Refit

Refit

This page describes the past refits and the possible new refits. L’Odyssée has not been out of the water for 4 years and needs some work. Structurally she is all sound  but she is in need of some immediate work.

Past refits and recent service / maintenance

2006 Refit “Melita Marine Shipyard”, Malta

In 2006 L’ODYSEE commenced a restoration at Melita Marine Shipyard in Malta. The yacht has been almost completely rebuilt with 80% of her hull planking being replaced, some frames being replaced and a new teak deck.

Malta 2006
Malta 2006
Malta 2006

When we replaced the hull planking it was mainly because the steel galvanised fastening nails lost their galvanisation and left rust stains on the hull. When we started to remove the planks and the nails it was obvious that these needed to be changed. Right where the frames touch the hull planking the nails have been weakened the most.

Galvanised Nails from Hull Planks have been all replaced with Stainless Steel A4 Screws.
Buckets full with old Galvanised Nails

All galvanised nails on the Hull Planking have been removed except some coming from the top of the deck down into covering corner piece. These nails give rust stain on the Hull and need to be all replaced once the Teak Capping Rail has been removed.

Those nails are not easy accessible with the Capping Rail in place.

2 Rust Stains from nails which have not been removed and changed with Stainless Steel Screws. 2021

In 2020 I had some big leak around the Main Mast from rain water which dripped in the Galley and Main Saloon. One night I was cooking and actually took a screw driver to pook in the wood around the mast from the Galley. Turned out the wood was completely rotten and I had to open the deck to see more.

Woodrot around mast from Galley, March 2020
Removing of Front Staysail Track

The damage was manageable but was reaching out until the Saloon Walls. From there on I had to make a plan to remove all damaged wood and replace it with new.

Above door from Saloon to Galley, 2020
Above door from Saloon to Galley, 2020
Replaced wood-rot on deck-beams, fastened with stainless steel screw and filled gaps with Epoxy, 2020

From that moment I need to put everything back in place.

Prepairing 4 layers of Plywood (8 in total), 2020
Painting the 8 Plywood pieces for around the mast with Epoxy, 2020
Slowly starting to rebuilt the deck, 2020
Opened all joining Sika Seems for Recaulking,with the Kinkplank Seams wider then the normal teakdeck planks, 2020
Protecting the open deck from rain after each day of work, 2020
Glued/Bonded the Teak back in place with Sika 298, 2020
KIngplank precision gluing…, 2020
Changed the size seams depending on the plank width. (6 cm teak deck >> 6 mm / Kingplank +/- 25 cm >> 12 mm), 2020
Filling seems with tape before putting Sika 290DC
Different sizes of tape to cover nicely the bottom… With the Deep Joint Method recommended by Sika.
Sika Primer & Sikaflex time, 2020
Compressor and Sika Gun, 2020
Reshaping Mast Cirkling Teak, 2020
Reshaping, 2020
Fixing in place, 2020
Refitting Electric Cables Through Deck, 2020
Killed the last living animals with inserting Toxic Poisson under pressure into the deck beam.

I have purposely not been cleaning the deck over the last years, while by cleaning and rubbing the deck you can take off 1 mm of the teak per year. The teak deck has been played with 15 mm thick teak of which has only 1 mm to maximum 2 millimetresbeen taken of from 2006 until 2021.

After a good recalling of some of the seems and a light sanding of the deck, she will be like new and can still go for years and years. The price of laying a new teak deck is on average around 1000,- Euros per square metre. If you imagine that L’Odyssée has roughly 75 Square Metre of Teak deck, you can have the initial bid in the Auction for this amount of 75.000,- Euros.

In and under the cockpit there has been installed a Kobelt hydraulic steering system with 2 * 24 Volt Lecomble & Schmitt electric Pumps which have been serviced in 2020.

Kobelt Hydraulic Steering System connected to Furuno AutoPilot, 2020
Servicing Hydraulic Steering System 2020, with Emergency Tiller in Place, 2020
Filling Hydraulic system from Kobelt Steering Pump 2020
Checking for leaks and some precautionary primer paint. Bronze Kobelt Steering Pump in Stainless Steel Steering Console covered with Teak Fineer.

