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Victory Cat Adventures

Projects while on the "Hard" and "Dockside" at Leros 

Leros Marina (MAR/APR) work completed:

⦁ Inspected new standing rigging

⦁ Installed wind generator wiring and tested

⦁ Installed new GPS sensor and completed test with Raymarine Navigation system

⦁ Service prop internals (flex bushings)

⦁ Sand/polish props and sail drives (SD). Apply 2 coats of primer.

⦁ Stern gelcoat repair including swim step cover

⦁ Sand, prime and paint new 4" red stripe using two part paint around both hulls

⦁ Replace gas regulator, solenoid and inspect fittings (decided not needed and risky)

⦁ Installed new Nav LED lights

⦁ Purge port side cabinets and determine if any spares are needed

⦁ Inspect ditch bag (Flares are expired)

⦁ Installed new 80m/262ft Anchor chain and associated markers/paint

⦁ Take off, clean and reinstall HF antenna high voltage line (needed to be replaced)

⦁ Replaced main sheet track line (one size smaller)

⦁ Replaced filtered water faucet

⦁ Installed new 115VAC socket in main head

⦁ Reseal/attach port side windows (in progress)

⦁ Windows and old adhesive removed

⦁ Awaiting special order adhesive 


Updated work "To Do" lists (MAY 2017)


DRY DOCK work (MAY):

⦁ Paint sonar transducers and speed logs

⦁ Rough sand and apply ablative anti-foul bottom paint

⦁ Clean and wax underside and sides

⦁ Paint SD/props and replace SD zincs 

⦁ Tighten tramps

⦁ Install anchor bumper

⦁ Exercise/lubricate all SW cocks/valves


DOCKSIDE work (before leaving Leros):
⦁ Take boat out of bond (Customs)
⦁ Need letter from Marina
⦁ Repair Screecher sail – repair UV cover (in progress at sail loft)
⦁ Resplice to add Screecher line length & blocks
⦁ Replace STBD head base gasket
⦁ Test HF comms and weather fax capability
⦁ Install wind gen ammeter
⦁ Flush water maker
⦁ Reinstall anchor bridle 
⦁ Stanchion fbr crack repairs and Gelcoat spot repairs 
⦁ Sanitize water lines and tank – refill
⦁ Redeploy Jib and Screecher
⦁ Restore lines and untie main sail bag
⦁ Flush and clean bilge/Pressure wash sanitary tank
⦁ Replace both outbd spark plugs
⦁ Wood trim sand and varnish (door jam, floor, etc.)
⦁ Reseal hard tops (gelcoat?) reseal holes (started - lower STBD side gelcoat completed)
⦁ Port engine hose replace and Port/Stbd coolant chg
⦁ Install 115V AC wiring to new main head socket

Preparing Victory Cat for transiting out of the MED, 
crossing the Atlantic and cruising the Caribbean (MAR 2017)

On 27 MAR 2017, will be traveling back to Leros Greece for two weeks to inspect the rigging replacement and wind generator installation completed by Leros marina. Will also get a jump on all the work necessary to prepare Victory Cat for the next year of cruising around the MED and Caribbean as well as crossing the Atlantic. If interested, see below work lists.


Arrival in Leros Marina (MAR/APR)

⦁ Reconnect the battery, check voltage and charge status

⦁ Inspect Rigging replacement

⦁ Repair Screecher sail – repair UV cover (in progress)

⦁ Reseal/attach port side windows (3 days)

⦁ Electronic chart update (Caribbean, Madearia and Canaries?)

⦁ Install wind generator wiring (or determine wiring need)

⦁ Install new GPS Antenna/receiver 

⦁ Replace SD zinc and service props and zincs

⦁ Stern gelcoat repair including swim step cover

⦁ Replace gas regulator, solenoid and inspect fittings

⦁ Replace main sheet track line (one size smaller)

⦁ Install new Nav lights

⦁ Inventory flags (Malta, Italy and Spain?)

⦁ Inventory fishing gear and hooks

⦁ Purge port side cabinets and determine if any spares are needed

⦁ Inspect ditch bag (Flare expiration date?)

⦁ Exercise/lubricate all SW cocks/valves

⦁ Inspect Anchor chain

⦁ Is dinghy usable for the summer? 

   When in Athens: price Caribe dinghy.

⦁ Take off, clean and reinstall HF antenna connector


DRY DOCK work (MAY):

⦁ Check speed transducer alignment

⦁ Paint transducers

⦁ Rough sand and paint bottom anti-foul

⦁ Clean and wax underside and sides


DOCKSIDE worklist (before leaving Leros):

⦁ Take boat out of bond (Customs)

⦁ Need letter from Marina

⦁ Resplice to add Screecher line length 

⦁ Test HF comms and weather fax capability

⦁ Flush water maker

⦁ Reinstall anchor bridle 

⦁ Gelcoat spot repairs 

⦁ Sanitize water lines and tank – refill

⦁ Redeploy Jib and Screecher

⦁ Restore lines and untie main sail bag

⦁ Flush and clean bilge

   Pressure wash sanitary tank

⦁ Replace 2 stroke outbd spark plug

⦁ Wood trim sand and varnish

⦁ Reseal hard tops (gelcoat?)

⦁ Port engine hose replace and 

   Port/Stbd coolant chg

⦁ Replace STBD head base gasket


Prior to open ocean:

⦁ Stage wooden plugs

⦁ Inspect safety lines

⦁ Attach fire extinguishers

⦁ Safety straps for third battery

⦁ Stage parachute anchor and drogue

⦁ Stage ditch bag and Med kit

⦁ Install jack lines

⦁ Secure TV and printer (Velcro?)

⦁ Service life raft (AUG 2017) - 

   Write Gibraltor Viking service center


Prior to open ocean (Atlantic crossing):

⦁ Stage wooden plugs

⦁ Inspect safety lines

⦁ Attach fire extinguishers

⦁ Safety straps for third battery

⦁ Stage parachute anchor and drogue

⦁ Stage ditch bag and Med kit

⦁ Install jack lines

⦁ Secure TV and printer (Velcro?)

⦁ Service life raft (AUG 2017) - 

   Write Gibraltor Viking service center


Why is our sailing vessel is named "Victory Cat"?

In loving memory of our brother

Greg Taylor

who lived to ride his Victory Motorcycle.

Don't Dream your Life, Live your Dream 

ATTITUDE:  Difference between ordeal and adventure

Why are we going on this adventure?

When our younger brother passed away suddenly from cancer, we reflected on what we wanted out of our limited lives. 

We both have a passion for the sea, adventure and travel. Cruising on Victory Cat fulfills all of these passions.