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Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:56 pm
by tex
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.

Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:10 am
by Robin
I see you are still putting most of us to shame! Great results as ever. :mrgreen:

Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:04 am
by CaptForce
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!

Re: Covid Lockdown projects

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:16 pm
by tex
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.