Artisans’ Flag Ship Refit 2016-17
The S/V Enchant, a 1999 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, is the Flag Ship of Artisans Custom Mattress, Inc. Regular refits over the past 17 years has been an important part of safety at sea. The very first upgrade of was custom Tempur-Pedic® mattresses in all three staterooms. That event led to the formation of Artisans Custom Mattress (originally TEMPUR Marine) in 1999. This year, the deck and bottom are getting a major makeover. A detailed inspection revealed no fiberglass blisters anywhere! Additional equipment upgrades are planned as well.
Enchant has sailed the Caribbean, North Atlantic and, for the past 10 years, the Great Lakes.
Enchant has thousands of miles under the keel and prefers adventures on the hook rather than marinas. That translates into more than a few scratches and nicks. Before these abrasions become holes allowing water to penetrate into the core, they must be repaired. Of course out Best Mate, Julie, insist that the deck must look good as well. Captain Dale requires the bottom to be properly sealed and fair.
Choosing the right company for expert fiberglass repair is easy in Bay City, Michigan. Bay Harbor Marina (http://www.bayharborbaycity.com/) has been a friend to Enchant since 2006, where she was refit after first sailing into The Great Lakes.
Pictures of Enchant will be posted as these latest repairs progress.
October 31st, 2016
The deck is getting attention first. Grinding our cracks and chips and patching.
November 28th, 2016
So far so good! The reliable team at Bay Harbor Marina continue to make excellent progress on Enchant’s repairs. The cockpit is looking very good, about 90% done. The deck issues are filled and all the new gelcoat has been applied. Sanding and buffing are in progress. The two new compasses are on board and ready to be installed and the teak needs to be refreshed.
The bottom scraping is the big dirty job. The bottom is sealed off with a giant bubble tent. The fan forward is pushing clean air in and keeping a relative positive pressure inside the bubble while the slow exit fan with the air filter is on the aft end collecting dust. Charlie, the man in the space suit inside the bubble, has a lot surface to clean.
Now that the bottom is clean, it is ready to be sealed and then the bottom paint applied.The critical timing for cleaning, sealing and painting the bottom helps insure a long service life.
December 13th, 2016
She is going to slip and slide through the water like the first day she splashed thanks to her new bottom finish.
December 17th, 2016
The major projects have been completed. The cleanup reveals a great looking vessel.
The new compasses have been installed.
In the spring, a few more projects will get attention. Hopefully there is time between the winter thaw and the spring launch to complete the remaining jobs including replacing the rub rails, topsides cleaning, buffing and polishing, installing a new wind instrument, deck lights on the spreaders, replacing some water pumps, and of course all the regular spring cleaning and polishing.
She is ready to leave the work shop and sit in the winter storage unit until the snow melts and more equipment arrives.