hose.