Checking for leaks and some precautionary primer paint. Bronze Kobelt Steering Pump in Stainless Steel Steering Console covered with Teak Fineer.

Had to grease all moving parts with Greasegun and had to move rudder via rope and pully connected to the Quay.

Had to grease all moving parts with Greasegun and had to move rudder via rope and pully connected to the Quay.

Checking Hydraulic Steering for trapped air in system

Checking Hydraulic Steering for trapped air in system via Stern Aft Deck Locker, with easy accessible viewing hatch.

All stainless steel tanks and the plumbing have been replaced by Benzina, Malta with Stainless Steel 314. Most of the Reservoirs have been made out of 2 connected pieces so that they could be fitted through the Main Saloon Skylight which had to be removed from the deck. The reservoirs are reinforced from the inside for no deformation while filling the tanks and while in a heavy sea with either the water or diesel slushing around in the reservoir. All reservoirs have been outfitted with an easy accessible viewing hatch. Tanks have been grounded and will last a lifetime.

Main Guest Cabin Stainless Steel Diesel Reservoir, 2021

The yacht sailed over from Malta without her aluminium masts to Toulon where her new mizzen mast and booms, made and shipped by Collars, UK, where waiting to be installed by Russo Yachting in La Sayne Sur Mer. The present main mast of L’ODYSEE is the old mast of Hallowe’en (W. Fife) and was before serving Hallowe’en on a Herreshoff Classic. The main mast is over 100 years old still in good condition.

Russo Yachting, Seyne sur Mer, near Toulon, 2007
Toulon, 2007

All the fittings for the mast and booms have been designed by Naval Architect, Theo Rye, which unfortunately is not with us anymore.

All Spar Fittings designed by Theo Rye have been made by Bruno, from Alesage Inox, Aubange, France. These fittings are built to last and need no service at all. Perfect Job. Some of the old Stainless Steel Fittings from the mast of Hallowe’en could be re-used and have been sandblasted and re-polished by Alesage Inox.

Once the Masts and Booms have been Re-Varnished the Stainless could do with some Polishing only, 2021
Stainless Track bolted through the boom for Bronze Pully to tention the foot of the Main Sail, 2021

On the Main Mast there is one area just under the first Spreader, which needs some minor repairs. The Fitting has moved downward 1 centimetre and I have made provisioner repair until the mast will be taken down in a shipyard for a proper repair. Structurally its not the mast that has damaged but some covering wood.

Temporary Repair on Main Mast under the 1st Spreader, done in 2017, picture taken in 2018.

I have replaced Starboard Spreader from the Mizzen in 2020, while it had woodrot. Rainwater have been penetrating 1 of 3 fastening bolts and made the wood soft.

Replaced Mizzen Starboard Spreader while mast was in place in the harbour, 2020
Replaced Starboard Mizzen Spreader, 2020
Revarnished before fitting it in place, 2020

2011 Refit at “Chantier Navale des Baux”, Sanary sur Mer, France

In 2011 Topsides faired and freshly repainted with Awl grip by “Chantier Navale des Baux”. Stern part completely rebuilt and fairleads been put back (CNDB), 4 Frames replaced in engine room and 2 Frames replaced in the peak (CNDB) Doghouse hatch and front entrance hatch refitted. (CNDB)

Stern Completely rebuilt 2011
Stern Rebuilt, 2011
Zelenika Woodworker
Stern Teak being prepared, 2011
Doghouse Main Entry Hatch Rebuilt, 2011

Iron Keel has been sandblasted and treated with a complete paint cycle. (CNDB) Teak deck has been sanded and re-caulked where necessary (CNDB)

Main Engine and gearbox overhauled and completely serviced.

Main Engine put back in Place, 2011. Not done a lot of hours afterwards and need minimum service, for another lifetime Joy.

(Moteur Maintenance) New stainless steel main engine exhaust system installed.

Stainless Steel Exhaust for Main Engine with Muffler, 2020

(MM)New Generator installed. (MM)Compressor pumps serviced. (Hydro Electric Marine)Engine room completely repainted. Peak completely painted.Wooden blocks re-varnished and new bearings. Passerelle refurbished and varnished, 2012.

