Since baby girl is here I have put a new life event on the timer.
There is a plan….
Since baby girl is here I have put a new life event on the timer.
There is a plan….
Logs N Baby
I recently purchased two log books.
One we call the “Ships Log”. In it we will be recording who visits and when as well as were we go and what we do. Hopefully mostly fun entries. Anyone that comes aboard is welcome to make an entry.
The other is the “Maintenace Log” I. It we will record any major work and routine work done to the boat.
This weekend we put our first entry in the ships log. I roughly states “Elizabeth Flora Lillian Monroe visited the boat and spent her first night aboard”. A pretty cool entry.
We first had to get her a PFD. Actually we have had one in the garage a few years now. Still with sale label attached. We were able to use it.
To take her to and from the boat we suit her up in this thing for the off chance we fall off the dock.
We have a small sleeper for her to stay in. We actually use this at home also, it folds up nice and has a carry handle.
Unfortunately this weekend had me make the third entry in the maintenance log. This entry listes things I found that needed repair due to lightning. It took half a page.
Basically all the engine gauges and the electronic ignition system are shot.
Surprisingly enough I worked on wiring and the mast lights all survived. Steaming, spreader, foredeck spot and anchor light all work. The only navigation bulb we had blow was the stern light.
I replaced the radio and charge controller.
I also replaced the exhaust hose this weekend.
To get it from the motor compartment to I laced the end of the hose with a tie wrap.
This allowed me to feed a rope down inside and with the help of a screwdriver make that last tight bend through the the forward bulkhead of the sail locker.
In replacing the aft section of hose I had to crawl back under the cockpit behind this hatch.
A better view of the work area.
Lucky for me I did this part first thing in the morning before the heat set in.
Up next trip, tuning the rig, aligning motor, replacing burnt up stuff and hopefully going out and about for the first time.
I have less than a week left on my baby leave from work. Back to the grind Monday.
I have been missing the boat and being very close to actually cruising trim I am anxious to get things done.
Today I decided to take the Yellow sled out to the marina and get a little done on replacing the exhaust hose.
Checking the new dock lines they appear to be getting a but of a salt and pepper look to them.
I went below to open things up and air it and the boat seemed fine.
I went to energize the fans, throwing the master toggle for the aft fuse panel. It seemed loose, the knob was just hanging there. The master led would not light and there was no click in the switch. Further investigation showed the forward fuse panel master light would not energize. ugghh.
I broke out the digital multi meter to check the batteries.
All the batteries looked good, hmm. Time to open up the fuse panel.
Looking at the one master switch it was missing, the entire back was not there any more.
At this point I came the conclusion we had been struck by lightening. Oh my.
I rewired the aft control panel so I was getting electricity on the bus. After that I energized the electronics and turned on the chart plotter (the only thing currently installed as the AIS and VHF with Ram mic are in the trunk of the car.) Sure enough the Plotter turned on.
I then tried to determine what we had lost. The cabin fans were running once I turned on the accessories but the hand held vhf radios were not charging. A new fuse int he charger plug and they started to take a charge and both turned on also, Good news.
All the interior lights worked except for the Vberth and the starboard reading lamp. Here is a photo of the port reading lamp.
The starboard lamp.
The AM/FM no longer functioned. Replaced fuse and got a good smoke smell from inside of it.
As the the VHF antennas run down the mast and enter the cabinetry directly behind the starboard reading lamp I decided it was a good idea to take a look at the masthead. I dug out the binoculars.
Walking back along the dock and observing the masthead with the binocs I was unhappy to find the upper VHF whip is now missing. Looking at it with the specks you can see the white base is blown apart much like Elmer Fuds rifle when he has a run in with bugs bunny.
Edit: I just noticed from looking at this photo the bird spike above my wind vane is also gone….. Grrrr. I wonder how long until some vermin ruins it or the vane falls off since it still moves.
I see a trip up the mast in my future.
It looks like the bolt vaporized my whip, traveled down the coax and then jumped into the lamp and accessory circuit back to the panel. It ruined my smart switch voltage indicator, my solar charge controller and watt meter.
