April 2013: Business Time


    April has been a good month for us, the seemingly hundreds of projects that have been waiting for nothing more than 60+ weather are coming together like clockwork and opening up opportunities to move along other projects deeper in the hierarchy. This is the Starboard lazarette bulkhead being glassed to the hull.


    We thought we should include this photo, if for no other reason than the cool effect. We tend to forget how transparent glass is or how important it is that both sides be painted in order to limit it's exposure to UV. This show-through is just the shoplights from the previous photo illuminating the gelcoat through the ground away prep surface of the inside hull.


    1st work party, April 2013: Tasks included hauling up the engine block, preparing the port deck surface for pilothouse coachouse installation and clearing the port windshield cleat. A huge thanks to Andy, Clay, Dan and Graham for coming over and burning through more than a dozen man hours of work in a single evening. Bravo chaps!


    Volunteers hard at work scraping and sanding away the old nonskid from the port deck. We've never had to have three sanders/vacuums going at the same time, we had to roll the dust collector outside!


    Andy and Clay clean up the port windshield cleat. This was a mess after removing the rotted plywood panel that rested here. It was a mixture of hard and soft sealant, firmly adhered good plywood and sections of rotted plywood and about a dozen broken off or corroded through bronze and stainless fastener shanks. The teak cleat is in amazing shape despite the condition of the plywood above it, a testament to why teak is so valuable for boatbuilding!


    This work night brought to you by Rainier Beer. It's mountain fresh.


    Here's our little engine that could, all painted up and ready for all of her accoutrements. This is one more huge checklist item that had been waiting for nothing more than a few 70 days to apply paint.


    The first of the new DC electrical. This boat will have 4 group 27 AGM house batteries and


    Kicking off our yearly "air out the sails" checklist item.


    The last of the engine parts, hoping to hear a vroom vroom in May!


    The nav station will be home to the electrical panel. The cabinet below will be home to all the other bits of wiring. Only a few small things remain, mounting the last thruhull backing plate and a small plywood repair on the right then we can cross this one off the list and install all the equipment that will live in here.


    Hunt St Productions presents "NW Previews". This is roughly the color the topsides of the hull will be. The decks, pilothouse and spars will still be bright white, this dark green will comprise the very low freeboard hull that extends 2.5-4' above the waterline.


    Baby needs a new pair of oars. Libelulla's oars are a hair too long and way too heavy being solid ash. Her new oars will be hollow cedar with ash handles and spooned blades, all sheathed in fiberglass and painted. Here come the sweepers.


    Yuck. This was the state of our coolant heat exchanger. The raw water tubes look remarkably clean compared to the buildup on the freshwater side!! This housing seems to have seen zero maintenance in 30 years and is no longer servicable. We procured a new exchanger but luckily were able to save the expensive part (the cuprous nickel tubestack) from this one.


    Gelplane, we love you! Three hours grinding on the hull produced this pleasant sight. We were able to strip the paint off cleanly without even causing damage to the fairing filler! A few more hours with the peeler, a few days sanding and we'll be ready to prep for bottom paint.