Furuno Autopilot system with Raymarine e7 Hybrid Touch Screen in cockpit and navigation table working seaming less with all data from Tackticks and radar (Morvan Electronique).

Tactik’s Wind Instruments can be put anywhere on the deck and work via wifi, 2011
Furuno Autopilot and Raymarine e7 Hybrid Touch Screen operated from Cockpit and Navigation Table
Furuno Processor for Autopilot and Navigation System, under Main Guest Cabin Bunk.
Navigation Table

Galley has new sink, new water tap, 5 spotlights, new microwave and has been completely repainted (CNDB)

Regarding the Generator which up until today has only run 445 Hours, has been fully serviced (oil, filters, coolant, heat exchanger, thermostat and, anode) end of 2020 beginning of 2021. New Starting Battery installed in 2018.

New Battery for Generator, 2018 (New Battery Switch 2020)

While I’m writing this description the only thing which needs to be put back in place is a new seal for the water pump. In the mean time I have been fitting this piece back in place and it’s still leaking a bit. IT works but advice is to change the complete water pump with a new one.

Thermostat Generator, 2021 Serviced and checked for operating Temperature Specifications.
Heat Exchanger Generator, Tube stacks cleaning, 2020
Heat Exchanger Generator, New Anode and paint job, 2020
Heat Exchanger, serviced and painted, 2020
New Seal for Waterpump from Generator arrived on 5th of March via Alibaba, 2021

Fitted the new seal on 23rd and 24th of March and its still leaking a bit. Advise is to change water-pump with a new one.

2017 Zelenika Shipyard, Montenegro


A large number of underwater planks were changed by local experienced shipwrights in Montenegro. The main shipwright was older than the yacht and it was a great pleasure working with his team. The Shipyard owner of Zelenika is a different story and will be discussed below.

Zelenika, 2017
Zelenika, 2017
Zelenika, 2017
Zelenika, 2017
Zelenika, 2017
Zelenika, 2017
Zelenika, 2017


The yacht has not been out of the water since the refit in 2017. Normally a wooden yacht needs to go out of the water every year for Propellor, Antifouling, some recaulking of planks, Antifouling and new Anodes. The Anodes I have been changing each year, while diving.

This summer the yacht was making some water through the hull specifically from the engine room on the part which have been taken care of in Zelenika on the stern. There still is some water coming in via this stern part and needs to be taken care of while out of the water.

The water coming in has substantially reduced now that its winter, which is normal due to the fact that the hull planking extracts and forms a tighter seal in colder conditions. Nothing to really worry about but it needs to be fixed while out of the water.

L’Odyssee has been out of the water for the last time in 2017 and needs to some repair on underwater hull planking and rudder. The last time the yacht was out of the water, the Shipyard was putting pressure to put the yacht back in the water before we where even finished with painting the Topsides. We managed to paint the Antifouling and the Blue waterline while the Yard started to put the yacht back in the water. This all had to do with the fact that we stayed longer then expected and we made a deal before that we will not pay per day for keeping the boat out on the hard in the Shipyard.

We did not have time to fix copper plating on the rudder. This copper plate fixed with copper nails is protecting the wood from getting damaged while the propellor is creating cavitation. This is like a jet stream of air which will penetrate the wood. A copper plate around the rudder where the Propellor is a must.

If you wish to do an Out of water survey, which is possible during the Auction it will probably be advisable to make a good deal with the shipyard if the boat is going to stay longer then just the Out of Water Survey. Its advisable to discuss this and put everything in a contract. You can always call me via Whatsapp on +38267360832.

In the next part I will dive deeper into the possible refits to get L’Odyssee back in shape.

Future Refits

The Yacht need immediate work and I have described this a worklist in an Excel sheet where you can find a copy of that list below as jpg. This list can be finished too get the yacht back in shape for this summer so you can use the boat this year as you wish.

