The Fuel Police!!!

I am attempting to give the 10 gallons of diesel in the Bells’ tank away on CL. It has seemed to bring out the crazies.

Here is the text of my ad that includes the odd email.

10 Gallons of diesel fuel

I just bought a old boat that the previous owner had removed the diesel motor from about a year ago. It has a 20 gallon tank that shows 50% full on the gauge. Bring some cans and a pump and the fuel is yours. I need to pull the tank to install a larger one.

Also of note the sailboat is on stands so it will require climbing a ladder. The tank is in the cabin floor but easy to access by removing the fill hose or if you have the proper fittings hooking the pump to the fuel lines for the motor.
I recently was contacted by a concerned citizen so I will address some issues raised.

To quote
“Dude, Nobody wants your old, bad, gas….sat for 1 year and you want somebody to take it off your hands for FREE….It is no good, would have to filter so many times…do yourself and take to County Dump to dispose of proper…dont dump in water or land….EPA is watching…$10,000.00 fine to you….$25,000.00 Reward to me…Be watching you…Could use the money, do the correct thing. Or delete your ad after you do deal. CL rules.”

Really? Diesel fuel goes bad? I guess all those utility company standby generators with 1000 gallon tanks and boats with 350 gallon tanks burn all their fuel on a set schedule. Wait a second, they polish their fuel? Really, a basic rig with a fuel few filters and possibly a water separator built in. Strangely enough you can find polishing services on places like Craig’s list.

Also, due to the fact I am sitting in a boatyard someone with their own setup may just want $40 of fuel.

How about the poor folks with fuel oil heaters, they could run it through a filter and burn it for heat.

Or maybe someone with a tractor. Had a buddy who would runs his on his filtered turkey fryer oil. I would give it to him if he lived a little closer but alas it is only an estimated 10 gallons.

So in closing.

In a month or so when I am at the stage of placing my new 29 gallon tank I will go about pumping it into cans and recycle. Until then I will keep it on CL and give someone a chance to get it.

Hope our concerned citizen runs for office or works on some kind of petition drive. This country needs more Eco-fascists.

It takes all kinds.

The ad can be views here

Craig’s list ad

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Gripping, Genji is struck, bathing in acid, rescued from fries.

Oh were to start. I guess from the beginning.

Gripping Stuff

We arrived after lunch yesterday and proceeded to apply our non skid decking. Kiwi Grip.

It is about the consistency of yogurt, applied with a spoon and notched trowel. Then rolled with a textured roller for grippy peaks.

It does seem to work very well and looks nice. ( blue is the unpainted bit)

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Here is were we stand as of now as we ran out of paint. We still have half of our house top to do. Another quart is on order and we hope it will be enough.

Genji is struck

S/V Genji is no longer. Today we took our rubber decal wheel and stripped the transom clean.

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From here forward she will be
S/Y LoriBell

Bathed in Acid

Before Christmas I scrubbed the Bell with soap and water using a nice stiff brush. Today Lori an I bathed her in acid. (Toilet bowl cleaner to be exact)

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I brushed it on and Lori rinsed her off.

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Lori getting a little bit of scraping barnacles action in.

Now that she is clean we can sand and prime.

Food

Having Charlie with us has forced us to eat on the boat or do drive thru dinning lately. Until tonight.

For the first time we left the puppy on the boat as we went out to a real restaurant. Reports from the neighbor state he was quite yippy but the boat muffled a lot of the noise.

We went to eat at Chef Larry’s place.
Chef Larry’s place. <===Link

We had a nice tandoori chicken appetizer, soup, salad and prime rib with mashed potato and green beans as sides. The food and service was excellent.

This cash only nook is a nice stop if for a surprisingly good meal here in Titusville.

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Lori chose a good one when she picked Larry’s for dinner.

Yuletide feelings and paint brushes.

Busy day today. We installed all the starboard chainplates. Rebed the last starboard window and painted the starboard side of the cockpit.

Here you can see some of the new chainplates and bedding material that I had yet to clean up.

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In the second photo you can see the new bolts going through the deck that now secure it to the forward bulkhead. One has to wonder at the failure that occurred in the past to warrant this modification. It came in the upgrade kit so we are happy to have it.

Check out this after picture of the cockpit. Port side has yet to be painted and the seat tops are just primer waiting for nonskid.

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Yule

Lori erected our little boat tree today.

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And with the Christmas spirit in mind I close with some photos of our recent visit to the Christmas post office to mail cards.

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Solar and Hydro

Solar

Last week I installed a Watts Up meter on my solar array. Just knowing what it does is pretty interesting.

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It appears since installing the meter the array has made 44 amp hours of power at 12v. Not shabby since the panel stays in the cockpit and gets a bunch of shade. Once installed it will get more sun. We will also be upgrading the charge controller as there are some that are 30%+ more efficient than the controller I have.

Water
Tragically we can not easily view our new meter because it sits behind a bucket.

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The bucket is to catch water dripping from the overhead.

The water is getting between the deck and liner we hoped only from the windows. Yesterday I discovered it is getting in via the chainplates as well.

