Thursday was pretty warm, the high 80s and muggy. 4pm rolled around and it was time to get off work, punch out as they say. We have been busy, physically upgrading the network so it was a pleasure to hop in the Escape and turn on the AC. I have been riding my bicycle to work daily but yesterday was different, I had to go get a trailer to haul our Atomic 4.
After filling our 5 gallon water jug with ice off to Uhaul I went and brought a trailer home. At $16 a day a good deal.
Loading the motor, pushing 400lbs up a ramp is indeed work.
I had to drain the oil out of the motor before loading it up, as an A4 does not have a forward oil seal, just a slinger. If you tilt the motor forward 5 quart fill just pour out, much like a jug. I also had to install the motor mounts as they were still on the failed motor from last May.
Once prepped and secured to its pallet and furniture dolly up into the trailer it went.
There she sits.
Once loaded it was 6:30pm, just enough time for me to get a shower and go to Lamas class with my bride. It was week one of the seven week class, very informative to me but I will note the more I know the more I get stressed out by the PG thing and all that can go wrong.
After we got out of class at 9pm we proceeded home retrieved to puppies, trailer and a change of cloths. Off to Titusville we went, arriving at around 10:30 and finally turning in for the night at 11.
Early wake up.
The alarm on my iPhone went off at 6:30am. After hitting the snooze and getting an extra 6 minutes shuteye I had to get up. I lit up the trusty butane stove and heated the water for 3 cups of coffee (all for me as Lori does not drink coffee). After relaxing in the cockpit for a bit I got to work tearing apart the galley and removing the sinks and bar.
We had a 9am appointment to place the mast and drop in the motor. After considerable work the engine bay was ready for the Abomb.
View from the cockpit looking down thru the companionway.
Note a set of Lori feet. Also you can see the aft side of the bilge pump in this picture.
After I had removed the bar and started back on my coffee Dana showed up. He was a lifesaver today and we are very thankful.
We walked over to the garage at 9 looking for the boatyard folks. After a brief discussion they told us we would do the mast first and we should move the boat over to the concrete dock so the lift could get access.
Dana worked the dock and I the deck of the boat. A first for him as we moved the Bell with no engine and just ropes and boat hooks around the marina. Lucky for us there was no wind this morning. With a little help from other boaters (in self interest of saving their paint) we got her over to the dock.
Dana’s first save of the day, without his help I would have been stuck. Lori, being 6 months along is merely a spectator at this point as she should not be exerting herself.
The yard folks then proceeded to lift the mast and place her on deck.
Dana and Myself waiting at the boat for the mast. Goofy hats and sunburn were the thing today.
Once the mast arrived Dana went below and pulled the cable down thru the step as I fed it. A true pain in the but is I may say so myself. His second save of the day as an extra set of hands are crucial.
Lori did video this part of the operation but due to the angle and distance it did not turn out well.
After the mast was placed we turned the boat around, hooked the motor to the crane and lifted her in. This went surprisingly well and the jig I made over was key.
Hooking the motor to the lift.
Motor in the Bell.
After the motor was in place we moved the Bell back into her slip. Again Dana saved the day.
The Lori Bell in her slip with her nice shiny mast.
If you blow up the photo you can see a lot of sag in the forestay. I will have to tighten and tune all the rigging before be head out.
Getting the motor running.
- Wiring in the control panel
- Installing the throttle, choke and shift cables
- Installing fuel lines, filters and hoses
- Installing heat exchanger, water pump and hoses
- Installing exhaust system
Wiring up the mast and radios.
- Anchor, deck, spreader and steaming lights
- VHF radio install and cable
- AIS transceiver install and cable
Tuning rigging and sails.
- Tune forestay, backstay and shrouds to proper tension and mast alignment
- Rig traveler
- Install boom and main sheet
- Install sails, main and furling jib
- Order sail cover
- Install jib sheets
Our immediate plans are to get the standing rigging set so the mast stays up, get the mast cabling out of the Vberth and run back to the Nav station and get the motor running so we can move out of Westland and back to the City Marina. Yay to pavement and nice bathrooms.