July 23, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Having a little trouble getting much of anything done today, though I have been busy. I managed to paint the second coat of
bottom paint on the props, make and install a trick little piece on the bottom of the centerboard trunk cap, dug out a bolt for
tiller to rudder joint, cut the rest of the 2 inch foam into 15 1/8 inch wide blanks to see if they would be a nice press-fit up

between the deck beams. Oh, yeah, noticed that the anchor windlass has started leaking a bit of gear oil onto the foredeck. That's
because there is no seal around the top of the gearbox, so it is possible for water to get down into the gearbox, and
when it gets
full, oil seeps out of the top. The oil in the gearbox is supposed to be changed every year. I haven't changed it
for about 6 years -
because I haven't used it. I drained the oil and will re-fill it later on. Right now, it's drooling for a while.
July 24, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I got an early start on the dock today, putting Carol Ann's Jon boat back into the water, taking down and stowing the Bimini front
sun shade, removing the sliding hatch, and modifying the deck mounted sliders for the hatch. I have tried a number of cures for
the water that comes in over the front edge of the deck hatch opening when it really pours. Finally, I decided to try something
that I hope will be satisfactory. I have cut two clearance gutters, one on either side of the hatch opening, right through the hatch
track. I first added four new screws to secure what would now be the new loose ends of two tracks on each side. I have a bit of
damage to treat as a result of my earlier, failed efforts at relieving the problem, then a bit of painting to finish up the track work.
Next, I'm putting soft, round weatherstripping on the outside of the small hatch flange, and a nice big squeegee-type rubber
scraper on the inside. I think that should stop the torrential downpours from running right into the boat.
July 28, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I got the 85/140 gear oil and refilled the Ideal Windlass gear case, but now I have to design a water separator for the unit so I can
drain the condensation before it becomes a problem. I'll kit-bash a sediment bowl with a water drain off an in-line fuel filter.
That's a job for later on. I also cleaned out the cockpit and now have to vacuum it out and make hatch handles for the under-seat
storage lockers.
July 29, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I had a hard time getting anything done today, but there were people over all day and I was content to sit and talk and allow
things to happen as they did. I did get some work done on the compass pedestal, going first a bit overboard in it's construction,
but now settling back into the 'less is more' stage. At one point, I was considering having two layers of the 3/4 inch gray starboard
- on as the top plate and another below the compass as the bottom plate - and include two drink holders and two cigarette lighter
sockets. Now that I have it sitting mounted in the cockpit, I'm leaning toward trimming it as small as possible and having it a
single layer of starboard with only the compass and the GPS, period. One last add-on MIGHT be a fire extinguisher attached to
the forward side of the post, but only if it looks like I won't constantly curse it's shin-banging location.
July 31, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Another steamy, hot day and I've been outside working on the compass
pedestal. It's coming along pretty good. I'm about at the point where I trim off
the table to it's final size and I want to slow down a bit and be SURE there is
NO reason to leave any extra material there. The smaller the better. It's in the
center of the cockpit and will always and naturally be right in the way, but I
don't see any way around it. I moved the GPS higher and closer to the
compass by building a stack of 3 starboard discs. It makes the whole unit
more compact.