It appears the starboard rear chainplate had no real bedding to keep out the water.

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The water was seeping in as evidenced by the backing plate.

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It is not the end of the world however. We already have a upgrade kit on hand and plan to replace all the chainplates soon anyway. This one will just be the first.

Solar and Hydro

Solar

Last week I installed a Watts Up meter on my solar array. Just knowing what it does is pretty interesting.

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It appears since installing the meter the array has made 44 amp hours of power at 12v. Not shabby since the panel stays in the cockpit and gets a bunch of shade. Once installed it will get more sun. We will also be upgrading the charge controller as there are some that are 30%+ more efficient than the controller I have.

Water
Tragically we can not easily view our new meter because it sits behind a bucket.

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The bucket is to catch water dripping from the overhead.

The water is getting between the deck and liner we hoped only from the windows. Yesterday I discovered it is getting in via the chainplates as well.

It appears the starboard rear chainplate had no real bedding to keep out the water.

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The water was seeping in as evidenced by the backing plate.

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It is not the end of the world however. We already have a upgrade kit on hand and plan to replace all the chainplates soon anyway. This one will just be the first.

Working away

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Back to the Marina and back to work this weekend.

Lori and I have accomplished a lot. Moved the marker a little.

Poo for you

One of the first things we did on Saturday is install the poo holding tank.

I had to bring the largest adjustable wrench I had to remove the valve off the thru hull and allow the tank to be place. It was still a bit tight getting the tank in even with the valve not there. We had to lube the tank bottom, top and side with hand soap and pound it in using a heavy object. Mainly a fire extinguisher. We are all about the safety.

Once it popped past the thru hull fitting the it moved easy. We will have to do some fiberglass work and secure the tank in position before we can finish plumbing in the new waste system.

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I also removed the broken fitting of the head sink.

I had snapped the hose barb off when I was removing the old holding tank. Removal required cutting the sched 40 adapter with my robe iron to loosen it enough to remove.

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Windows

Having purchased a set of used windows from a fellow C30 owner we replaced the 2 forward leakers and rebed a third. At the moment we are half way done with window work having tackled the worse offenders.

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We are using a particularly stick butyl tape as witnessed here.

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Hand Rails

The Bell came with 2 teak hand rails in the pile o junk we had to sort through. We decided to install one by the companionway near the galley and the second on the inside of the companionway hatch to aid in opening it from the inside. Both a visible in this picture

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Yes, we do plan on making better companionway doors sometime in the future.

Wiring

I finished stage 1 of the rewire in that the distribution panels and solar charging system are now up to snuff.

I wired in the LED indicators on the master switches and installed a meter to monitor the performance of our solar panel.

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Paint

Yes, we actually made progress painting.

Lori finished off the second coat on everything topside forward of the cockpit. I finished priming the cockpit.

Pictures

Here are some pictures of the boat yard. A bit of boat porn if you may.

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Motors an such.

It is Friday and this weekends plans entail painting and windows. However I had the day off from work and made the most of it.

This morning I was on the Clew cleaning. Made her cabin a little more presentable and took off some gear we will be needing in the future.

Atomic 4 Motor

After finishing my work on the Clew I returned to the house just in time for us to take delivery of our new motor. I purchased it online and had it hauled down from Maryland using Uship.com .

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Atomic 4 engine are gas fired and rated at 20 to 30 hp.

Atomic 4 wiki page

Another good resource is the Moyer Marine page. Moyer Forum

So onto some pictures.

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Some good things about this particular motor are that there are part and support readily available and our boat was specifically designed with this motor in mind.

Blog title

Ok,  so at lunch today I fiddled in Paint and made a Logo for our boat.

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It is our S/V Lori Bell.

Lori and I have been discussing names and a moto.

We have come to an agreement that the Genji will be Renamed Lori Bell.

We have also made our ships moto Every Good Thing

The moto is taken from the Book of Psalms 16:2   cev

The Best Choice

16 Protect me, Lord God!
I run to you for safety,
and I have said,
“Only you are my Lord!
Every good thing I have
is a gift from you.”

We do windows.

This weekend we scratched out 2 days to get some work done on the boat. The weather was not cooperative with rain showers rolling in at a pretty consistent interval.

Windows

In between showers we tried to rebed some of the windows on the boat using butyl rubber.

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It appears they used something similar to plumbers putty to seal them previously.

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Lori and I did our best to clean the windows up before replacing them.

Some issues we have run into on the three windows we got done.

  • Stripped out screw
  • Broken screws
  • Oversized screws
  • Missing screws

A trip to the store is in order to get some screws.

Paint
We did not get that much painting done. We had a 3 hours spell without a rain shower that allowed us to clean the deck and it to dry enough for a wipe-down with rags enabled painting. Lori did finish the starboard side of the house and I managed to clean, prep and paint the starboard side of the cockpit and combing.

Lori also got the barnacles off the dinghy with the help of a scaler loaned to us by a neighbor. Looking good.

We stayed busy for the two days we put in this weekend and got things done. Of course we hoped to get more painting done but the weather did not cooperate.