Also I tried to energize the motor instrument cluster but it ate some fuses. So we have a casualty in the motor etc. Hopefully it is just a gauge or the blower fan. If we are unlucky the Electronic ignition on the motor could be shot. I will have to chase that rabbit at a later date.
I was happy to find the bilge pump working correctly. Yay…
After taking stock of our losses and ordering some replacement parts (solar charge controller, AM/FM radio and indicator LEDS) I then attempted to run in the new exhaust hose.
However I had lost motivation and after fighting with it for an hour or two called it quits and came home.
I did not expect to be making a boat related update this weekend. It is odd how things happen that I am now doing so.
Friday afternoon we had a knock on the door, strange in that the UPS guy usually drops the box on the stoop and hits the bell and runs.
I just happened to be close to the door so strolled over to find the mailman standing there with a certified letter. “Oh my” I signed for it and discovered it was from the City of Titusville, a marina contract.
My first thought was it was an eviction notice or some such due to our rotten dock lines and the fact we had not put our current state sticker on the boat, quite severe I thought. I resolved to head out to Titusville first thing this morning and resolve these issues and get things straight.
At 8:00 this morning I kissed Lori and Elizabeth goodbye and drove out to the marina to make things right.
When I arrived I headed straight for the ships store and inquired about the letter. “Oh that, you a live-aboard? No, well that is just a new contract, everyone is getting one.” Huh?
It turns out that the City Of Titusville is basically evicting all live-aboards out of the marina as of July 31st. You can see a new rate schedule at the website and sure enough there are no live-aboard rates but for folks living out on the balls.
Yikes, suffice it to say there are some unhappy folks at the marina. As luck would have it I arrived just in time for a meeting between the live-aboards and the DockMaster and City Lawyer.
For those unfamiliar with the live-aboard community there are a few types. But for brevity we will say there are Hobo types that live in a floating shack and then the retired community. Most marina dwelling live-aboards fall into the “retired” category and as far as that goes I am of the opinion that they are usually more well off and have things together than the average person. Part of the appeal to Lori and myself of the boating lifestyle is the people you meet, very fine people.
After listening in on the meeting a few minutes I came to the conclusion the State of Florida has made Live-Aboard leases for marinas untenable and the City is doing away with them. My guess is the City is loosing money on the marina and wants the live-aboard lease issue resolved before putting it on the market.
After deciding the meeting was going no place very quickly I went over to the Lori Bell and replaced the dock lines.
I took the opportunity to take some current photos of the Lori Bell to document our refit work.
Here is how she looked before we started.
Of course nothing would be complete without the inclusion of our newest and dearest family member.
Happy happy happy happy…….
The best days in a boat owners life.
At around 9 this morning the marina called. I told them I was sorry I did not make it out to change the lines as I was busy.
As I was speaking with the this was who was asleep in my arms.
Little girl is amazing.
Monday I received a call from our new DockMaster in reference to our dock lines. We need to replace them as they are not acceptable.
We noticed it Sunday moving the Bell, the cheap Chinese anchor rode I was using as docklines had degraded in the sun and are now falling to pieces.
I ordered a new set of 5 double braid black lines to replace them. Seems that black is a unpopular color for dock lines as they were 30% the price of the blue or gold colored lines.
Amazon delivered the lines Wednesday afternoon. Lori and I were going to run out to Titusville Friday after work and I was to replace the lines and then we were going to have dinner at Chef Larry’s before going home as we planned to really start prepping the house for baby girls arrival.
Thursday afternoon we went to the doctors office for Lori and Baby’s biweekly checkup.
Baby gets 20 minutes on the monitor.
Loris blood pressure (BP) was high and Doc worried about preeclampsia decided it was best to send us to the hospital. Winnie Palmer here in Orlando, they are the #2 hospital in the nation for baby deliveries.
So here we are in still at the hospital , it is Saturday morning, and they have Lori’s BP under control with medication. With the baby being 36+ weeks along they are working towards getting Lori to deliver conventionally thru the use of drugs in the next day or so. Baby girl is fine but the fear is if Lori’s condition worsens it will endanger the baby.
So now for a short mid week update.
I received a call from our new Dock master, we need to replace our dock lines. We noticed this weekend that the cheap Chinese rope had not stood up well to the Florida sun. As we had not been moving the rot had gone unnoticed.