Drew sold his boat today and stopped by to talk after it left the marina. He was
caught in a few mixed emotions but knew he'd done what he had to. He wants
very much to get his daughter, Samantha, back down here with her friends
and back into the school she likes. She is 14 and does not like Pennsylvania at
all. I wish him luck.
I've tried to be cautious as far as cutting the
starboard down - being that it is easier to cut
some off than to grow some back on - but I think
the approximate shape outside the blue tape is
where I will trim the pedestal top to. The GPS will
pivot completely around right where it is without
interference from the compass, allowing me to
navigate in the dark, using the autopilot, from
anywhere in or near the cockpit. You can't ask for
more than that.
Later on, I'll make a nice canvas
cover for it. There will be an electrical plug in the
base that will allow the entire unit to be pulled
out of the floor and stowed beneath one of the
cockpit seats when not in use.
July 23, 2009 - August 21, 2009
August 8, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I've set a date for departure from here - October 1, 2009. Actually, Geoff set it. He kept trying to get me to set one and finally said
October 1st. I dismissed it as I always do, but by the time I got up this morning, I couldn't see any reason not to set it and work
toward it. So I have some stuff to get done. I'm putting the materials for jobs on the table outside and getting started. For today:
1.) Finish the compass pedestal.   
2.) Finish the hatch seal and put the doors back on.  Made headway
3.) Put the primary anchor chain back below.   Done
4.) Pull all the wire out of the black dock box and stow the dock grill.  Done
5.) Make a gear bag for all the dinghy stuff and put it away.  Done
6.) Pull out the main bilge pumps and modify them.   Made headway
7.) Get O-rings for the running lights, assemble, test and install them.   Made headway

That should be enough to get started. I'll change the color of the ones I get done - - - or something.

It's 5:20 PM and I got some stuff done and I'm not through yet. I'll get some pictures. I forgot about the running lights that
attach to the rigging forward. They are the red/green lights mounted in sideboards that I made out of black starboard.
The hardest thing about making the blue gear bag for the dinghy was dragging the sewing machine in and out of the boat - and
reeving the tie cord through the pocket. The finished (and tested) compass/GPS post would look better if there wasn't a pile of
crap lying behind it.
Stowing the anchor chain and attaching the anchor was easiest of all. The chain just LOVES to fall 7 feet into the bottom of the
bilge. There will still be stuff down below in that area that needs doing, but I'll remove the chain again when the times comes to
do it. I also now have on the dock one huge pile of wire to sort through and use or lose.

Below, the empty dockbox held the grill, drip pan and table for less than an hour before it was pulled out and used. I got chicken.
Yummy. The last thing keeping the running lights waiting were two tiny O-rings that seal the top cap screws. I picked them up
today and will complete the running lights tomorrow.

I also got part of the hatch seal done, but forgot I needed to mix up a tiny bit of the Awlgrip Ice Blue to paint over the small
repairs I made gouging out the huge gutters. We've had a couple of huge downpours and it is my distinct pleasure to inform you
that my last effort at stopping that hatch leak succeeded - without the two layers of weatherstripping I am installing.
That's kind of huge, really, because it was the only real leak I have ever had on Falcon and the cure was not an easy fix.
The original mounting system for the running light sideboards to the rigging was both high and mechanical, done with screws,
nuts and brackets. This time, I will smooth the sideboards more and lash them to the rigging with tarred marlin twine through
holes drilled through the starboard. That's right - that's what I said - yeah - lashing - it'll hold - don't worry - I lash guuuuud.
August 9, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Okay, now that I started this whole 'list' thing and it seemed to work so good, I have to carry it through today - at least. We'll see
what happens - maybe I'll add more things during the day - maybe this will be the end of it.

1.) Finish the hatch seal and put the doors back on.   
2.) Assemble, test and install running lights.   Done
3.) Modify and install bilge pumps and float switches.
4.) Clean off decks and cockpit.
5.) Install and attach GPS antenna.   
Made Headway
6.) Install weatherstrip pad to middle Bimini brace.   Done
7.) Seal base of Compass post for water.   Done
8.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation.
9.) Secure engine instrument panel terminal strip.  

