If you do professional boat work or are in the industry, you may not agree with this post at all or downright tell me I’m WRONG. But, working on the boat is relaxing to me in several different ways. I like to work on my boat. I like to actually think through a project- problem solve what I’ll need to complete it, make sure I’m about to do something worthwhile and then start and finish the project (it gives me validation). Sometimes I’m in over my head (since I’m still learning things like electrical, boat plumbing and fridge repairs), but at least I can admit this. When this happens, I’m smart enough not to let my Type-A Male Personality get in the way of admitting I need some help from a professional- Nope I can’t do it all myself. Every time I’ve hired a professional, it’s been worth it and we’ve completed the projects that we started.
I took last Thursday and Friday off work to knock out some specific projects I had been wanting to get done since the last run to Catalina Island. I changed out the cockpit speakers for some nice pretty ones that work and actually turn-on. With the help of a new crack mechanic and electrician (Tim) we wired in a new engine panel station in the cockpit (works) that actually gives me RPM’s and good temperature readings on the engine (so exciting). Next, he literally saved the day by accurately and quickly diagnosing a problem with our four freshwater valves and saved me from putting in the brand new freshwater pump I had already bought. One of the old (probably original) freshwater valves had failed because the ball on the valve was completely missing, so the whole system was sucking air through it; inhibiting the flow of fresh water, for as long as we owned the boat. Thursday afternoon I spent doing a run to San Diego to Downwind Marine, where I found everything I needed. Thursday night I spent installing all four new freshwater valves as well as working hard on some hops appreciation (Cali Kush) from Breakwater Brewery. The new valves worked like a charm. While mechanic Tim was there thursday morning, we also discovered that at least one of the freshwater tanks was full of water (not getting emptied because of the bum freshwater valve) and that my batteries were a bit low on water. So, Friday was water day! Friday morning I filled batteries (with the new high speed dripless filler from Downwind Marine) and I literally emptied water tanks one at a time by using separate valves,,,,,then refilled and emptied all water tanks two more times to wash them all through. This made me feel better. Also on Friday, Ronnie (my dock neighbor) came by and hauled me up the mast to get a better look at the stack pack and associated rigging. It were trashed, so it had to come off before it rusted or fell off. This is a good thing,,,,the boat looks tons cleaner and will allow for the new Sailcover to get put on. Friday afternoon was dedicated to the chain locker! I took all 300 feet of NEW BBB Galvanized Chain and main bower anchor (Manson Supreme) off the boat and cleaned and dryed the chain locker. Want to keep my chain dry and clean so it doesn’t rust. Yep, the chain locker needed that cleaning, trust me. I also sewed custom 50′ measuring increments on the chain by hand, meaning I sewed flat blue and black webbing into the chain every 50 feet so it won’t come out and won’t get caught by the windless.
Everything we’re doing to the boat, no matter how small; is aimed at constant improvement and the desire to eventually blue-water cruise. We’ll get there, someday.