Friday, April 28, 2017

Annie's Re-Splash...

After 319 days out of the water, Annie has finally re-splashed.

With the exception of one second of terror, her re-splash was uneventful. Before I share with you that second of terror, let me share with you what was accomplished in those 319 days:

  • The V-Berth was lowered and reworked
  • The old unused holding tank and all hoses were removed
  • The bottom hull was painted 
  • An AM/FM radio was installed
  • The hull's topside was painted 
  • Inside handholds were installed
  • A bulkhead compass was purchased/installed
  • The V-Berth Hatch was re-bedded, (it was leaking)
  • Unnecessary thru-hulls from the holding tanks were removed and hull repaired
  • A boot stripe was painted at the waterline
  • All chain plates were replaced
  • All standing rigging was inspected and replaced as needed
  • The cap-rails were repaired and painted
  • The aft lazarette was reworked to locate the house bank of batteries
  • Two (2) additional 125 amp hour AGM batteries were installed
  • Two additional 100 watt solar panels were installed
  • An 85 watt wind generator was installed
  • A 2000 watt modified sine wave inverter was installed
  • The companionway hatch cover was completely reworked, (leaking)
  • A broken water filter bracket was replaced
  • The manual whale gusher bilge pump was repaired
  • New stainless steel cotter pins replaced in all rigging
  • New lines were installed to the Monitor Windvane
  • The prop was sealed and painted
  • A dynaplate was installed
  • A redundant bilge pump system was designed and installed
  • All whisker stays were adjusted/tightened
  • The bowsprit was sanded and varnished
  • A belaying rack and pins was designed, built, and installed 
  • Double hatch locks were installed on the companionway
  • A depth finder/chart plotter was installed

Now, that may not seem like a lot to you, but when you splice in 120 mile per day drives in summer 2016, trips to San Francisco, Kentucky, South Florida, and Georgia,  a hurricane, a tropical storm, and a survey trip to Saint Lucia... yeah... we did good.

The moment of terror you ask? Oh, it wasn't that bad... Annie's forward strap just jumped forward about 4 inches when the travel lift's back left wheel rolled off the paved road while backing out. 20,000 pounds on my blood, sweat, and tears lurched forward as the strap moved... it wasn't that bad. JUST ONE SECOND OF SHEER TERROR! Once I was resuscitated, the remainder of the splash went just fine. :))

Annie is back in the water where she belongs!

Fair seas and God bless!

BTW... A special thanks to Allen and Steve for your help today... you guys are the best!

Allen and Steve size up the situation...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Redundant Bilge Pumps... IN!

Annie is scheduled to splash next Tuesday and I have a short "Splash List" that consisted of about five items... most were small, the one today was big.

Annie has had a single 2000 GPH bilge pump with an independant floater switch since I bought her. That has been OK but I've always wanted to have a redundant/coupled system. Two 2000 GPH bilge pumps wired to separate floater switches and separate battery banks, one mounted above to other. The upper bilge pump will kick on in the event the lower bilge pump cannot keep up.

Today, I engineered, designed, and built that system... AND IT WORKS!


Fair seas and God bless!

Nasty Bilge!

The "Y" has a built-in backflow preventer

Of course Annie demanded a little blood... she always does!

Still need to paint but the Bilge engine is in place!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

New Hatch Cover - Part 2

Thanks to Steve Lawson, the companionway hatch cover and hatch facia is complete.... for the most part. The varnishing will take a few more coats and the bronze mermaids will be replaced, but, in essence, this project is complete and the boat is drier in the rain.

I will post final pictures in a couple more coats of varnish.

Fair seas and God bless!

Teak plugs for the facia...

Bronze mermaids to greet... (it's the small stuff).

Epoxying the small gaps...

Caulking the seams...

Caulking is hard... had to rework a couple of seams.

First coat of varnish...

Second coat of varnish...