That should be more than enough for one day. As I write I keep thinking of more and more things that need to be on there, but it
makes no sense to put much more than I can do in a day. It is already 8:30 and I should get out there and get to work. I avoid the
early morning stuff here because the no-see-um's are nasty in the morning. I actually got stung by a bee yesterday. It hurt a lot
less than I remembered as a child, but it still stung a bit. The bee was all, "Yeah, that's right! I kicked your aarggiick!" and he
died, so, you know, I won. I don't know why they even bother.
After completing the running lights and starting to install
them, I decided they each needed one more
bracket on the
bottom to help secure them and
hold them at the right angle.
It's the little bar on
the bottom with two holes in it. Another
hour or so,
maybe more. Then I realized the fixtures could be
made to exit the wire down instead of out the back. Another
hour or so, but now they are how I
want them, and they are
lashed on. Color them

I painted the damaged, then repaired areas on the hatch deck -
three coats of the Awlgrip while working on the running lights
- then made a special aluminum brace to hold the
weatherstrip down. That part worked great, but the foam
weather strip was sticking up too much and tore. At least it is
easy to change without taking the hatch off.

I got the compass post sealed, the weatherstrip applied to the
center Bimini bow, some deck paint touched up, the engine
panel terminal strip installed, the companionway threshold
sealed and the hatch and doors installed. It has been a long,
hot day and I'm just a little played, but the work is getting
done and I am feeling like I'm on the move again.

To the left is a shot with the wire coming from the bottom of
the running lights and how I will run it down to the deck
inside the lanyards.
August 10, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina -
Cortez, Florida

The weather looks good for today (so far) so I should get going
I removed the old torn foam weatherstrip and replaced it with a split section of old plastic tubing that seems to work fine. I also
remembered to seal all the screw holes and screws this time. I cut down the store-bought door seal and fitted it inside and just
nailed it up. All in all, I'm satisfied. The hatch only has a tad more friction and the seals seem to be almost airtight.
I'm doing pretty good today. Some things are easier than others, of course. I had to conceive, design and fabricate the GPS
antenna mount, but I only needed to drill a couple of holes to mount the Radio. I think I'm about to clean up the dock some and
get started on the bilge pump work. That's going to be a big job to see through to the end, with plenty of inventive fabrication.
Still, I have a pretty good Idea what I want to accomplish so it shouldn't be too bad.

I got a good start on the bilge pump situation and now know I need to get a few more PVC fittings to make the additional
plumbing clean and easy. After viewing the picture of the GPS mount here in the log, I ran outside and pushed it up level to stop
the anal compulsive chirping in my head. I mean, the thing was crooked. How am I expected to sleep on a boat where the GPS
antenna is crooked? It's fixed now.

This was a good day and I got a lot done. I like it like this. I got my laundry done to boot.
August 11, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

So, I'm talking with Geoff about boats and cruising and websites and mentioned that I'm feeling a lot better now and getting
stuff done on the boat. Right? And he says, "Yeah, you've been whining a lot lately." (Which is true - I am not a 'stiff upper lip'  
type when I'm sick - never have been - it's why I generally prefer to be alone when ill - I'm a whiner.) So, there you have it. I
forgot that as long as I'm doing this daily log thing, even if I usually cruise along in my mind thinking no one is reading it and I'm
alone, people ARE reading it and I'm whining. That's what Geoff was talking about. He reads the website. At first I thought it was
a bit of a shot at me, but it was more of a poke that I deserved and needed to wake up and pay attention. Nobody likes to hear a
fussbudget whine. I'll be sure to pay more attention and be grateful I have friends who read this and will give me important
feedback. It is kind of funny. I WAS whining. But I was sick!! Oh, well. I'll be more careful. On with the days list and then on to

1.) Get PVC fittings and continue with bilge pumps.   
2.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation.
3.) Re-install aft water tanks fill manifold and connect to tanks.   
In Progress
4.) Connect fuel tank vent hoses.   In Progress
5.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips.   In Progress
6.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.
7.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.

These are more than enough. I just went into one of those modes where a bunch of things started popping into my head and I
wanted to get them on the list. I just went out onto the dock and sat with Geoff for a few minutes talking. He has accepted the
charter to deliver the Hunter from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to the Mediterranean coast of Southern France. I hope he'll be
able to maintain contact (satellite) and maybe even email pictures during the trip, but I'm not too hopeful - it's a lot to ask.
Maybe I can talk him into taking a bunch of pictures and saving them all until he gets back. That might make a great 'special
page' for the site.

