Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The jointed was then cleaned up with the belt sander.
I mentioned that the original keel was installed with 3M 5200. I will be using thickened epoxy this time giving close attention the the scarf joint. I will likely use thin bolts backed on both sides at the scarf joint which will be removed and filled after the fact. A 1/4 round over bit on the router will smooth the sharp edges and a thickened fillet will provid an inside radius at the bottom panel. I plan on using a Kevlar strip for abrasion resistance. This will be faired in so that no seems will be visible. The bottom will be leveled and filled, then repainted. I plain on establishing a waterline with my laser level and painting the bottom with anti-fouling paint.
The electric winch has made quick and easy work of turning the boat. I am thankful for a nice high top shelter and a winch that trolleys from side to side for the heavy lifting.
Friday, May 9, 2014
It was a comic series of screw-ups starting with running out of gas at the very worst time, crunching into the concrete causeway leading to dock street and...horror of horrors, watching the mast crash over the bow.
Here's how it went down. The wall loosened the pin that held the stay. A helpless moment looking at a swinging stay. Then as the boat drifted around to be caught from behind, watching the mast get slammed over the bow.
I have to say, despite the foolishness of the incident, the self-rescue went well and quickly. Back at the beach with the mast strapped on the crutches we anchored and went shopping at the local Marina Hardware store. In less than an hour we had a new mast step formed from three inch schedule 40 PVC pipe. It didn't take long to have everything back to normal. Yea, Tridarka. Your crew celebrates your restoration.
The two receptions were well attended though. Ken's Cedar Keyside Diner provided a fine banquet for all attendee's.
Another Cedar Key Sunset.
Lantana growing wild on Atsena Otie.