After our boat renaming party where we followed traditional maritime tradition, I began to tear the boat apart.
NOVEMBER 23, 2011 - Thanksgiving Trip cancelled:
We were planning on taking the boat out for 5+ days during the long Thanksgiving vacation. I spent a lot of time in the weeks just before Thanksgiving getting the boat furnace installation completed, and putting the boat all back together. I made it in time for the long trip, but the weather just did not cooperate. It was VERY windy throughout the long weekend. The forecasts were calling for 50 knot winds with 6'-8' wind waves. At one point I saw the weather station at Smith Island (just a few miles south of the San Juan's) report 58 knots. That's almost hurricane strength. Obviously we didn't go out. We decided to instead stay on the boat Wednesday night at the dock. It was nice to be on the boat again, even if just sitting at the dock. We played games, watched some DVD's, BBQ'd dinner, just as if we were out in the islands.
|Playing "Clue". I think it was Col. Mustard, in the Conservatory, with the Candlestick.|
|This version of Clue is from the 1950's. Wow, how has it survived this long!|
|Eating popcorn and watching a DVD.|
|Kevin playing with Mom. Good times on the boat.|
September 10 through November 22, 2011 - Projects:
This has been one long dry spell without boating. But, I knew that I had some serious work to get done before the boat was going to be usable in winter/cold weather. I also knew that our home refrigerator had to go. It was literally sucking our house battery bank dry overnight. It was also an excellent opportunity to deal with a great number of other issues. I was able to take advantage of the good weather and caulk/seal all of the windows. I also repainted the flybridge and the cockpit floors. I removed all of the old snaps, filled the holes, ground out any cracks in the gelcoat and filled them in. I painted with Interlux non-skid mixed into the first coat of paint. Followed by a second coat of just paint to even out the finish. It turned out great.
|The flybridge just before the new non-skid paint.|
|Just after the new paint.|
|The cockpit before the new paint.|
|The cockpit, after the new paint. Looking good!!!|
|The galley before the remodel began.|
|Washer/Dryer removed so refer could be taken out.|
|Appliance Central. I could open an appliance store!|
|One of the new refers. Also the new cooktop.|
|The new convection microwave, the propane cooktop, the efficient 12-volt refer|
|Repainting the chain locker.|
|Marking the chain every 25 feet. Red/White/Blue = 25'/50'/75'|
|Our new anchor. This baby is MASSIVE! Yellow/red/yellow = 100'/200'/300'|
There are 4 loops in the system (PEX tubing loops, that is).
1. The v-berth and guest head.
2. The master stateroom and head.
3. The pilothouse.
4. The salon.
Each loop is considered a zone and has it's own thermostat. That means we can set each zone to a different temperature or even turn a zone off if desired. This allows great flexibility when using the boat in cold weather. I had to fabricate a custom stainless steel exhaust for the boiler to vent to the outside. I had to tap into the fuel tank. There were a lot of elctrical wires needed to connect everything. Plus, running nearly 275' of not very flexible PEX tubing from one end of the boat to the other. Definielty a big project with great rewards; year-round boating! That's enough boring details for now..... here are a few pictures.
|The di$tribution manifold. 4 zones plus a water conditioner/filter loop.|
|I painted and installed the vent on the right. This pulls fresh air into the boat to dry things out.|
|The 2.5" double-wall exhaust. I don't like cutting hole in the hull. But, this is a quiet system!|
|The exhaust on the inside. Nice heat insulation blanket.|
|Beginning the wiring for the control module.|
|The furnace control center; fuel filter vacuum gauge, master power switch. 3 setback timers.|
One other little project was to polish the portholes in the master stateroom. You could not see through them when we bought the boat. It turns out that with plastic cleaner followed by plastic polish, applied with my Porter Cable random orbin sander using some special polishing pads, you can actually buff very cloudy Lexan back into a "window" you can see through. I never knew...
|The porthole before cleaning and polishing.|
|The porthole after restoration. What a difference.|
Waht's next? The galley needs to be finished. We have a second refrigerator-only unit on order. It will really only be used during longer trips where we overflow the new refer/freezer. We are going to convert a galley base cabinet corner, which is kind of a dead-zone into a custom-built freezer with large capacity, and efficient operation. This might wait a few month while other project are completed. The v-berth has been torn out and needs to be rebuilt so it can become the kids room or guest room when we have overnight company. This will take a month or so. Next might be the salon u-shaped settee. After that it will be the pilothouse dash reconfigure. This would be followed by the master stateroom remodel, which won't be a huge project, but will yield us with much greater flexibility when we have guests overnight.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 - Boat Renaming Party:
We had a boat renaming party on the dock with a bunch of our boating friends. It was a great time. Kathy read the traditional boat renaming "script" that is used by mariners to appease the gods of the sea so that we may have good luck aboard our new, and renamed, vessel.
|Our group of boating friends for the boat renaming party.|
The ceremony was complete with offering champagne (not the cheap stuff either) to the sea gods, pouring in specific directions (North to South, West to East, etc).
|Reading the traditional renaming script and toasting the sea gods.|
|Pouring the champagne during the ceremony.|
|The kids stop for a moment. They were having a lot of fun.|
|Aidan getting off their dinghy. Don't spill that wine young man.|
|Kids grabbing some beverages. I hope they don't drink our wine!|
The party went well into the night. I feel sorry for my Shelter Bay neighbors who had to endure our late party well after dark. Sorry friends and neighbors!!!
|Still partying! I think we got pretty loud. Ooops.|