Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My brother Bob arrived on Sunday from Ohio to help Mark and me prepare the boat for the move. As luck would have it Sunday was the last nice weather day the temperature had been dropping ever since – today (Tuesday) they are saying that we should be getting sleet and freezing rain. Rats.
We turned the boat around in the slip so that the guys (Jack and Bob here) can take the dingy davits off the boat.
The crane gently moves the mast from the boat to the shore. What you do not see here is the rigger (Troy) has gone up the mast via the winch on the mast to the spreaders.
Once he has placed the hoist on the mast just above the lower spreaders he climbs back down to navigate the mast to shore.
When the old electric panel was removed Mark stowed it under the hardtop in the cockpit for a few months…he finally put it in the trash. We held a small Irish wake for the old panel…
We begin to take the boat apart on Sunday, the day after the party. Here (left to right) Jack, David, Mike and Mark after the boom and main sail have been removed.
It is hard to believe it has been over 4 years since we moved the boat here.
the party ends – hmmm – does anyone have any evidence that Mark attended this party? Honest to goodness he was there….but since I was not taking the pictures I guess he missed the boat…so to speak.
The nav office with the radios installed – now that this work is all done it is time to have the Boat Warming/Bon Voyage party.
Our window of opportunity was exactly 1 weekend before we needed to start tearing it apart to move it to Rockport, Texas.
Let the party begin...
I meant to take some final pictures just before the party started but never got around to it. What we have here are pictures after we pulled the mast off so it is missing from the main salon – darn, looks bigger without it but is kinda hard to sail a boat with no mast.
The art work on this bulkhead was done by Mark's Mom, Anita. She done had some beautiful pieces that we have had in our home for years and we are glad she gave some smaller ones to us that fit on the boat.
The new floors are scary beautiful. Naturally I put down some rugs to take the major wear and tear. In this picture the black chairs have been removed as we needed to replace the smaller screws with larger through bolts.
Our friend John Hall is a stain glass artist, he gave this ‘Cardinal’ to us recently. It found a home on the bulkhead forward of the black chairs and is a beautiful addition to our interior.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This is PROOF we stayed too long…icicles on the bimini! Yikes! We have the boat mover scheduled for 1/29/2009 (yes…I did say this month!!!)
Happy New Year all.
In this photo the ladder is in the ‘up’ position. There is not a chance that someone outside could accidently fall though as the ladder is in the way. Notice the door to the Nav office to the left of the ladder – we were in need of a place to keep all of our ‘To Do’ lists, reminders etc and this door has become our bulletin board. We can hardly wait until this board is clean…I wonder if that will ever happen. Right after the first of the year we begin planning the boat move. The big boat remodel projects are done, we have to empty the workshop, find the space for permanent storage of tools and ‘stuff’ and ship the boat to the gulf.
We replaced the original hinges with strap hinges that permanently attaché the ladder to the boat. We then installed the actuator the up/down switch and wired it to the panel. This picture shows the ladder going up.
The reason that one new floor panel was installed is that we put a linier actuator on the companionway ladder and needed the to make sure it was installed correctly. We have been in and out of the engine room a gazillion times in the last year and each time we took the ladder off it hinges and propped it against a wall, usually in the galley. The silly thing is pretty heavy not to mention that it was always in our way. The danger was that one of us would be outside when the other moved the ladder and would not notice…needless to say a fall through the companionway would not be funny so it was a big safety issue in our opinion.
The new floors are still in the workshop except for one that fits under the companionway ladder. Each time we accidently mar the old floors we say ‘Gosh, I am sure glad we haven’t put down the new floors yet.’
Once we finished all the plumbing and wiring in the bilges I began to drag stuff from the workshop at Jack and Karen’s out to the boat. It must seem like there is still a lot of stuff but believe me when I tell you, it is half gone.
The final phase of the electric panel was completed just before the new year. Mark has installed the single side band, the VHF radio, Outback Inverter and the bilge pump controllers. They are all wired and working – completion of another huge project is finally checked off the list.
The new bimini is longer and the frame has been moved aft. Ever since we installed the windshield it has been difficult to climb in and out of the cockpit as the old bimini stanchion v’ed up about 6 inches away from the hardtop. The new windshield has prevented me (an others) from cracking my head on the hardtop repeatedly and let me tell how much that hurts.
The varnish queen had a few months off but had many other tasks to fill in the gap. Here I am varnishing a louvered door to go under the countertop in the aft head and a cold air return vent for the aft cabin
The Nav Office cabinet was installed long ago but Mark had to build the drawers. (The louvered doors we ordered as they are very difficult to make without special tools. They were varnished and installed long ago. The drawers were done and varnished well before we sold the house but Mark needed to make the wood rails for the drawer runners so they went into storage at Jack & Karen’s. He finally had a chance to make the rails and here is the completed cabinet.
The freezer has two plates and they are smaller than the old plates so there is even more space in the freezer. Notice there is a little bar across the plate to the right. Two specially made ice cube trays hang on this bar and are flush to the plate. Ice is made simply in short order in this manner.
Next, I sanded and cleaned each of the compartments to remove stains and dirt. The loose caulk was removed as well and then Mark re-caulked each compartment, again we waited about 24 hours till the caulk set. We used 3M 4200 for this job as it is a fast set caulk. The fridge compartment shown here has only one cold plate and looks like new. Though the ‘fridge/freezer’ refit was done in early December, on Christmas Eve, Mark completed installed automatic lights in this compartment. Now when we open it at night we can see the beer, oh, yeah and other food as well…too cool.
Then we put a space heater inside to dry out the Styrofoam that we did not remove. This took about 24 hours. In preparation I cleaned out all the perishable food and stored some of it at Jack and Karen’s and the rest in a freezer that a neighbor has on the dock. The worst part is that we had no clod beer – bummer!
The next thing Mark did was to cut into the fiberglass (between the freezer and the compartment to the right). Kind of a messy job not to mention that in order to perform this task he had to dangle upside down to cut it with the Multi-Master. This tool has been worth it’s weight in gold and has made lighter work of many, many repair tasks.
First, we removed the old plates. Here they are on the finger pier next to the boat. The day after we put them here they were still covered in frost