Nimrod was supposed to be lifted out of the water at Manoel Island on October 1st but she was taken round to the boatyard a day early, which was fine as our mooring contract ran out on the 1st anyway. The first job was to sandblast the cast iron keel that had become very rusty and so the coppercoat was not working properly. Then a thick coat of epoxy filler was applied followed by several coats of Interprotect. This should then form a sufficient barrier to stop any rust forming on the keel in the future. The Coppercoat will then be applied when the rainy season has passed!
We will go out to see her some time in the new year, probably once the coppercoat has been applied. We have requested a summer berth at Msida again but we won’t know until around March time as to whether we have been successful. If not, we thought we’d give Ragusa on the southern Sicilian coast a try.