I told him about my mentioning his remark about the whining and he was kind enough to laugh and make a real nasal voice and
say, "It's too hot, the bugs," and laugh again. God'll get'im for that.

Okay, time for me to get to work. First order of business - Home Depot.

I had several stops on the mornings errand list and all together, plus a series of phone calls and visitors, it has absorbed more
time than I would have liked. Still, it all needed doing and I'm satisfied. I stopped in American Discount Auto Parts and gave a kid
behind the counter a piece of 1 1/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC and asked him to find me a radiator hose out back that just slipped over
the tubing. It took about 15 minutes, but he came back with a beauty that has one 90 degree bend and two 45 degree bends. It
only cost $15 and change and it makes the plumbing of the big bilge pumps MUCH easier. I can just select the curve and how
much of it I need and cut it out of the hose and make smooth, strong connections for the bilge pump overboard pipe. Sweet.

I was hoping to show more progress than I did today, but it was one of those days that had detours which effectively move the
whole thing forward. I had to get a 2 gallon fuel tank and transfer 1 1/2 gallons of my special rigging tar into it from two leaking
other jugs. It has been a mistake to try to use lesser containers. This is the fourth time I've had to transfer this stuff due to failing
containers and I hope it's the last.

I also dug out all the PVC tubing and extra hose I have everywhere. This time, whatever I don't use, I lose. Into the dumpster or
the 'last chance' rack next to the dumpster. I also dug out ALL the cushion/mattress foam I had left - enough to fill a good sized
station wagon - and tossed it all. If I need foam for anything from now on, I'll buy new. I emptied the two storage areas on the
boat where the fuel tanks and aft water tanks are installed, making those areas ready for items 3, 4 and 5 above. When I complete
these jobs, I'll also slap a coat of the medium blue paint on those areas and make special storage there for things like my golf
clubs and fishing rods.

I've also started assembling the pieces to make myself a new shore power cord. The new one will be about 90 feet. My old one is
acting up and causes my computer to reboot if the boat is jostled too much. I find it fairly annoying. I've also come to believe that
I will have to install the individual components of the bilge pump systems where they '
must' be, then fit and connect the
hose/piping as needed. It's a pain, but the system is a solid, supercharged bilge pumping system with the power to back it up and
give me a real chance at saving the boat in the event of a fairly substantial breach of the hull or deck. As far as I'm concerned,
that bis what a real bilge pump system is supposed to do. Anyone with a sponge and a saucepan can do what the typical systems
installed on modern boats today do.

The system is complicated and difficult to design and install, but should be very effective, reliable, and easy to repair, if need be. I
hope to make some serious headway tomorrow.
August 12, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Eddie and Sandy are here. Eddie has only 12 more working days until retirement. I can't tell if he's excited or just anxious. It's a
big transition for someone who has worked a full-time job all his life. I try to help him adapt by practicing sitting down and doing
nothing for no reason for extended periods of time. He seems to be getting the hang of it. On to todays list.

1.) Continue with bilge pumps.   
In progress
2.) Connect fuel tank vent hoses.   Done
3.) Re-install aft water tanks fill manifold and connect to tanks. Done
4.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips.
5.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation.
6.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.   
In progress
7.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.
8.) Install lighter socket in console.   
In progress
9.) Make new shore power cord.   Done

Geoff didn't go to Newburyport this morning - the delivery to France has been canceled in favor of shipping the sailboat over on a
ship. John Crissmore (the boat in so many of the recent sunset shots) came and asked for a ride to Tire Kingdom on Cortez
Avenue so he could get a flat tire fixed. Apparently, his spare is also flat. Since I'd just told Geoff and Eddie that I was going to
Home Depot, I dropped John off at Tire Kingdom and picked him back up on the way back to the Seafood Shack. I got two 30
Amp double circuit breakers for my upcoming electrical panel. One for shore power and one for the inverter. I also got aluminum
bar stock to mount the bilge pumps and butt connectors to do the shore power cable. And garbage bags - I don't like the ones I
got last week. Back to work.

