“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
(An especially helpful quote when we stop and look around the cabin, see all the mayhem and anxiety starts to creep in).
This week many larger projects were completed that required small steps to achieve a greater goal.
This week’s projects:
· Used a scaler to loosen and break off rust under the mast step
· Removed toilet to test at home. Decided to replace black water discharge seacock
· Opened chain locker to inspect and formulate a plan to ease drainage, locker looks good. Windlass currently not hooked up, un-spooled all chain out to see if end bolted to hull…it is.
· Finished sanding and oiling teak
Teak went from gray to brown ^_^
· Jim (Jim #4) from PPI came by to measure for v-berth mattress and give estimates for cushions. We cut off the "new" cushion cases to see if interior foam was recoverable.
The old cushions (port side)
· More grinding of water tank lid. Found an old circular saw blade (we didn't care if it was ruined), that sped things up. Also acquired a metal cutting blade for grinder. Top was finally removed and Ransom began cutting out baffles (walls in water tank to prevent sloshing). VICTORY! Six days after starting to carve the water tank for a rubber bladder, Ransom conquered the ancient beast!
The top is off!
Baffles and lid be gone!!!
Ransom the saw wielding monster vanquished the water tank!
· Leaks in diesel hunted down and remedied. We got the new glow plugs for the engine, but were unable to crank her because there is a 24 volt current going directly to the plugs and we need to reduce that to 12 volts or the new plugs will burn out before their time.
· Ransom cut out steel pipes from engine compartment and cleared out clutter.
Steel pipes and clutter from engine room
· Opened the can of worms that is the electrical panel. Ransom played with the breakers, most lights work, but a more detailed inquiry will be conducted next week.
The mayhem that is the cabin...
· Removed paneling from v-berth. Very difficult job as screws were all flat heads and entombed behind joint compound and layers of paint. Had to use a hammer, screwdriver, paint scraper, crowbar, and drill to finish the job. Cut cardboard templates for v-berth and head.
Old v-berth panels
Example of a flat head hidden behind layers of paint and joint compound
All panels removed
Templates cut for v-berth
Head template cut
· The rust hunt began, and we sprayed rust eater on any spots we found to prepare for a rust inhibiting primer.
Rust found behind insulation in v-berth (never fear, 'tis all cosmetic)
· Cleaned mast ropes
See those nice white ropes? They used to be green!
· Repaired and remounted navigation lights at top of mast, and re-rigged ropes
· Radar mast remounted with rubber pads under step plate
Ransom cutting rubber for radar mast
· Mounted the wind vane steering system
New wind vane steering system (and a nice view of the rehabed teak)
Radar mast and wind vane steering system
· Rubber epoxied onto mast step to protect deck from mast. Another layer of epoxy added around rubber to make water tight (not pictured).