Control Cable Excitement- Filets and Delays

First a List

I have had a bit of time to think about the order of operations to get the motor in order and the Bell underway.  Here it is what I will be doing next.

  1. Fix back stay clevis pins (they are rigged poorly without the proper cotter pins)
  2. Align the motor with the shaft- I have a rough plan on lifting the front of the motor using a 4×4, floor jack, rope and ladder.
  3. Install and connect control cables
  4. Install exhaust system
  5. Install cooling system
  6. Finish final wiring of motor an batteries
  7. Install fuel system

Not bad, but a decent list.

Control Cables, Filet, First Delay

Yesterday I got home from work and decided to be industrious and clean up a bit. I wanted to sneak in a little boat work and as cleaning included pulling out my salvaged control cables I had purchased from Catalina Outfitters. (Found thru the Catalina 30 facebook forum)  I thought I could lube them and get a feel to the condition of the setup.  These cables combined with the control knob assembly that came with the Bell have me thinking we are in good shape.

I pulled them out and started opening the packaging first cutting away the box.   I was happy to see the morse clamp for attaching the cable end under the cabin sole was included with the end fitting to attach the cable to the shifter.   I got pretty excited and started removing the tie wraps that kept thing coiled up with my rigging knife.

Maxam Sailors Multi-Tool
by BF Systems
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Awesome knife,  has a handy marlin spike, shackle key and sharp blade.

Control cables being unpacked.

Control cables being unpacked.

In the course of my excitement I got careless and slipped.  I knew something was wrong when I felt my trusty knife blade strike bone.

Filet O Hand

Filet O Hand

A nice deep gash in my right hand.  I immediately applied direct pressure and raised the wound above my heart.

Lori drove me to the local Centra Care and and about 1.5 hours later I was all stitched up

5 stitches later

5 stitches later

Lori and I discussed it and this episode is a good indicator that we need to take a first aid class that includes basic stitching and such.  We do have an emergency kit on the boat with strips but we think stitches and proper dressing needs to be added to the portfolio.

Now I can not use my right hand for the next 5 days,  not the end of the world since I am left handed but still and inconvenience.

More Delays

Not only is the work on the control cables and cleaning out the garage on hold but more is going on.

When we got home we found out from our Realtor that the rental house we are selling passed all inspections, we will have to close on it a week from Friday.  This is welcome in the long term as it frees me from maintenance concerns on that property but bad in that I need to get a lot of our stuff out of the garage.  It looks like this weekend I will be cleaning out that garage and stuffing the junk in our already junk filled garage.

Having limited hand use and Lori not being able to help due to the fact we have no desire to stress the baby make me not look forward to this weekend.

Will we get the boat going and into the other Marina before our little girl arrives?   It looks like very tight at the moment.

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Boat Break- Fun N Sun 2015

We are not going to be making it out to the boat this weekend but as the saying goes.  “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Lori and I were luck enough to attend Fun N Sun,   a fly in airshow in Lakeland Florida with friends and family.

One of our wristbands to the event...  Thank you Di and Bunk for everything.

One of our wristbands to the event… Thank you Di and Bunk for everything.

If you have never attended an airshow let me say they are fun.   They have static displays in addition to flight demonstrations.  This show is even better as it is at a private facility and a large percentage of the attendants fly in for the show.  All the static displays arrived under their own power.

Here are a few.

B-24

B-24

B-24 rear end.

B-24 rear end.

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I think this is a TBF Avenger

I think this is a TBF Avenger

Avenger

Avenger

C-47

C-47

P-51

P-51

F4u Corsair

F4u Corsair

There were also a ton of non military planes on display, all of which we could walk around and look at and touch if desired.

Private Acrobatic plane

Private Acrobatic plane

A lot of the private planes were for sale.

As we walked around there were acrobatic demonstrations going on,  old warbirds, new biplanes, commuter planes, helocopters, all types.

C-47 Flyby

C-47 Flyby

Of course the the highlight of the day was the AirForce Thunderbirds flying their F-16s.

Thunderbirds.

Thunderbirds.

They were great.  Starting their show at 5pm and going for quite a while.

After the the Thunderbirds we got to witness the spectacle of all the folks that flew in rushing to get out of the airport before dark as they close the airport after dark for the fly in and some folks did not wish to spend the night.

This included some of the larger planes including the B-17.

B-17 moving down the flightline.

B-17 moving down the flightline.

 

Note that spectators are still close by.

As we were sitting sitting in a tent a lot of planes taxied by on their way out to the runway.

 

After things quieted down a bit we took all hopped in the back of Bunk and Di’s truck for the ride back to their place.   The ride back gives you a hint of the scale of the event.

Note the tents set up by a large number of planes so their pilots could stay the night.

After getting back their puppy was thrilled to see use.

Pig like dog

Hugo the dog

What a spectacular time.   A must do.

Moving Parts Weekend-Drama on the Foredeck- Part 2

After taking Saturday off we returned to work on the Bell Sunday.