It has been brutally hot working in the stuffy, unventilated cockpit side storage areas where the fuel tanks and aft water tanks
are, but I've finally finished the fuel tank vents and the aft water tank manifold. I also got the access plate - that I had painted
shut - opened, so now I can install the lighter socket in the steering console and complete the radio wiring, as well as adjusting
the quadrant stops.

I have been digging out as much of the loose hardware in the bottom of one of the dock boxes as I can. I am on a serious tear
now, throwing out extra gear and materials left and right. I can go and get new in less time than it takes me to find the old extras
I have scattered everywhere. I've had to hoard this stuff in the past because I simple didn't have the money to go out and buy new
every time I needed a nut or bolt or strip of flat stock. Things are different now. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I smell
blood. Nothing can stop me now. Hope I don't have a heart attack or something.

On the lighter side, Geoff SOOO wanted to say how hot it was this morning but couldn't because I'd just written in the log about
his comments when I complained about the heat. At least he admitted it and laughed.

I have a giant mess on the dock but can't go clean it up until it cools off a little. I am dripping wet sitting here and have to keep
toweling off. When I gave wet money to the girl at Home Depot she winced a little, so I told her that wetness wasn't sweat, and
she said, 'Good', and I said, "Yeah. I peed my pants on the way over." And then she was glad it was sweat.
August 13, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

It rained some at 3 AM and I closed up the boat. Other than that, I slept well and think the last stages of whatever I have is going
away. Whatever it was, it has been pretty bad. I suppose it could have been Swine Flu, but I usually don't get flu's. Than again,
most flu's don't kill people. One thing I'm glad of is that I apparently didn't give it to anyone else around here. So I am Henry's
only victim. As if by design. Cunning, isn't he?

It has occurred to me that I am now a very short way from installing the floor in Falcon. Unbelievable. There were times when I
wondered if I would ever get here. Falcon has not had a floor since - - - (dashes for dramatic time delay as I search through the
old files and find an approximate date) - - - Okay, since about 1998. When Conanicut Marina stored Falcon for the short time
they had it out of the water, they blocked her WAY nose down. Rainwater entered and destroyed a lot of books and other stuff
stored in the bow. When I got the boat delivered to Royal Yacht Services in Naples, the first thing I did was to empty it, including
tearing up the temporary floor, to allow everything to dry out. Since then, Falcon has had no floor. Eleven years. See, I CAN still
do simple math. Anyway, I have to remain focused on what I'm doing and wait a bit to address the floor issue, though I may add
it to the list so I can start assembling materials as I muddle through the day. Now, the list.

1.) Continue with bilge pumps.
Made good progress
2.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips. In Progress
3.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation. Started
4.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.
5.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.
6.) Install lighter socket in console.
7.) Make final under-floor water system connections.
In Progress
8.) Bore two large holes through engine beds and re-route 3 heavy cables. Done

The interruptions today have been many and extended and have contributed substantially to the lack of real progress. I HAVE
made some good headway, to be sure, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped for today. Still, it's only 4:30 and there's plenty of time
left. Besides, I enjoy sitting and yakking as much as the others.
It's almost 6:30 now and I've managed to get the second, lower float switch mounted and the 2000 GPH bilge pump plumbed and
set where it will be mounted. Like the float switch, It will be mounted on a piece of aluminum flat stock that gets screwed to the
engine beds. That makes it a lot easier to pull it up for work later on. The big 3500 GPH pump is resting approximately where it
will end up being mounted. Rather than being turned on by the lower float switch, it will be actuated either manually or by the
higher, 'High Water Alarm' float switch. The reason for all the pumps is that the BEST they can do is in a flat line. The MOST
they can lift water is 10 feet, and from my bilge to overboard requires an 8 foot lift, meaning they are hardly pumping anything
by the time they get it there. The series pumps should more than double their output. Half the work means lower voltage drop
and higher RPM. We'll see, but I'm confident. And tired and hungry. See you all tomorrow.
August 14, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Thunder and lightning all around us this morning, but still sunny and hot. A big series of thunder cells are right off the coast. I
can't tell yet if they are heading this way or not. They are close, though, so it won't be long before I find out.

