Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Little Work Here, A Little Work There

It would be nice to just move from one area of the boat to another, but that's too simple, straight forward and linear. If we have learned anything its that nothing to do withe boats is straight forward and linear. You throw a boat into the equation and you get thrown in many directions at once. So it is with the refit. You get ready to complete a project and then you realize that you are at the mercy of shipping times for necessary equipment so while you wait on delivery, its best to move to another project rather than waste time.
Kitty still loves to "help" Give her tools, any tools and she will happily play for hours

One of the bigger projects is redoing the deck hardware layout. For some reason, a PO thought it would be fun to change up the layout so that every time you need to hoist or tweak a sail. it was an difficult as possible. Perhaps they wanted to make it hard in order to save money on a gym membership but it has not been working for us. The goal all along has been for each of us to be able to single hand the boat. I am a mighty girl RAWR! but not quite that mighty. For this to happen, I need a bit more assistance from our winches and a little less chafe on the sheets.

Armed with his CAD software, hardware catalogs and the original boat design drawings, Mark has been carefully mapping out the deck layout. First up was figuring out the new deck organizers.

 Originally after much research, Mark had really wanted to use Spinlock organizers and clutches so he emailed Spinlock to get more technical information and sizing information. The guy at Spinlock emailed Mark back and instead of answering his questions said " this is over specced for your boat". This REALLY annoyed Mark. Not only did Spinlock not answer his question but the one thing you do not do is tell an engineer that his carefully made choices are wrong. Oh Spinlock, have you not realized that EVERYTHING on our boat is overspecced? So, Mark made a solemn vow to have no Spinlock equipment what so ever on our boat because yeah, it annoyed him and an annoyed Mark can hold a grudge like you would not believe. Bye bye Spinlock, hello Antal, Selden and Lewmar.

We still can not understand why the PO removed the 55 winches specced by Bob Perry for genoa/jib sheets and replaced them with 44s and then really undersized the main sheet winches but this is being rectified. The 44s are being repurposed for the mains and we have shiny new Lewmar 55s on their way. These will be installed once we get the deck under the winches recored.

 That's right, another instance of the infallibility of moisture meters and more cursing at the PO for not bedding the hardware properly in the first place. If you are going to be bedding hardware, please please for the love of future refitters check out this how to from Compass Marine . Do it. Buy some butyl tape from them. Use it. Yes, it does matter because while soft spots can be recored, its a major pain in the butt to do it correctly and you can save yourself from curses being thrown at you from a future owner, a man up to his elbows in balsa and fiberglass.

While we wait for delivery of equipment, Mark milled a new hand rail for the front cabin. We laughingly call this turning dollars to dust because yeah, teak. Not cheap but functional, sturdy, perfectly sized and aesthetically beautiful. No sense in half measures when we have spent so much time and effort on the front cabin. If you want it done right, have Mark do it.
Some see a pile of sawdust, boat owners see money blowing in the wind.
Here's hoping we can get the all the equipment delivered  installed before it becomes unbearably hot around here. Working on the decks in July and August is cruel and unusual punishment so fingers crossed the rest of the shiny bits get here soon, the recoring (thankfully a small area) is straight forward and we can keep on keeping on.


  1. Hrm. A pal of mine, who certainly has the savings to purchase the boat of his choice, was told at the age of 60 by a 30-something Oyster salesdrone that he "was too old" to own and sail an Oyster! He's 63 now and just finished his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and is currently cruising in British Columbia's Inside Passage, complete with massive tidal shifts and gales falling off the mountains.

    So I understand your husband's annoyance. I will never purchase a Rocna because the son of the designer was a supercilious prick in online forums when the quality of the steel used in certain batches was questioned (It was later shown to be subpar). The marine business is very small, and a foot put wrong by an insulting desk jockey can destroy a lot of goodwill. I do like the Spinlock clutches, but I reckon the Lewmar D line (if I recall correctly) are generally well-regarded. If you want to save a bit, you can sometime source some big old winches from salvage or consignment places, or even Craigslist. I got a pair of 1990-era Lewmar Ocean Wave 44s for $250. I downloaded the diagrams, replaced one pawl and cleaned them up with about two hours' work on my bench. They never saw salt on the Great Lakes and will give me a second set of primaries on my steel boat, which has equivalently sized Andersen 40s and Enkes 30s for secondaries.

  2. I'm having serious wood tool envy! How nice that Mark has the skills and the tools to make that beautiful hand rail. You guys are so close to getting out on this boat I can smell the salt air! Ditto on the butyl tape from Compass Marine. Mike used it to bed the window in the roof of the hard dodger. I'm looking forward, sort of, to using it to rebed a lot of deck hardware this summer.

  3. Yay! New deck layout :). You are truly a funny writer and I totally understand Mark being upset. How dare a company not answer a question you spent so much time calculating to answer, the nerve!

    Moving along nicely, can't wait to drink cold margaritas in the Caribbean.