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ODay 192 2010/2011 Work Journal
October 31, 2010Got the garage closed up this evening, and a coat of varnish on the engine stand.
Put the cooler my dad gave me yesterday into the boat. It fits perfectly.
I threw all of the life jackets, sail cover and ties into the sail bag and brought it all inside. I had brought the sails in the same day I brought the boat home.. I didn't want to leave the sail in the boat for even one night for the mice to get into them.
November 2Got the final coat of varnish on the engine stand whipped the end of the main halyard and cleaned the starboard side cock pit seat.
The previous owner had purchased a new main halyard but it was too large of diameter. The old halyard wasn't in bad shape except one end was getting frayed so I just whipped it and I can use the old halyard all next season I'm sure.
The starboard side cockpit seat covers the fuel tank and the way the compartment is made, it traps rain water. So it makes a very nice incubator for mold. So the seat was very moldy underneath and around the edges. I took it off the other night and tonight brought it in and cleaned it with Clorox and a scrub brush. Its much better but still stained underneath and around the edges. I think I will paint it. It will be a good place to test the color and finish technique.
I also did a little more work on the garage - finished up the door trim, and moved things around to make more room for working during the winter.
November 21, 2010I started refinishing the brightwork and got the welding done on the mast prop.
I decided on a name and have ordered the graphics. "Testimony" is her name. I'm really excited to finally have a boat with a name.Continuing to work on the brightwork, working on the mast pulpit prep for painting, and finishing up the mast prop. I've also been ordering various items for folks to give as Christmas gifts: a new mast connector, the vinyl self adhesive name (Testimony), two fiddle blocks to make up a new boom vang, a wind vane, etc.
Its gotten cold outside now, so I have to think more about what I can do in the cold. I'm having to manage projects doing either what can be done inside, or doing things on the boat in the cold garage that can be done in the cold.
I brought the rest of the interior cushions in for cleaning. I brought in the port side cockpit locker lid (seat) and the companionway screens. These screens are homemade and pretty crude. Trying to decide whether to fix them up or make new. I guess I could fix them up and if that doesn't work out, then make new.
November 30, 2010Another coat on the brightwork and some cleaning on the deck. I've also been spending a lot of time the past couple of days working on a design for a dingy. I don't really think I need a dingy for my boat, but I do want to build a boat with my grandson Matthew. I built a boat with my son Alex ten years ago and we had a great time. I also started on the manufacture of a tiller and tiller extension.
December 18, 2010
I've been working on the tiller. Most of the work is sanding and I can only stand to sand something for a little while then I have to quit so its going slow.
December 29, 2010
Started on a picture frame for my "Christ As My Pilot" picture and sanded some on the tiller extension.
January 1, 2011
It was fairly warm today so I took the opportunity to work on the boat in the garage a little. I got the old cockpit drain hose out. Not a simple task because of its location.
January 3, 2011
Here's a list of materials I need to be complete. I shopped around the Internet and found most of them cheapest on Amazon. I think I'll wait untill I go to StrictlySail in Chicago at the end of the month, and then based on what I see there, make my purchases. The only thing I could put to use right now is the paint. I could paint the undersides of the cockpit seats and the companionway cap.
I went to Strictly Sail in Chicago over the weekend. Enjoyed the show and learned a few things. I'm ready to buy some of the list of things above. I also go tired of waiting for better weather and did a little painting today. I've also been working on a picture frame for my "Christ As My Pilot" picture.
Not much happening lately between work and cold weather. I did get the rudder head back together over the weekend.
April 10, 2011
I really need to get going on the boat. I haven't done much lately and sailing season is almost here. I had hoped to take the last week in April for vacation and work on it, but that might be in jeopardy - we'll see.
Today I did get the undersides of the
companionway and cockpit locker covers painted the first coat.
Finally some nice weather and I got a fare amount done.
I got another coat of paint on the undersides of the locker covers and the companionway cover.. this time with off-white Pettit Easypoxy and it matches very nicely. I also got the
first coat of varnish
on the toe rails. I got the first coat of varnish on the new tiller I made, and I put a new rope in the jib furler drum.
Next is to put the cockpit drain hose on, and work on the mast pedestal and mast wiring.
Maybe I'm majoring in a minor here, but I got the name on the boat
today. Been wanting to do that for so long.
Made some progress this week - mostly today with the warm
Got the following done:
May 25, 2011
I got the companionway and mast pulpit painted with two coats over the last two days. I guess it looks OK, but I don't think it looks great.
I also started working on putting wheels on the engine stand. I should have had this done over the winter, but only just decided to do it in the last week when I wanted to move the motor.
On Friday, I got the mast pulpit back on the boat
(thanks to my grandson Matthew for his help!). Yesterday I got
the companionway cover
back on and started working on the antenna bas and wind vane
base on the top of the mast. I also started scoping out the
radio installation and I put the mast prop on the back of the
boat. I have to pull the boat out of the garage to work out the
details on the mast prop and I hope to do that tomorrow.
May 30, 2011
Today I am replacing the main halyard and discovered the masthead sheave is shot. I've also discovered that the old halyard is not long enough, so I'm shopping for a new halyard as well.
June 1, 2011
I was going through Buffalo, NY yesterday so I stopped at West Marine and got a new masthead sheave and halyard. Installed them both today and fired up the motor. It started on the fourth pull, and ran smooth as can be. Maybe Testimony will go for a swim on Saturday.
I stood her up today in the driveway. Got everything
checked out in terms of raising and lower the mast. Managed to scratch the companionway cover in the process (darn!). Tweaked the
lower shrouds, and installed
the rudder and new tiller.
Cleaned the cabin cushions, vacuumed and mopped out the cabin. All clean!