1.) Continue with bilge pumps.
  DONE!!! (almost, really)
2.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips.
3.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation.
4.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.
5.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.
6.) Install lighter socket in console.
7.) Make final under-floor water system connections.

I went outside to get some supplies out of the dock boxes so I can work on the bilge pumps and saw a huge mass of black clouds
coming in at us over the Gulf. It is totally overcast now and a cool, awesome breeze is gusting in and saying there WILL be
weather following. I secured everything on the docks and covered the toolboxes with tied-on tarps, took down the awning and
moved the power tools and some other stuff inside, where I can use it to work today. I love the cool air - okay, allow me to define
'cool' as being less than 85 degrees - but the weather is really only a mild inconvenience today.

I got the first pump installed and will now do the second. The storms have all moved straight north along the coast and while it is
still overcast a bit cooler than the daily life-sapping heat wave, we have not yet felt a drop of rain. Why am I talking like Stewie on
Family Guy? Hmmm. Too much TV. Maybe I'm preparing for a move to England where I will dazzle the local ladies with my cool
accent. Yeah, probably not.

With three of the four bilge Items installed, I'm getting anxious to get the last on in so I can re-install the engine. I may have to
have it in place to safely route the bilge pump piping and secondary pumps around the transmission and prop shaft. It's going to
be crowded in there and I don't want interference conflicts to twist the whole project into 'cocked hat', as the bad guy said in
'Ronin'. Ahhh. It's movies. Fair enough. Back to work.
And now, for those of you patiently awaiting tropical vistas
and glorious sunsets, another tedious, boring set of
incoherent technical shots of who cares what for no good
reason other than, 'it is how I spent this day'.

I have completely lost count of how many times I wrestled
these four items in and out of the bilge - a bilge that is too
deep for me to touch the bottom of, just 'by the way' -
before I settled on, built and installed each unit. The
picture to the left shows the connections still left to be
filled by the secondary pumps. The two aiming straight at
each other are the 2000 system and the ones on opposite
sides are the 3500 system. I think I'm almost there. The
bracket hanging down on the two bolts is what I put there
today to support the secondary 3500 pump. I'm not sure
yet what I'll do to support the secondary 2000 unit.

It looks like it's clearing outside. It never rained a drop
here. Back to the bilge. It would be good to get this done.
Done! The bilge pumps are all plumbed in and mounted!
Of course, I have to pull the secondary pumps back out
tomorrow to seal the innovative inlet snorkels I designed
and attached to the bottoms. Yes, that's right. They rock.
They are the single development item that made the
cascading pumps possible. I should write it up and post it
on the site somewhere, but it would be a good
idea to make
August 15, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

It is 6:30 AM and I am up and feeling fine. The disease is on the run and I am getting back to my regular self. There are still some
lingering symptoms, but not much.

I am going to do the sealing on the secondary pumps this morning and get the wiring squared away. Last night I ordered five
40-60 amp 12volt relays and the sockets to handle the loading of the paired pumps without over-stressing the Rule Super float
switches. While researching the current draw on the Rule pumps, I discovered that Rule actually makes a spigot-in/ spigot-out
3800 pump. Cool. It costs over $200 with tax and shipping, so I'm still way ahead on this project.

1.) Finish bilge pumps.
2.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips.
3.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation.   
4.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.
5.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.
6.) Install lighter socket in console.
7.) Make final under-floor water system connections.   
8.) Install engine.

