-E.B. White

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The new man in my life.

Yup, it's the Pumpout Guy.  In all our years of boating we have never had this experience.  No moving your boat to the fuel dock for a pumpout, no dragging long hoses to your boat and pumping out at the speed of sludge moving thru a drinking straw.  Pumpouts are on Wednesday and Saturdays. You arrange it with the office and they showup , hookup, pump on and the job is done in less than five minutes. That pump really sucks. Slick.  

In project news - the Captain came up with a solution to support the post that is directly under our mast up top. As commented in the previous blog, the yard had placed the support post over the opening causing it to deflect down and necessitating an additional post, added by the previous owner. To correct that, the  Captain placed the new cabinet back directly under the back edge (or forward in boat direction) of the support post or mast load point. An angle iron directly under the post and attached to that back cabinet wall (doubled in that area) will transfer the load to the wall. Well there's some physics and engineering involved and that's
 getting boring. But, bottom line, now things are as they should be; one post supporting the mast load. And, the Admiral is commenting on how open it looks now without the ugly 
stained 2 x 4.

The new cabinet for the TV.  Angle iron concealed and now to the rest of the wall.

The new veneer replacing the de-laminated teak veneer.  Decided to cover the existing veneer with a birch ply which was thin enough to simply apply over the old and still sit within the existing trim - so now the fun begins........

Coming up with a stain so the birch ply will match the 20 year old teak vaneer ply. Can it be done? - the workshop has now become the stain testing center.

How many sample does it take to find the correct stain? And then what will the varnish do to the stain color? And will the full panels take the stain the same as the test samples? And should we use a pre-stain over the plywood?

Another fun part and more tight spaces- running the new electrical, antenna cabling and speaker system wires required a venture into the cabinet under the kitchen sink.  The duct tape on the kitchen sink drain pipe is not for leaks, but to keep the Captain from gouging his body parts on sharp fittings (especially his head) as he was coming in and out of the cabinet.  Posing the question - why does your drill battery die at the most inopportune times. 

While the sealing varnish was drying - we took a break to visit Cape Canaveral National Seashore.  The park covers 57,000 acres and is the longest stretch (24 miles) of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast.

It's a National Park so they do charge an entry fee of $5.00 per person, but if you are 62 and over and you don't already have a Golden Age Pass - get one! The cost is $10.00 a onetime lifetime fee allowing you and everyone in the car to get in free at most National Parks.  We also used it in St. John's USVI - mooring balls for 1/2 price and the Franklin Lock Campground/Marina on the Okeechobee Waterway - dockage for 1/2 price. 

Oh, why not add another item to the endless boat list. A Supra washer/dryer combo unit. Now the back cockpit has become an appliance repair shop (in between staining and varnishing).   Our 11 year old Washer/Dryer combo has developed a wobble in the drum - the Captain thinks it's worth a look see. The Italian company has since gone out of business and parts which came from a company in Spain is also out of business, makes parts scarce. Plus none of the repair guys are familiar with the brand. Maybe it's something like a bearing so before we throw it overboard and get a replacement - a tear it down and look see is in order.   These items that pop up keep life interesting and challenging. Right?

On a brighter note - we are enjoying our time here.  Izzy loves her walks in the park and her friends at the dog park - she mostly enjoys stealing tennis balls that have been left behind, but hey if they are left there, it's not really stealing. And of course she brings them back the next day for another exchange. The temps are a mixed bag - several days of warm temps then another front blows thru dropping evening temps into the 30's with daytime highs in the 50-60 degree range.  We are not complaining - no snow and not below zero (sorry Minnesota).  

Stay tuned for our next adventure, and updates on the TV cabinet and washer/dryer "inspection". 

1 comment:

  1. The cabinet is looking good. You've doing an excellent job.
    We've only been back a week or so, but the fronts keep coming. I'm just glad we're not intending to go anywhere soon. It seems there's a wall between us and the Bahamas: The Gulf Stream.
    Actually, we're enjoying the coolish weather. 70s and sunny are nice.
    You guys look to be having fun.