New lines are on order.
Also on order:
Things I have yet to install that are on hand:
The kicker is we were not planning to go out this weekend and I had a feeling we are not going to be working on her for at least a month or two as the baby is really close, but the dock masters call has pretty much made a visit go on the schedule.
We also need to contact a diver to clean her bottom and I have to tune the rig with my new Loos gauge and we need to measure and order a mainsail cover. Mehhhh….
I think we will just go out Friday and eat at Chef Larrys after we put on the new lines and then come home. I have a lot of work to do around the house to prepare for our little girls arrival.
Last night (Monday) Lori and I took a tour of Winnie Palmer hospital since we plan on delivering there. A very nice hospital.
After the tour ended around 9 pm we were sitting in the waiting room of the Triage area filling out Lori’s preregistration paperwork. As she filled in the blanks a lady came to the admissions counter and stated she thought the baby was coming. This got our attention and we both looked up just as her water broke. Wow, never seen that happen before and it kinda brings it all home…..
Oh, were to start.
First let me say thank you to my brother Dana for coming out to help us today. We could not have got things done with out his patient assistance.
Saturday started bright and early with me getting up at my normal hour and running to the store for vittles, gasoline and ice.
I got home after 8am and Lori was ready to go. We loaded the Escape with the goodies and the pups as well not a small number of boat parts.
We headed out, not to Titusville but to Daytona. The reason, to visit a prospective new marina. After 55 minutes we arrived, a nice marina only 2 blocks from the beach and close to Ponce Inlet so we can do some ocean sailing as well as being only 10 minutes further from the house than Titusville. Sweet. The downside, no room, we are on a waiting list now and it may take a year to get a slip.
After checking out the nice marina we were off to Westland in Titusville to get to work.
The last few weeks I had run into some roadblocks with parts but now we had everything or so we thought.
First we had to do the fuel system.
I installed the Carborator I had just cleaned, as well as a new inline filter between it and the fuel pump.
From the fuel pump I ran a hose back to the primary fuel filter and water separator.
Then from there a line back to the new fuel valve installed in the galley near the fuel tank.
From the valve I ran the final piece of fuel line back to the tank. All fuel line being 1A Marine rated.
After finishing the install of the entire fuel system I then installed the water lift muffler I bought online. It fit like a glove. Easy.
Then finally went in the raw water strainer and anti siphon loop for the cooling system. The motor was ready to go.
I put 5 gallons of gasoline in the tank using my trusty shaky siphon, I bought a new shaky as I had left the old on the Clew when we sold her.
I then bypassed the safety switch on the fuel pump until I saw fuel in the glass filter near the carb, I did this as I did not want to have the engine crank as the pumps filled up the primary filter and fuel lines. It took about 15 seconds or so it seemed.
Then she was ready to start.
I only ran her for a few short minutes (the hobbs said 5) at idle, then I shut her down for the night. It was time for dinner.
After dinner we got back to the boat and I reinstalled the galley, drawers and all. We then made out the bed from the Salon table, a first for us sleeping in the salon as Lori is having trouble with the entry and exit from the Vberth at this point in her pregnancy.
Sunday morning we woke after a good nights sleep looking up at the brightening sky thru the bomar hatch in salon overhead.
I got up and enjoyed making a nice cup of coffee and breakfast for us both.
I turned on the pressurized water as I had hooked it up the night before but because we use the foot pump I did not test. Sure enough I hear the pump kick on for a minute and then cut off. I turned the tap, water. Yay.. Closed the tap as the pressure dropped and the pumped kicked in again and then hear a “snap, hissssss” that emanated from someplace under the cabin sole. Turned the knob, no water… Uggg, we now have a broken water line. No real bother since the foot pump works fine but I will need to fix it eventually.
As I was still enjoying my coffee I took the time to clean up a bit, it is amazing the amount of stuff you accumulate on a boat. Tools, hardware old and new, more hardware, sealers, hardware, drill bits, hardware.. I sorted and cleaned up enough of it to at least give us use of the navigation station again.
