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ODay 192 2010/2011 Work Journal

October 31, 2010

Got 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 2

Got 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.

November 15, 2010

Over the weekend I did some cleaning in the cockpit with Clorox & water and I had my grandson Mattew help me remove the screws and nuts for the mast pulpit and the starboard side companionway trim. I also glued the cabin hatch slide rail that was split.

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, 2010

I 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.

November 23-26

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I've been doing vaious different projects. 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.

November 27, 2010

Today I was taking the port cockpit locker lid (seat) off and while I was there, I poked my head down into the locker and had a look at the cockpit drain hose.  I had read last night on the ODay.owners forum about these things rotting and leaking so I had a look. Low and behold, mine is in terrible shape! Definitely needs to be replaced. So now the only question is whether I try to reach back in there to replace it or put in an access port as was being recommended on the forum. I think try reaching first.

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, 2010

Another 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 8, 2010

I've been painting the companionway screens and I started work on a new tiller and tiller extension.

December 18, 2010

I cut and laminated the strips for the new tiller.

December 27,2010

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.

I got a bunch of new stuff for Christmas - Windex, blocks for the boomvang, firstaid kit, and a mast light connector. Its been too blasted cold to work out in the garage though.

December 28, 2010

I worked on the tiller extension swivel yoke and took a photo of the mast head for reference.

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.

1" ID vinyl tubing x 12 inches


Interlux Brightside and primer

Wisker pole - I will make this

FM Marine Radio

Portable toilet

Coleman model 2.000003271E9 Walmart - $67 free shipping to store.

      (L x W x H): 16.62 x 14.75 x 12.5

January 31, 2011

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.

March 28, 2011

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.
Here is the list I have to do:

  • paint the underside of locker hatches and companionway cover
  • put the trim back on
  • varnish the toe rail
  • finish the mash light rewiring
  • finish the rudder install
  • clean the cabin cushions
  • get the radio, porta-potty & battery ordered and installed.
  • get a GPS or get SeaClear set up on my second laptop, which will require wiring for the inverter.

Today I did get the undersides of the companionway and cockpit locker covers painted the first coat.

April 23, 2011

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.

I also started to patch a big chip in the gelcoat in the companionway.

Next is to put the cockpit drain hose on, and work on the mast pedestal and mast wiring.

May 2, 2011

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.

I also got some pipe fittings in place for the cockpit drain several days ago... just never got it on the blog until now. I've got this job almost done and I now know how not to do this. If you are planning to replace this cockpit drain hose be sure to look through this and learn how not to do it.

May 21, 2011

Made some progress this week - mostly today with the warm weather. Got the following done:
- Finished refinishing the toe rail (Mrs. Boyd helped with removing the maskng tape - thanks sweety!)
- Got the host clamps on the cockpit drain host
- Got the cockpit locker lids installed back on the boat
- Another coat of gelcoat on the companionway chips (that last I hope)
- Did some cleaning of the deck stripe with polishing compound. Cleaned up very nicely
- Installed the cabin top hand rails
- Put the last coat of varnish on the new tiller
- Ordered the radio, antenna, larger power distribution panel, and portable toilet
- Started sanding the mast pulpit.

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.
So here's what I have on the todo list now:
- Clean inside and get the cushions back in the boat
- Install the radio
- Install the wiring for the mast
- Install the wind vain and the radio antenna on the mast
- Pull it out of the garage and set up the rigging - adjust the stays.

May 29, 2011

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.

This evening I put wheels on the motor stand (at long last).

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.

June 4, 2011

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.

I plan to go sailing the week after next. (have to be out of town for work next week). So I'll soon be starting a sailing journal and ending the work journal - YEAH!

Left to do:
- Install the radio
- More cleaning in the cabin
- Clean the cabin cushions

June 13, 2011

Cleaned the cabin cushions, vacuumed and mopped out the cabin. All clean!