Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013 - Boat projects update

I haven't posted for a few months, so I think I'm a bit overdue.

The boat project is going slowly.  I have SO many projects underway at once that it is a bit overwhelming right now.  But, progress is being made almost every day.  I have hired a friend that works for American Tug here in La Conner.  He's a woodworker and I'm having him build us our new salon settee and he is totally rebuilding our master stateroom.  He's doing a GREAT job.

Since our last update we took a much needed vacation to sunny Acapulco.  It was fabulous with temps around 88-90 every day, a light breeze, clear blue skies.  The water temp was near 80 so hanging out in the ocean playing for hours on end was not a problem.  We spent countless hours body surfing, boogie boarding, and both kids even tried surfing.  Both kids were able to ride a wave all the way to the beach after a short lesson!

Now back to the boat.  The stabilizers are coming along now too.  The actuators have been installed and I am now fabricating and running hydraulic lines.  I've got the hydraulic coolant/conditioner tank mounted in the engine room.  I've also installed a few conduits from the master stateroom to the engine room to make running wires much easier.  I'm in the process of installing depth sounder transducers as well as several new sea water pickups underwater.  I have ripped out our old toilets but have not yet even started to install the new ones.  Our new swimstep has arrived and it is temporarily mounted on the transom.  The exterior painting is now complete.

I am almost done installing our new freezer.  We've modified the galley counter top so that it is now a lid for the freezer.  We have installed a new "sea rail" to the edge of the counter top to help prevent items from slipping off, and to keep spills from making it to the new settee cushions.

Stabilizer actuator on the stbd side.  I'm installing copper foil
to the inside of the hull below the waterline for an SSB
radio "counterpoise".  It will make the radio preform MUCH better.
The master stateroom before.  Port side single bed.

Master stateroom original dresser.  Center of room.

Original Double bed on stbd side.

The dresser after I cut it in half, cut two inches off the back, and
narrowed the side rails by almost 2 inches.  

Our new walkaround queen sized bed.  Nightstand to the left side.
This in on the port side of the boat.  Holes in the floor filled with new panels.  

Another view of our bed.  We can now walk around the bed, and it's queen
sized.  This is rare on a boat.  This room will now sleep 4 when needed.  We didn't really
loose any drawer space.  There are several big "cubbies" under the bed and the couch.

The new couch.  The back (not yet started) will flip up to become a 2nd
bunk when we need sleeping capacity for guests.  Stbd side.  This will sleep 2.
This hole was from the old faucet.  We don't need it, so....
We made it disappear!

The new sea-rail.  Also, the new lid for the freezer is in the corner.  Hard to
tell because it just looks like counter top.

My friend Steve straightening out the long edge of the Corian counter top.
It had a bow in it that stuck out about 3/4"  It was quite noticable.  
The new hole for the freezer lid.

The settee is mostly built.  Just the end caps and then gluing on the wood
veneer that will make it match the rest of the interior.

New "rubber dot" floor.  Spills from the settee won't ruin the carpet now.
Also, a section of the new wood veneer that will be installed.  I can't wait to see
this done!  What a transformation it will make in the usability of the salon.
The cushions are temporary.  They are from our old 11' Boston Whaler dinghy.
Look how nice this wood veneer is going to look!  It's a close match to our
existing wood.

The new settee with flooring that matches the galley.

New hydraulic tank in the engine room.  The bracket that it
is on is custom built.  It is VERY heavy duty.

New swimstep.  The 3 holes are actually hinged hatches (not installed yet) that
will flip up to relieve pressure from waves under the swimstep.

View of the swimstep from below.  Two new brackets installed.  There are two
more new ones that are not in this picture, out at each edge.

Polishing some stainless steel.  Before on the left.  After on the right.
Boat painting done.  "Adagio" on the side of the flybridge.  Looking much
better.  Wow, is this a big boat?

And now a few non-boat photos!

Cindy surfing in Acapulco

Kevin catches a "big one".  

3 of the Elston's go boogie boarding
Kevin and Cindy come down an advanced run at Mt. Baker

Beautiful day at Mt. Baker.
Nowhere to go but "Black Diamond" runs.  These are for advanced skiers.
We skied "The Canyon"!

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