Thursday, January 29, 2015

Long Time, No Sea...

I realize it has been a few weeks since my last post but I needed a break. After driving fifty miles a day to work on Annie when she was on the hard... (four to five days a week for nine months), I was a little burned out. But now I'm back.

Today, I tackled the dorade boxes. I was able to mount the starboard box with no issues. I used screws from below and butyl tape to seal the four attachment points. Everything went great on the first box... the second box... no so good. I was distracted by a two phone conversations and mismeasured. Due the the error, I had to fill the holes with an epoxy paste and bring the box back to my work trailer to fix a small crack my mistake caused.

The new dorade boxes are well made but are smaller than the originals. I plan on repainting the deck and at that time, the mounting marks from the previous boxes will be erased..

Fuji enjoyed the deck and the many marina sights. He getting used to the boat.

Fair seas and God bless!


  1. You guys have done an amazing amount of work. Lookin good.

    1. Thanks Anonymous,

      We have a lot to do still but we are getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for the encouragement!


  2. Some people were telling me I "need" to install dorade boxes on my boat when I installed the Airhead vent. While they do have a specific nautical look to them, I do like my Vetus mushroom vent. It has a lower profile look to it.

    Your boxes don't look too bad. You at least have a large boat that can accommodate them easier than on mine.

    1. Thanks Dan,

      I was going to go that way and just had the boxes set aside on my wish list on Amazon... they were priced at $79.00 each. THEN... one day, I looked at the wish list and they were $31.00 each, bought two and the next day they shot back up to $79.00 each. Plus I had the large bronze air scoops, so... away I go.

      The scoops collect the air well and because they have the 360 degree adjustment, it helps when you are at dock.

      Love the LED light install on Rhapsody.

    2. Sometimes you can't pass up a good deal.

      I'm happy how the LED strip lights turned out.