Category Archives: Dix 43 project

A flag for Waratah

Now it’s official. Last week I received the registration and flag certificate from the authorities in Germany. Waratah will sail under German flag, and her home port is Hamburg, the place where I was born.

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In the water!

We had a few very busy weeks making everything ready for launch. Lots of electrical equipment and the batteries had to be installed, lots of rework had to be done, stainless steel work, painting of the deck etc. etc. The … Continue reading

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A good week

We made a lot of progress this week. All the hatches and leaking dorade vents are done, the main sliding hatch is watertight now. The rudder gland packing is in, the anodes are on, and the hull has the first … Continue reading

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Fighting the leaks

Around all the hatches the rust in the gaps between the hatch frames and the deck has been converted, and primer applied. Today the fairing can start. The weather is still dry, so we will continue over the weekend. Found … Continue reading

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Getting started

Had a productive day yesterday. First I took all of the old exhaust hose and ductings out. Then refitted my water heater, which was installed and connected the wrong way. Placed all stanchion posts, and prepared everything to commission my … Continue reading

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Durban again

I am in Durban again since Sunday to finish Waratah. Got started by going through the list of works with my local contractor. The list is quite big, with most of it rework. Sloppy paint jobs, wrong welds on the … Continue reading

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Year of the Tiger

I just came back home from a relaxing week, camping out at Dianshan Lake. Away from the fireworks and noise of the city, that marked the coming of the new year of the Tiger. I did a bit of sailing … Continue reading

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