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Covid Lockdown projects

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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby tex » Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:56 pm

Not perfect, but as close as I can get to it. The ladder, when deployed, maintains a 10 degree climbing angle so that the upper body is leaning forward toward the hand grips when exiting the water, particularly important for divers with equipment or seniors with less mobility. The steps are also angled that way and are wide enough even for tenderfoots like myself.

Finally, after all these years, a safe and comfortable completion of an MOB plan on a vessel notoriously difficult to re-board.
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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby Robin » Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:10 am

I see you are still putting most of us to shame! Great results as ever. :mrgreen:
Mark my words, it will be dark again by nightfall :)
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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby CaptForce » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:04 am

While sitting here on my recliner, where the maintenance crew would come to change a light bulb if requested, I'm inspired by these projects. My current pursuits are physically active, but without the creative planning and construction that comes with maintaining a vessel. 'so good to see these posts from my friends!
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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby tex » Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:16 pm

Well, the plan is still to cruise this year, but it’s already June and covid has taken it’s toll on our planing as our house renters from Germany have had to delay twice now. This has giving me the opportunity to install a new state of the art Garmin reactor 40 auto pilot with smart pump. Unfortunately, the smart pump is not only smart but it is also extremely powerful as it is “one pump fits all“ up to about 75 feet. In setting up this pump and doing the “at Dock” configuration, it nearly twisted off my rudder shaft while searching for the rudder stops... So much so that I actually had to bleed the hose fittings at the ram to get it unjammed.

These newfangled inventions and latest technologies are not always easily adaptable to our old boats,, but all is well now and using the wireless remote to simply point in a direction and go that way is a real hoot for the Admiral.

While we were delayed, we got a fresh bottom job and a new bow thruster, and I’m about to install a new 16K BTU A/C. Yes, lots of time, labor & money, but we haven’t upgraded any of these items since we bought the vessel 11 years ago. The air conditioning and bow thruster came original with the boat in 1987.

Still to come, perhaps during or after we cruise for a while, our solar plan to include 1600 W of panels should finish out our plan for this year, and that’s supposing that we decide to live aboard after cruising.
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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby tex » Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:14 pm

Well, a milestone for me…finally got an air conditioned pilothouse. This was a goal ever since we bought the boat. And it didn’t come cheap or easy. Before ducting the A/C, there was re-skinning the leaky roof, then there was the new windows, then the helm area rebuild, then the vinyl wrapped foam-board ceiling upholstery, then the packed insulation around the new windows, then the 3M Elite heat blocking window film and teak framing, then finally the AC.

It was a lot, but without all the other projects, I doubt we would have been able to effectively air-condition the pilothouse. It was basically a green house.

Still delayed a bit, but intentions are to travel up the east coast in July. Gonna need that A/C.
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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby tex » Wed Sep 01, 2021 5:10 pm

Well, the cruising schedule delays from Covid and the apparent worsening from the Delta variant had us once again, asking about the practicality of heading out so late in the year. Then to discover our genset engine was locked up from two years of no usage (due to a blocked seacock) really put the cubage on the summer launch.

I mean, nothing like another major project to curb one’s (already challenged) enthusiasm. We had to get away.

We gave up…dropped everything and drove up to the western North Carolina mountains to cool our over-heated bodies and lick our red-tide aggravated wounds. We plan a return date around the 5th of September, hoping that the combo of diesel fuel and penetrating oil I left in the genset cylinders has done some good by that time. Things are so bad in FL that we’re not sure what, how or when would be our next move. Meanwhile, there’s no lack of boatwork. :(
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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Unread postby Robin » Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:59 pm

Life can be a beach or a bitch. we are currentlyhaving to lift out to change 2 seacocks and probably facing a bill for all new batteries as stern thruster was cutting off electronics including gears and throtles and now has stopped altogether. we also have a diesel leak on full tanks from a new gauge sender fitted by the yard a while back, currently awaiting a replacement to be fitted and an argument over who pays... :(
Mark my words, it will be dark again by nightfall :)

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