Last weekend out at the boat started like many now do. We drove out to the park and played with Elizabeth and the pups for a few hours.
We spent the night aboard and awoke to a light breakfast and a beautiful morning.
The first task for the day was fixing a leak that have always been there but on the back burner and one of the cleats that is loose and suffered a bit of hurricane damage.
First was to replace some bolts on the loose base the stern rail. Involved the joy of climbing down into the sail locker with an angle grinder to cut off the bolt.
I did not really consider the heat grinding two stainless bolts off would generate. I did have safety glasses and a cotton shirt but bits of metal went flying everyplace.
On piece of metal bounced off the bulkhead onto my arm, burning through my shirt and leaving a blister. Fun.
Once done I was able to move the stern rail out of the way and check things out.
You can not tell in the above photo but there were actually two extra holes in the deck under the base, with no bolts, that allowed excess water ingress.
I also removed the port aft cleat and made up a backing plate of G10 as it has become loose over time.
With everything removed I then filled all the holes with Marine Epoxy and since we had to wait for it to set up (six hours) will have to finish this project on the next visit.
As I had finished working in the cockpit and needed to work on the motor below we suited up Lizzy in her vest and let her roam about topside.
As the ladies enjoyed the open air I pulled replaced the cooling pump on the heat exchanger and discovered that the water jacket on out rebuild A4 has basically collapsed. I will have to remove the head and clean everything out to get her running again. Financially, not a big deal, time wise, costly.
I discuss it in the following thread with some experts on the matter.
This weekend is the Lipton Cup Regatta sponsored by the New Smyrna Yacht Club.
We are not members but it looks fun.
Our goal for next year would be to enter the regatta and sail the route. Finishing.
This will require a some trips out to train on the course, but it would be a good annual activity to do as a family.