After fiddling with the Nav station I sorted out the shift linkage that was loose under the companionway ladder. Adding a washer and tightening everything down allowed us to properly work transmission.
We decided to try out the shifting and test the reverse in tied in the slip. We were hoping to get everything sorted and have Dana come out and help us as Lori can’t work deck at the moment. However we needed to ensure the transmission functioned properly before he drove out as we would hate to have him waste the trip.
To test the transmission we needed to start the motor, I took this as a good time to teach Lori how to do it.
As I walked her thru it she ended up sitting in the cockpit and hitting the start and the motor fired to life. She ran like a champ. We let her idle a bit and then Lori put her in Forward, clunk, the motor jumped a bit but the shaft started to turn, odd that jump wiggle, it appeared to be at the front of the motor.
Lori then pushed the shifter into reverse, nothing, I would need to adjust the reverse settings in the transmission. Not the end of the world as this is something that pretty much always needs adjusting after a rebuild.
As we discussed this with Lori in the cockpit and me looking down at the transmission linkage with the motor running I head an alarm. “Beep Beep Beep….Warning Carbon Monoxide Detected”. It was the CO alarm we installed over a year ago, it works and Oh my, we have and exhaust leek.
After shutting off the motor, tossing the dogs out into the cockpit and setting up the fans to blow fresh air into the boat as the bilge blower sucked old air out the alarm went out.
I looked about and it appears we have a hose and muffler failure.
I order 25 feet of new exhaust hose. At this point I don’t want to risk any old hose on the boat.
We also had a small water leak at the base of our new to us but used stainless water lift muffler. I will be calling some local shops and see if it can be repaired. A new stainless muffler cost more than $350 and a fiberglass replacement $175. Hopefully we can fix it.
Following this revelation I went ahead and adjusted the reverse on the transmission and Lori and I went next door to Titusville City marina. After talking to those folk we decided to move over there and save $2 a foot in slip fees, we would just have to ride in the cockpit and not go below. We called Dana and requested he come out to help.
Dana arrived and we cast off the lines and crept out of our slip.
At idle speed the Bell hardly moved and she had a loud knocking as we added turns. Ugg..
I believe the forward motor mounts are shot. These came with the boat and I reused them in a fit of economy. I think the moment we put her in gear the torque on the motor was too much and we lost alignment. Uggg.. New motor mounts are needed.
We limped into our new slip about 5 fairways away, a new marina under our own power.
Funny enough no CO alarm but the exhaust did leak a bunch of water.
This morning as I was working away in the quarter berth Lori called to me.
“Check this out.”
She was laying on the port settee keeping her feet above her heart due to ankle swelling. Her sleeping T shirt was stretched across her amply belly and sure enough things were happening.
Baby girl must have been dancing a jig in her belly because it was rocking and rolling as she turned side to side and poked with her feet. Holy smokes, that baby is active.
Yesterday afternoon we got to the boat with a relatively small number of parts in a box but a long list of things to do.
First thing I tackled was sorting out engine bay wiring a bit. I decided terminal strips were in order to allow for flexibility. Adding a Hobbs (hours) meter to the mix being part of the reasoning.
The top strip is energized when the Run switch is thrown in the cockpit this runs the coil, coolant pump (FWC).
The second strip is fed from the oil pressure cutoff switch (sourced from the run strip). This runs the fuel pump and hobbs meter. It only gets energized if the motor is turning and there is over 5 psi in the oil galleries.
The third strip is just a ground negative battery terminal tied to the engine block.
After fiddling with the wire I moved onto working on the engine controls.
First installing the throttle and choke cable bracket I made from uni-strut.
If you notice in the second photo there is no carburetor, after lining up the cables I removed it for one last cleaning before starting the motor on the boat.
After the throttle controls I connected up the shift cable.
For the cockpit controls and the backing block for the shift cable under the sole I had to bust out the resin. Smelly, yes, but good for preserving wood in a wet environment.
After judicious use of a hole saw and a bit of fitment work the blocks and controls are installed.
This is a big deal, the boat did not come with any functional engine controls. Through using the internet and scavenging from the seized up controls that came with the boat we now have a functional setup. With a bit of tweaking we will be good to go.
