March 2012: Rigging, Tanks and Bulkheads


    Taking advantage of a crisp March day to measure our rigging before we move it again. You wouldn't think this weighs much being up so high but I can barely drag the box around the basement floor without emptying it halfway first and making two trips. Definitely a good argument for soft rigging on a boat that is reported to be tender.


    Pins, pins, pins. They hold everything up and are too inexpensive to not replace. Maybe we can make something silly out of them...


    Cracking open the starboard diesel tank under the quarterberth. The tank looks good except for some standing water spots on the top face where it has oilcanned. Next task is to empty the fuel and pull the tank out of the boat where we can take a look at the bottom and adjust the mounting arrangement if need be.


    Bruno would like to know if we are done yet as he has an urgent appointment at the haircutters.


    Poor man's versabar. It certainly gets the job done, especially when there is only one person around without a shoulder injury.


    Now to get it up there...


    I thought maybe if I looked at it from above the job would get easier. It turns out the view reminded me I had Doritos remaining and should consult the bag before proceeding.


    Another Doritos victory. There aren't many boat problems that can't be solved with lowbrow beer and cheese food product.


    Voici. She is a-ready to lower.


    Since the mast is in between the forward berths I Love Lucy style, We intend to raise the v-berth up slightly to make enough room to sleep two adults on the same side. Scandalous I know... To make this all work we need to remove the starboard overhead cabinet, which all in all will allow us to access some other areas we need to work on. Now you see it...


    Now you don't. This of course is the result of 3-4 hours of surgically cutting away fiberglass tabbing and gently pulling on various parts of this assemblage.


    This was one of Rachel's favorite moments of boat ownership, when we began tearing away this headliner. I still insist we could have scrubbed it up and it would look like the quilted mattress in a luxury hotel. Now we'll never know.


    Chipping away at more of this cement bedded wood block mess that is around all the ports. This is the fastest, cleanest method I've found yet.


    This goop was "repairing" a large area of rot in the mainmast partners. The characteristic "I bedded this with a plastic bag" marks are present. Can't wait to dig it out...


    Yup. All wet and rotting inside. The goop is allowing it to remain wet and rotting inside. No matter, we were planning on replacing this anyway.


    Removing the mast flange and staysail track to have better access to the repair area.


    Now it's time to score the tabbing that is holding the partners onto the underside of the deck. Afterwards, we'll get every prybar in the house and slowly work our way around.


    Meanwhile, on another project, we thought this was funny. We've had lots of people tell us that we don't need to rewire the boat so we thought we would post one of many wiring peculiarities we've come across. I don't know what kind of jacket this is but it's no longer flexible, no longer slippery and in some spots, no longer present ;o)


    Success! Now all we need is a new darn one of them, probably to come from the scraps of bulkheads and pilothouse pieces. To the builder's credit, the deck is properly sealed and is bone dry in the test holes we drilled even an inch away from the mast opening. The reinforcing partners was another story, as it looks like it wasn't sealed at all. Maybe this was added as an afterthought?