The total amount of the work is to my calculations just under 100.000,- Euros, without the price of a new Tender and Outboard engine. The costs will probably be lower if managed correctly but there are alway more things to do and that’s why its important as an owner to have a good Captain that is capable and creative with his crew to do a lot of work himself and not getting into the hands of so called professionals.

1 Mast, Boom and Spreader

All Mast, Boom, Spreader and Bowsprit need to be taken out and all running riggings which hold them in Place. Advisable is to built a Tent over them and have a team of woodworkers and painters for Varnishing refit all the Spars.

Over the last 20 years that I have had the yacht I have learned a lot and one of most important things is that a Shipyard is not always taking the best interest for the Owner and is only interested in his money.

Some jobs that I have outsourced to Shipyards have been have not been with good results. One example has been the order of a new Generator via Chantier Navalle des Beaux via Moteur Maintenance. Moteur Maintenance have replaced the Onan 13,5 KW 3 Phase Generator with a 220 Volt generator. This was only found out by me and the Shipyard once the Generator was already in place and the yacht had the move couple of days after for a charter. Result was to bite the bullet and come up with solutions on the go. Dive Compressor which was installed was only operating on 3 Phase and we had to adjust this afterwards.

2 Recaulking of Deck

Another example is the Job I gave to Chantier Navalle des Beaux for redoing some Deck Sika Joint, especially all along the hatches and Kingplanks. One of the Main carpenters from the Yard convinced me to use a product from Kent instead of Sikaflex 290DC. This product which they used is getting soft over the years and is by far less useful then the superior product from Sikaflex.

Kent & Sika Deck Seams compared over the years.

In this specific case its not only the product, but also the initial work with the woodworkers which played the deck in Malta in 2006. The deck seems from all the regular teak deck are 6 Centremetre in width and need to have a 10% seem >> so 6 Milimetre gap between them for the Sika to work properly with the wood expanding and contraction with the huge temperature difference in Summer and Winter.

Recommendation by Sika for Joint Width

The King planks joint between themselves and the joining parts to the normal Teak-deck planks have been made only 6 Millimetre, and this has proven not to work over time, especially with an inferior product like Kent.

Kingplanks on aft stern deck locker. Seams are initially not made wide enough for the Sika to work properly with different temperatures and humidity.

Its Highly recommended to redo all the King plank Joints with new Sikaflex (NOT any other product), taped properly and Primed to specifications of Sikaflex. But before doing this reopen the gaps to a minimum of at least 12 Millimetre, instead of the 6 Millimetre.

Gaps between King planks around the mast have been widened correctly.

At last, it’s important to take into account in what period of the year you do the actual work. New teak deck and seams done in summer will have a Sika Joint which will be extracted a bit in winter. This will mean that there is minimum stress on the joints in Summer. If you do the opposite, so laying the Teak and Sika in winter you will have contracted seams with a sort of hollow with stress points between the joints.

Teak and Sika done in summer show a little extracted joint (Sticking out above the Teak deck) (Picture taken 13/03/2021)

Last year I have recaulked 1 Dorade Throughdeck Airration Plastic Pipe, while it was leaking a bit and this needs to be done as well for all the other Plastic Pipes.

Dorade Air-ration Plastic Through Deck removed. It was leaking while the plastic disd not have a good seal with the Sika, probably because it was not properly sanded, cleaned with Aceton and primed with Sika Primer before… 2020
All Sika Flex and Tape properly removed, 2020
New Primer, Tape and Sikaflex 290DC for the joints, 2020

3 Replacing capping rail teak.

This covering teak is mostly original but needs to be replaced completely. Its not worth Re-Varnishing this wood, while it has to many repairs on them and the Varnish over time is cracking. Loose money on the long run with time and Varnish spent on while once complete redone with new Teak it will look superb.

Old Capping Rail needs to be changed, while it’s not worth Varnishing by crew. 2021

4 Replace Main Service Battery

Last year I have removed all the old 24 Volt Service Batteries, while they where not holding any charge anymore and some bad connection where not worth servicing. Bad connections can cause fire and even have the Batteries Explode when overheating. Batteries can be like a bomb and are important to be in good condition and serviced 2 times per year, when you use wet cells. I consider myself Oldschool and would still prefer wet cells over Gel Batteries. When serviced correctly, you know exactly what is going on with your batteries. Topping up the Batteries with distilled water 2 times per year gives you a good idea of the quality of each individual Cell (12 * 2 Volt) and can notice if one Cell is starting to evaporate more distilled water than the other cells.

