Lunchtime Update.. No we have not given up.

Baby News

As our little girl grows day by day we are pretty busy.  Where does all the time go?


Calm down.....

Calm down…..

The latest scan shows our little girl is developing perfectly.  All her fingers and toes and good movement and heartbeat.

Baby in the belly...

Baby in the belly…

Motor News

Well, I have yet to find the time and get the engine running. 

A few excuses:

  1. 2 days with temps below 40
  2. a few days of rain
  3. Doctors visits for the baby
  4. Having to waste an afternoon setting up a court date for a bs traffic ticket.
  5. Rehabbed my Trek mountain bike after 9 years of sitting in the garage.   I have been using it to commute to work, feal the burn baby…

All that said I have been working hard to get the control panel and wire harness done.   I wil supply some pictures of the panel later when I get to turning up the motor.   

I do have motor oil in the motor, I now need to finish wiring the control panel so I can get the required 20lbs of of oil pressure and then start her up.

Motor in the Raw

Motor in the Raw

After she is idling well we will need to schedule a day with the boatyard to drop her into the boat and also step the mast.

Fuel tank-

We have opted to replace the original fuel tank (30+ years old) and found the best price for a replacement is from Catalina Yachts.  They manufature over in St.Pete so I gave them a call and they said the could  fabricate a new tank for $380+ shipping.  This is good since they have our boats specs and we know it will fit.    

Funny thing is a week after they said it was going to ship we had not recieved the tank or been billed.  I emailed the parts fellow and asked if there was an issue, he responded he would call the subcontractor that did their tanks and let me know when it would ship. 

   Sure enough they had some kind of delay and it shipped that day. We now have a nice new fuel tank sitting in our livingroom and Catalina Yachts have yet to bill us for it.  I have let them know we have the tank. Who knows, maybe it is a freebee?

Mast Work

Yes the mast is now finished.

We have done a lot of work refitting the mast and she is ready to be put back on the boat.

In addition to stripping off the flaking white paint and treating it with Alodine to inhibit corrosion here is a list of some of the things we have done starting at the masthead and working down.

  • Installed bird spikes.

    Masthead work

    Masthead work

  • New windvane
  • New LED anchor light
  • New ball bearing sheaves
  • New cotter pins
  • New Forestay
  • New Backstay
  • New upper shrouds
  • New Halyards (3)
  • New topping lift (aft and it will serve as a backup halyard)
  • New masthead VHF antenna
  • New steaming and foredeck light fixture
  • New spreader brackets (CDirect) 
  • New Aluminum spreaders (Catalina Yachts)
  • New Radar reflector on Starboard shroud
  • New deck floodlight on Starboard spreader
  • New signal halyard on Starboard spreader
  • New dedicated AIS VHF antenna on Port spreader
  • New lower shrouds
  • All new interior wiring and coaxial cable with all lights tested
  • All new turnbuckles

When we put the mast up it will be placed on our freshly powder coated mast step with the new stainless plate underneath.  We also have the updgraded lower shroud chainplate kit from Catalina Direct installed.

Completed mast..

Completed mast..

Quite a list.

 In Closing

Hopefully we will have more to report in the next few weeks. 

I depart with a photo of a derelict near Cocoa Village. 

Fixer upper free to good home.

Fixer upper free to good home.

God Bless.