A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Although we have only been working since November, it feels like we have already undertaken “a journey.”
This week was short due to Christmas, but on the eve of the biggest holiday of the year, we took the biggest steps thus far on the boat.
This week’s projects:
· Baked some special Christmas cookies for the marina guys to say thanks for all the hard work…and for turning a blind eye to all the DIY projects
They were a big hit, and didn’t last the day ^_^
· Finished painting rust stop enamel in water tank, it’s now ready for the water bladder
Finally, the job that wouldn’t end is O-V-E-R
· The guys started prepping the bottom hull for painting
Areas where the paint was chipped or cracked were
sanded down and covered with epoxy
Primed for paint
· Painted rust stop enamel in aft cabin and engine room
Aft cabin after painting…I still need to get the very back
· STEPPED THE MAST!!!!! Stuart and Gerard came out to help. It took two attempts to get the mast up, but we eventually had success!
Spreaders, stays, and shrouds attached
Getting ready to hoist her up!
Up she goes!
…and up as high as the lift will take her.
Too bad it’s not high enough
We took it down, adjusted the fulcrum,
and added chain to keep her steady
I think she’s going to make it this time!
Over to the mast step
Lining it up…
…is it going to fit?
The added rubber makes the mast too tall...
Easily remedied with a saw
LIKE A GLOVE!!
I can’t wait to see this under a starry sky
anchored in some distant tropical sea
She’s a real boat! Just look at those lines!
Tightening the turnbuckles
· Rick delivered our brand new Yanmar and helped drop it into the engine compartment
Shiny and new
Lining up the lift
Strapping her in
And up she goes!
(and check out that awesome paint job)