I can't help making the lists right now. I'm getting a lot done and I really have a lot to do.

I spoke with Kirrill in San Francisco on the phone last night. Kirrill is my old roommate from the Air Force before I went to Viet
Nam. We still keep in touch. It would be good to get together in the future and we're looking forward to it.

It's 10 AM and the pumps have been removed, sealed and re-installed. I have to take a break now and do up a schematic on Corel
Draw so I'm not muddling with the wiring. It's a bit complex, considering all the components and options I'd like to keep open -
you know, manual AND automatic functions; high water alarm; electric panel operation as well as a console switch.
That's the schematic. After lunch I'll start the wiring. I might also do
the other items on the list that are in the console. The radio and
lighter socket.

Another item done. All the long fasteners (77 of them) have now
been cut down to size so the insulation (already cut) can be put up in
the cabin ceiling.
Above are some of the 77 bolts that had to be cut off on the cabin ceiling. To the
left are the last of the under-sole water connections. I am
getting close to finishing
off many of the large jobs on the boat.

We had a sweet squall line come through, complete with near lightning
power outages, torrential rain and gale force winds. It lasted
about twenty minutes
or so. I buttoned up the boat and did the water
connections. Now - thank God - I
have it opened up again so I can have
some air down here. Well, cool air. You
know what I mean.

I did a lot of cleaning up inside the boat today and I still have a lot to go. The
problem is that I have to move the extra stuff around from spot to spot to make
room. Tomorrow I'm going to put a lot of my extra clothes into those vacuum bags
that only work for a couple of days and move them into the truck. I hope the
weather lets me work outside on the console tomorrow. We had several squall
attacks today - feeder bands off some low hanging around the Keys somewhere.

Anyway, things are moving well and I am enjoying getting things done. I also
realized I still have some of the water system to do, but it's in the head - where
there is no head - and that's why I have to get the extra clothes out of the boat -
they're stored in the head.
August 16, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Getting a bit of a late start today. I was awakened at 3 AM by Carol Ann being towed back in by SeaTow. She was sailing with
Jamie, Robert and Roberts brother, whose name I can't remember, and they lost their rudder effect. They said they grounded
somewhere and afterwards the rudder had little effect on the steering, so, not having a steerable outboard - the motor is fitted
inboard in a hole too small to allow turning - they had no choice but to call for a tow. I can't quite figure it out. The rudder looks
fine. They may have had the sail trim totally cattywampus and been trying to pinch up much harder than the boat could take.

I have also been doing a bit of cleaning and sorting here inside. I'm glad I did. I found some stuff I'd forgotten that I had and I
can use it right now. The weather is still suspect outside - cloudy, windy and not looking very good. I just got a call from Donny
and Barb. They are in Boca Raton motoring up the Intracoastal and trying to stay ahead of the two storms making news in the
Mid Atlantic Region. They will be stopping at the Space Coast to watch the Space Shuttle launch on the 25 of this month. It's
scheduled for sometime in the dead of night, so it should be pretty exciting to watch. I hope they have clear skies. On with the list.

1.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips.
2.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.
3.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.
4.) Install lighter socket in console.
5.) Install engine.  
Here is the new, improved version of the bilge pump wiring. I found a nice,
big terminal strip with six contacts and opted for that over the smaller, 8-lug
version. I also added a background color and slobbered a little of the color
palate around the rest of the drawing. I can't help it - I like pretty pictures. I
will go as far as possible with the wiring and include a shot, but will have to
wait for the relays to arrive prior to finishing the job. Meanwhile, I'm very
tempted to put the engine back in place - as soon as I finish the last of the
bilge pump connections.
And that's the name of THAT tune. The engine is in. It's a straight ahead procedure anyway - block and tackle and pure grunt. It
just takes a bit of care and finesse, and a willingness to hold onto the lift rope for ten minutes at a time, like, twice. After that, it's
all wiggle and shake, not unlike faking a seizure to escape a traffic ticket. I'll do the alignment and bolt it in tomorrow. Then add
'Install Balmar Regulator' to the list. It's the big regulator for my 130 amp alternator.
August 17, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Eddie and Sandy were here yesterday evening to check the condition of their reefers. They lost power a couple of weeks ago and
inside the units smells like road kill, so they're going through the steps to try to alleviate that. They also wanted to make sure I
was ready for a smoked venison barbecue on Tuesday night. I'm ready. Now I just have to wait for 36 hours. On to the list. And,
try not to add things I KNOW I can't get to today.