We really want to get her into our old marina and to do so getting the motor running is first thing on the list.  So the plan is to get that taken care of first.

So logic would dictate that the first thing I worked on once we got to the boat Sunday morning was the mast wiring.  As it was all coiled in the Vberth and would keep us from going to sleep the next time we spend the night on the boat.

The wire bundle comes out of the compression post and is routed into the locker dresser on the starboard side.  Consisting of 2 LMR400 cables for radio and 3 romex type wires for mast lighting the bundle is just under 1″ in diameter.  I put it in split loom and used to anchor clamps, I am very happy with the results.

Exiting the compression post under the mast.

Exiting the compression post under the mast.

Entering the top of the dresser.

Entering the top of the dresser.

Of course we had to drill a few holes to route the cables back along the starboard side behind the settee.  We left it coiled there for now, as it is no longer underfoot and we do need to get the engine done.

Wires coiled behind starboard settee.

Wires coiled behind starboard settee.

Switching to motor work the first thing that needs to be done is aligning the motor with the propeller shaft.  If the alignment is off it can cause vibration and damage.  Lucky thing being the motor mounts are adjustable so I started at it.

Over a year ago I used a jig to set up the motor mounts/ engine bed so the Atomic 4 will align correctly when dropped in.  With the boat out of the water the motor jig both sat at 4degrees of horizontal.  It is said that the boat changes a bit when floating and this is indeed the case.  As of yesterday the prop shaft was at 7 degrees and the motor sat at 4 degrees still.  I need to raise the front of the motor about an inch to get the 3 degrees addition tilt.

Of course the motor weights in at over 400lbs as it currently sits. Quite a dead lift.  I need a crane or lift to raise the motor so I can shim the mounts.  Luck for me we are a sailboat, we have a boom, halyards that can lift a 1000lbs all positioned just above the motor waiting to be used.

Of course since we just put the mast back on the boat Friday the boom was still laying on the deck, and also the the forestay was a still a little loose for my taste if attempting to lift 500lbs or so with a boom and halyard setup.

First step, tighten forestay.   See how this works, I need to get the motor aligned and it leads me to tightening the standing rigging. Logically.

So up to the forestay I go.  After fiddling with the drum for the CDI flex furler (for our jib) I release it and slide it up allowing me access to the turnbuckle underneath and in theory letting me tighten the stay.

At this point I know the lover part of the turnbuckle is not the easiest to adjust. So I brought a big screwdriver for added leverage.    I inserted said long driver into the open turnbuckle and started to tighten and “POP“.   The furler is loose from the forward chainplate and the entire assembly is moving aft toward me very fast. As I lean into the furler above the drum and hold on for dear life my minds eye can see the mast tumbling down behind me.

As I held onto the furler for all I was worth I heard and saw a “PLOP” as the clevis pin that was holding the forestay to the chainplate hit the water about 5 feet off the port bow.  Oh my, here I am thinking I am holding up my mast by pure force of will with no pin to secure it back to the chainplate.  What to do?

Thinking for a moment I grabbed the slack of the starboard dockline and tied it to the furler, thus securing it to the cleat. Crisis averted.

Getting one of the jib halyards I set up a temporary forestay to the port cleat.  Using one of the mast winches I tightened it down and was able to reattach the forestay after adjusting it using a new spare pin I had in the spares bucket.

I guess the pin on the forestay was not set up that well on Friday when we stepped the mast.  Note to self, check all clevis pins.

With further research I do not thing the mast would have come down as I have the 2 forward lower shrouds reasonably tight.  Each can hold the mast up by itself, but at the moment I was sure it was tumbling.

As I finished up on the foredeck it started to rain.  I retreated to the shelter of the bimini top to wait it out.  Wanted to get things done with the downtime I decided to install the control panel for the motor.

Control panel, purchased blank for Moyer Marine.

Control panel, purchased blank for Moyer Marine.

With minimal cutting with the sawzall it was in and wire harness snaked down behind the galley.

I took advantage of a lull in the rain to go up on deck again and attempt to attach the goose neck to the boom.   This is were I discovered the new casting and pin I installed on the boom end due to the old one being cracked.   I need to attempt to put our old pin into the new end casting to utilize out old goose neck and attach the boom to the mast.   And it started to rain so I called it a day and retreated back to the bimini.

By this time it was getting late in the day.  We decided that with the rain the charcoal grill was out of consideration.  We busted out a cast iron skillet that came with the boat and cutting the steak into cubes and frying it up.  We had some nice steak fajitas.

Cooking in the cockpit.

Cooking in the cockpit.

Heavy Moving Parts, A Long Weekend – Part 1

Thursday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boat Moving.

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.

Mast stepping.

The yard folks then proceeded to lift the mast and place her on deck.

Dana and Myself waiting at the boat for the mast.

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.

Motor dropping.

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.

Hooking the motor to the lift.

Motor in the Bell.

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 shiney mast.

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.

Up Next.

Getting the motor running.

This involves:

  • 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.