Removed Old 24 Volt Main Service Batteries, 2020
Bad Battery Connection can create fire, 2020

I didn’t have money to replace the powerful 12 * 2 Volt >> 24 Volt from Fullmen, so I replaced them with 2 * 12 Volt Standard Truck Batteries.

New Temporary 24 Volt Batteries in place and secured for not moving while yacht is underway. 2020

5 Service of Hydraulic Steering System

It’s advisable to remove the complete steering system, especially the Steel part around the rudder stick connected to the wood under te cockpit.

Treat the removed steel part properly, have them completely primed and painted before fitting them back in place on the wood while I think that the shipyard in Malta have not done that. There is a little bit off corrosion taking place between the steel and wood. Once all fitted back in place once the yacht is out of the water this steel part need to be grounded properly.

6 Watermaker Service

Replace 3 Membrames. New Pre-Filters and de-winterise the Watermaker. Pumps and Piping are all in good order.

Searecover Watermaker Winterised, 2020
Sea Recovery Water-maker winterised, 2020
High Pressure Membranes for Water-maker under Main Guest Cabin Bunk, serviced 2020, but can do with new Membranes.
Watermaker Serviced for leaks, 2020
Checked salinity from produced water by Sea Recovery Watermaker, from each Membrane Separately, 2020

7 Replace Icemaker

Stopped working in 2020. Best is to replace and have it transformed/operated on 24 Volt and 220 so it can function as Icemaker and freezer running from the 24 Volt Batteries.

8 Service of Refrigerator

Complete Refrigerator system is same as when I bought the boat with some repairs over the time. Normally a simple top up with R404 Gas will do for the summer season.

9 Replace 5 Frames

There are 2 Frames under the Saloon Water Reservoirs and 3 in the Peak which need to be replaced while the wood is a bit soft and corrosion on the Steel Need to be treated.

10 Out of Water and full Paint-job

Once the Yacht is out of the water the underwater and above Hull Planks need to be further inspected to see how many planks need to be replaced before a full underwater and above waterline paint job can taken place. Normal procedure for when yacht is out of the water will be new anodes and service of the Maxprop Propellor.

Service of Maxprop, New Anode, Grease and Surface Polished…

11 Service Liferaft

Service of Life raft can be done by Una d.o.o.

12 Service Inflatable Life Jackets

Service of Lifejackets can be done by Una d.o.o.

13 Interior Mainsaloon

Interior Main saloon needs new finer wood is wrong and put in Excel sheet by accident. It’s the Main Guest Cabin and this has already been done in 2020.

14 Varnish work

Varnish and general paintwork on deck, should be carried out by crew at the last moment when all other work has been finished. Some wood repair can be carried out before by woodworkers.

15 Service Main Engine

Service of Main Engine would be advisable on all parts and this requires the engine to be taken out. Heat exchanger, Oil Cooler, Diesel Pressure Pump, Altenator and Water Pumps. Afterward full paint job before fitting it back in place. No Need at all for a new engine while on a sailing yacht the engine is used to a minimum and this Perkins Engine is in good condition.

Perkins Engine put back in place via Engine Room Hatch

16 General Painting and Varnish Inside

Varnish work should be carried out by crew at the last moment when all other work has been finished.

All this work is the minimum work that needs to be done and any new owner can decide what other work to his specifications he would like to do.

* 17 Seacocks and Through Hull Fittings

All Seacocks and Through Hull Fittings need to be checked while out of water. Valves which are hard to operate need to be replaced, all hoses need to be fitted with 2 Hose-clamps. Wood around the through hull fittings need to be inspected and checked.

Please continue reading the Valuation Page for a better understanding of the Value of the Yacht and a possibility to increase the Value significantly with a Refit of the Interior of the Yacht back to her original layout from when she was constructed.