Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Any Port in the Storm

Today was a huge day for me. I haven't gotten to check anything off The List for quite some time, but today I got to check off "rebed starboard ports". Now, to be fair, the starboard port project also became the "replace headliner" project which also became the "rebed the mainsheet block" project which also became the "glass in and paint the rotten teak" project, so to finish it all in 10 working days is not too bad. Truly, this is one of the most satisfying jobs I've done on the boat. The difference in the interior is astonishing. Now if I could just ignore the ports on the port side...

New headliner, rebed ports, all trim strips up. Only the hatch screen has yet to be refinished and reinstalled.

You can see the difference it makes to have the teak painted white in that strip.
Here you can see the port side that has yet to be done


LittleCunningPlan.com said...

That looks just awesome.

S/V Via Bella said...

Wow, what a difference! The white really brightens up the interior. Looking great, Deb! --Nancy

Robert Sapp said...

Looks awesome, Deb!

Rhonda & Robert
S/V Eagle Too
Pensacola, FL

Unknown said...

Tim and Deb,
I too am enjoying the normal course of boat projects on board Yacht A Fun.

Why not replace the braided lines for the rudder controls on our Gemini cat?
Might as well include the full rudder assembly in the bottom painting, too
Of course that meant dropping the rudders out of the boat- and being on the hard just makes dropping easier.

To remove the rudders though, meant undoing all the newly installed steering cable attachments.

Rudders being removed allowed assessment of the female part of the swing up/down pivot.
How nice. We have recent maintenance now done on said female parts.
That,s good though. My mantra is "if you find it, fix it". That's long talk for "proactive".

Since the steering cables were unattached to the removed upper rudder parts, removal of a rusting bolt as a sample of stern stay attachment bolts seemed proactive. The short story is that my first sample bolt head twisted right off. so did four more of the eight bolts holding up the mast. three good ones out of eight.... ain't bad!

What a hoot this boat life is. Not everyone can tell stories of matching empty one gallon water jugs clear volume to yellow volume since the holding tank can,t be emptied while one is living on the hard in a huge industrial boat yard.
But the view is great after climbing ten total steps to the cockpit.

Now that I've had my mid of the night reading session I think I'll replace more of the current repurposed water jug and go back to bed.

Happy repairs to the two of you. Each time I tackle a new difficult boat repair I think back on Tim's westerbeke advice when we had engine failure on our maiden voyage.

Unknown said...

By the way-
I have anew project for you.
The blog post indicted 11:31 pm
It,s actually 2:30 ish AM