Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The patching of the holes is a whole other matter.
Now I’m getting paranoid. We sailed into Miami in 2005 quickly followed by 5 hurricanes.
Since we sold Eriu, there has been NO hurricanes in Florida. So we buy the “hull” and three weeks later TS Fay sits on Cape Canaveral and drops 15 to 20 ins of water on top of the boat. At least it was a good time to check for deck leaks and so far they have been limited to the usual suspects (two small ports, two places where the deck hardware has been removed).
Sunday, August 10, 2008
It is bolted on to a massive flange glassed in to the bow and can be lowered and raised. Well its about to be removed and replaced with a more manageable sized depth transducer..
Saturday, August 9, 2008
In the interim the existing 12 seacocks had to be freed.
Some had been in hiding for some time (possibly 30 years?)
A closer look.
Access to the after starboard two seacocks required an additional access hatch. This has been retrofitted on most Whitby's by now. This is my first attempt on TIH and may be enlarged later. The red thing on the left is a Fein Multitool, every boy should have one.
Now Wilcox Crittenden seacock maintenance is a simple 12 step process.
1. If the boat is in the water dive under the hull and ram wooden plugs into ALL of the holes in the boat.
2. Gain access to the bilge by lifting several deck boards, move wine/rum out of the way etc.
3. Lie flat on your stomach while placing all necessary tools close at hand.
4. Reach deep down into the bilge and try and move the handle of the seacock. It won't.
5. Reach behind you and grab the correct spanner. (do not ask your wife, she is busy).
6. Release the first nut then the second one.
7. With the mallet (which you have held in your teeth, until now) gently (haha) tap the end of the shaft to free barrel of the seacock. Now try and move it.
8. If that doesn't work, reach back for a pliers, remove the split pin from the shaft and remove the handle.
9. Apply a large Pipe Wrench to the end of the shaft and apply 200 lbs of pressure on the very end of it. This will involve sticking leg deep into bilge via a sharp edged fiberglass hole and jumping up and down.
10. When it finally moves (and it will), clean blood and skin off of wine/rum bottles and bandage leg. (Wife may help with this but do not expect any sympathy, after all the same thing happened last year).
11. Disassemble all parts, wash in kerosene, re grease and reassemble (do NOT drop any parts deep into the bilge).
12. Dive back in the water and remove the plugs that have now swollen in size, remembering that sharks are attracted by blood.
Repeat on the other 11 seacocks, annually!
First the old anti-fouling had to come off. Wet sandblasting is a good way to do this as long as the operator know what he is doing and avoids damaging the underlying gel coat. It all worked extremely well.
These are photos of "Eriu" hauled in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
The good news is the there is a new "fully complaint" yard in the Rio. Hopefully it will continue to exist.
After 15 years in the same spot it was time to move. The guy driving the lift happily informed me that he was 7 years old when TIH was hauled. A large number of lizards, various beetles and at least one nest of wasps were not impressed. The move was temporarily halted to allow the hoist operator to receive treatment for wasp stings.
Monday, August 4, 2008
1. Overhaul the thru-hulls.
2. Strip the bottom of old antifouling paint, down to the original gel coat.
3. Paint with Interlux barrier coat (four coats).
4. Paint with antifouling paint (two coats).
If you think any of this sounds like fun you have never worked on a boat in a hot climate.
There is a very good chance that major subcontracting to local labor will occur.
Check back in a week.
2. Keep the boat in the water.
3. Stay in the boat.
If you add "Don't set fire to your boat and if your do put the fire out", you have pretty well covered all eventualities.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
1. Overhaul all thru-hulls and paint bilge. Possibly install a "Sea chest" and close up some existing thru-hulls.
2. Replace chain plates and reinstall masts. I would like to investigate moving the chain plates to the outside of the hull.
3. Overhaul the fuel tanks.
4. Overhaul water tanks.
5. Re-Plumb the fresh/salt water systems.
6. Install new hatches (already purchased by previous owner).
7. Re-install rigging and winches.
8. Re-install windlass.
I think I've just hit phase three of the project.
Phase 2: Wild enthusiasm
Phase 3: Dejected disillusionment
Phase 4: Total confusion
Phase 5: Search for the guilty
Phase 6: Punishment of the innocent
Phase 7: Promotion of nonparticipants