Also this weekend I worked on the fuel system. It involved bolting down the fuel tank to the hull and replacing the vent line as well as the thru hull vent.
I removed the old too short fuel filler hose and measured it. As it is six inches too short to reach the new tank fill I ordered a piece of hose seven feet long (a foot longer than the old filler hose) We will not be able to gas up the boat until this hose is installed.
I also installed our primary fuel filter and water separator.
We got the start battery installed this weekend. It it is under the quarter berth next to the fuel tank.
It is not the best place but space concerns made me compromise on this. I did put a backer block and strapped the battery box down so it will not move about.
After putting the battery in we (Lori manning the hose and me the manual bilge pump) flushed out the engine block water jacket via the heat exchanger thru the electric coolant pump into the bilge.
Once about 10 gallons pumped out of the block we got nice clear water, all the rust and crud left from the machine shop and subsequent work are no longer in the motor.
Our automatic bilge pump works great, I also tried my hand on the manual pump. It works fairly well but I do think it could use a rebuild. We cleaned the bilge as good as possible to remove all the sediment from years of neglect and our motor flushing.
We then filled the heat exchanger with antifreeze, making a point get as much air out of it as possible. Once the heat exchanger was done we tested turning over the motor.
Just awesome, Lori and I were both excited….
Four Missing Parts
We need the following parts to be able to start the motor.
I also need to clean the carberator and put together all the fuel lines etc, not a bit deal, all the heavy lifting is done.
We did a trip out the the Bell this weekend and spent Sunday night under the stars. Feeling a cool breeze on a cloudless night watching the sky scroll past.
One thing about the Vberth is you can prop the forward hatch all the way open and then you have a convertible bedroom. Last night in the 70s with a light sea breeze and things were perfect. Lori is a trooper being 7 months along and clambering up into the berth. Thankfully the head on the boat is now functional so no more need for long trips ashore when nature calls at midnight, that would just be too much.
We never sleep better than when we are on the boat and last night was a gentle reminder of why we love the boat and miss nights on the hook.
Sorry, no photos of this. Our iPhones take pretty poor night photos (probably a way to do it but needs research).
Controls and such
I worked on control cables and routing this weekend.
Cutting up a piece if angle iron (?) purchased at our local Ace Hardware I re-purposed some of the hold downs from the diesel controls that I had removed from the boat.
I dry fit these and roughly attached the cable and lucky for me everything fit after about three or four configuration attempts. I have brought the entire assembly home and plan on painting it to match with left over motor paint.
Also accomplished was using the sawzall to remove the corroded bolts from the cabin sole that hold the throttle cable in position to shift the transmission. New bolts and a backer block now line everything up nicely.
Now all that is left to do with the controls is the installation of the levers in the cockpit. I fabricated a new backing board for them this weekend as the original plywood was rotten so next weekend I will tackle that task.
Last week I had ordered new iron pipe from McMaster Carr to make an exhaust riser.
After getting the pipe fitted to the motor I started to line it up with the water lift muffler. After removing a small fragment of exhaust hose from the inlet port I discovered it had a 2″ port not the 1.5″ port I need to match my exhaust manifold or the 1.5″ exit port on the same muffler. I just assumed inputs and outputs would match. Scratch one muffler, it will not work and a new one has been ordered. If the water lift that came with the boat had worked I would now be done with exhaust work, oh well.
After the muffler I installed an overflow tank for the cooling system. We are now done with the cooling system except for the 2 missing parts, a anti-siphon loop and a raw water strainer. Both have been ordered and are int he mail.
I started on installation of the fuel system, putting a shutoff valve in the galley.
I will be mounting the filter/water separator below it in the engine compartment.
I also replaced the “DIESEL” labeled 1.5″ deck fill with a new one properly labeled “Gas” since now we will be burning petroleum.
Another task I accomplished this weekend is I wired up the engine control panel and blower into ships power. You can now energize the panel, turn on the blower, turn on the ignition and hear the fresh water cooling pump start to work.
Also visible in the above photo is the wrapped exhaust, failed black water lift muffler, finished raw water lines. On top of the motor is a small secondary fuel filter to go between the fuel pump and carburetor.
We were hoping to finish things off next week. A short list of what is left to do.
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