October 2013: Vroom Vroom

01_work_party

    Work night: Thanks again to all our wonderful friends who came over to do a few hours of horrible grunt work!! Here Steph and Anna tirelessly prep the topsides for primer.

02_andy

    Andy taping the wood off. Masking seems so elementary until you do the math and realize that it takes more than a half a roll of tape to mask a single sheer rail. Tick another $6 off the general boat fund...

03_dinner

    When you give up your evening helping out your buddies on their boat project we feel you should get a gourmet meal in return. Thanks everyone!

04_nameplate

    It's an exciting time in the life of a boat project when you are preparing for the renaming ceremony.

05_deck_scraping

    Dan scrapes off nonskid by hand (the only effective way to do it) - with a broken foot I might add. This is some serious dedication.

06_barrier_coat

    Hooray for barrier coat! How many hundreds of hours has it been preparing for this, applying the paint seemed so easy. It's all about prep...

07_hole_filling

    Speaking of prep, here is step 4 of 20 on the topsides, filling in the holes. The ones we noticed anyway. We'll fair these then put on more primer then notice more holes and have to fill those in too. Then we can get on with step 5.

08_engine_mounted

    I never thought I'd see the day. The engine is in place, on her new mounts and 3 hours later is aligned to within 0.005". This is close enough until she goes in the water and the hull changes shape and we have to align everything again. Now to hook up electrical, sensors, fuel, water and exhaust. (Is that all?)

09_quadrant

    Quadrantus anodizius: We got our new quadrant back from the machine shop via anodize and it's awesome. Thanks Coy! Now to weld up the pulley bracket and we'll be on our way to steering the ship.

10_engine

    Vroom vroom! We're cookin' with diesel now! We only had to bleed the fuel system 3 times and only filled the bilge with fuel once. Better than I expected. Now we get to take down the gantry and get to work finishing the companionway mods.