Monday, July 7, 2014

Boatyard Blues

It's hard to believe that this is what Sarah looked like only a month ago. In hindsight I should have taken a picture of the interior which was a mess of tool boxes, cushions, dirty plates, bolts and dust. At one point it was such a disaster it took me 10 minutes to find a screwdriver. We basically took what a normal person would do over the course of a winter and compressed it down to 5 weeks. 

Luckily my Dad came down to New Bedford and helped me do the bottom painting. In total, Sarah ended up with 3 coats of barrier coat (a two part epoxy paint that seals the bottom), 2 coats of Jamestown distributors Krypton paint and a new boot stripe. The Krypton paint is advertised a ecologically friendly, not what you really want in a bottom paint. I heard good things, so we'll see how it goes.

Here are a list of projects that were done over those 5 weeks;

Cleaned and waxed hull
Replaced rusted plate in anchor locker 
Installed new bicolor bow navigation light
Had stancions rewelded on bow pulpit
Varnished bowsprit and rebed all fittings
Varnished rear bench
Had mast removed and installed anchor light
Removed the black snake (a long piece of conduit slamming back and forth inside the mast) and wrapped the wires with pipe insulation
Rebed all chainplates and replaced bolts/nuts
Had bottom soda blasted
Faired out bottom and put on barrier coat/bottom paint
Painted raw water strainer/prop and put on new shaft zinc
Installed new grounding plate
Had standing checked out - two shrouds replaced
Varnished companionway runners
Sails washed with some restitching
Rebuilt and greased all seacocks
Stuffing box repacked
Engine Valve clearances checked

So how much did it cost to live the dream, you ask?

The Bill
$900 boat yard (engine work, stuffing box, haul and launch, Mast removal and stepping)
$1800 soda blasting bottom
$450 Sails cleaning/stitching
$120 for welding
$2000ish for supplies (bottom paint,  barrier coat grounding plate, ect.ect.ect)
$5280 and years off Dan's life

P.S. I've been working on tuning the mast the fast few weeks with small adjustments during sailing, I think I've finally got it where it should be. Does this look straight to you? Comments welcome!

Sunday was the first time we had two reefs in the mainsail, we were still able to move along comfortably at 5 to 6 knots.(trying not to tire out the new shrouds in 25 knots of breeze)  

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