|She even cleaned the radar screen!|
|Floorboards up, preparing to clean the fresh water tanks.|
|Water tank scummy inside. Ugh!|
|Water tank clean inside. Yum!|
|One of my favorite pictures of Connie. WTF!|
|Bob torques the head bolts and adjusts the valves.|
Some of the neat things we accomplished:
|Cleaning out the old compressor compartment|
- Removed the old refrigerator compressor and cleaned out that compartment, painted it, and created a nice wine storage cabinet that holds about two cases, port side, mid-ships. Traveler is listing to the starboard so anything on the port side just helps to get her more upright. A good reason to buy more wine. Now in the future she will sit upright at the beginning of a voyage and as we drink our way through the wine collection poor Traveler will begin to list more and more to the starboard till we limp into the dock for provisioning and “axis adjustment.”
- We relocated the spare alternator, starter, water pump and other accessories from the center of the boat to the port side settee, thus helping with the listing.
I took apart the carburetor on the
Honda generator and cleaned the main jet so it would run again. Always completely drain gasoline from any
engine when you leave it for the summer.
Now a pristine wine cellar
- We went up the mast and replaced the missing windex indicator.
- We dug out miles of old wiring and tubing from the bilge and storage compartments.
- I studied and experimented with the cryptic settings on the voltage regulator in hopes of resolving our alternator charging failures.
- We mounted three new solar panels on top of the dodger. Needed to get an MC4 connector that I forgot to buy in Reno. That was a problem til I found Tom at Mazatlan Solar to help me out.
- I rebuilt the Y valve in the head.. twice!
- Connie removed varnish from hundreds of square feet (seemed like it) of teak in the cockpit.
- Connie put twenty seven (seemed like it) coats of new varnish on our new settee down in the cabin.
- I entered our new MMSI number into the VHF radio and now we get a loud alarm every four hours, something I still need to resolve but, damn it, this will NOT keep us from sailing!
- We filled the tanks with diesel
and the jerry cans with gasoline.
- We opened up the floorboards and unbolted all inspection ports on the stainless steel water tanks, then on our bellies, wiped them out thoroughly so we could refill with fresh water.
- The dinghy got inflated, engine mounted and taken for a spin. I also fixed a broken paddle for her.
- We dragged the huge genoa out of the vee berth and wrestled her onto the forestay, testing the roller furler.
- A turning block had self-destructed so I had Bob make me up a new sheeve and we mounted that.
- Everything came out of the Dolphin and everything came out of Traveler and we gave away a treasure in unwanted junk. Now the Dolphin is ready to be parked for 6 months and the waterline on Traveler is an inch higher.
- I sold lots of stuff at the marina garage sale.
- I’m sure there were lots of little things we fixed and cleaned. Lubricated everything and anything too rusty was tossed away.
|Cruising friends at La Isla Palapa|
|Bill on bass, Cheryl on guitar and vocals, Connie on percussion.|
|Ain't life grand?|