1.) Finish engine installation and alignment.   
2.) Add more electrical wire conduit clips.
3.) Wire in VHF Radio and run antenna lead.
4.) Match rudder quadrant stops so they give equal travel both ways.
5.) Install lighter socket in console.

I am also making another wiring diagram - the one for the steering console. I like the first one so much, I figure I should have a
whole series of them in my Ship's Papers, or when the Alzhiemers catches up with me I won't be able to fix anything. I also need
to gather ALL my equipment manuals and papers into one, organized file, somewhere. I may have to buy a special briefcase.
I started this Console Wiring last night and finished it today. It does occur to
me that I can easily document all the wiring in the boat in
much the same
way. I guess once I have all the drawings I need in
'Play School' fashion like
these, I can consolidate them into a
single, large schematic whose only
intention can be to boggle the
mind and make trouble shooting nightmarish
if not impossible. Still,
I like to please everyone. These colorful ones are easy
CorelDraw. They just take a little time.

I just finished the engine alignment and final bolt down to the beds and up to
the propeller shaft flange. I'm re-assured that my worry about it being a hard,
hot job was for good reason, because it was a hard, hot job. But it's done. I
still have all the hook-ups to do - the control cables, the exhaust, the big
battery cables, the fuel and the wiring harness, all coming to the final touchy
item, the Balmar regulator. Oh, yeah, the raw water, too.

Then, the rest of the list above and add some new items. I still have a bunch
of wiring to do before I can fire up the engine, but it's coming along and I'm

I'm tired tonight. It's only 5:45 PM and I thought I would be doing more, but
I worked hard all day and the last bit wore me down to a nub.

I cleaned out the whole head and stuffed most of my clothes into
plastic vacuum bags and moved them to the truck. The bags are pretty impressive the way the crush down to a shriveled prune
under the draw of my 6 1/2 HP Shop Vac, but I decided not to put them into any dresser-type drawers just in case they liked to
'grow' back to pre-suck size in the dark of night. Sure enough, after a few weeks, they completely lose their vacuum. Fair enough.
At least they make it easy to get the clothes moved and keep them clean.

I've been vacuuming and cleaning everything inside the boat and juggling everything in my head as far as what has to be done
first and how to do it. The lists actually help a lot. It makes me feel like 'people are watching and they'll know I'm a lazy dog if I
don't get it done'. So I get it done. I still have too much to do to think about.
August 18, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

It's 5 AM and I've been up since 3:30. Just woke up wide awake, so I got up, made coffee and started doing a few computer jobs
while I listen to music. I have some pretty big music files on the computer and have my favorites (sort of) separated into two
files of the exact same songs, only one is listed by Artist and the other by Song. I sometimes STILL can't find the song I'm looking
for. My 'favorite' files are 3600 tunes and I'm always adding a song or two from Amazon MP3 Downloads. Which reminds me - I
got one two days ago that needs to be entered to the favorite files. Okay, done. Took almost a minute.

The hurricane threat is gone, but we might still have periods of rain. It's a bit of a pain in the ass, but I'm working inside now, so
no big deal. I had a long phone conversation with my son Matt on Sunday. My kids are the best. They really are. I know a lot of
parents feel that way, but I also know a lot don't and I've seen why. My kids are the best. Now I have to get the publishing going
and get rich and give it to them so they can afford to put me in an old folks home when the times comes so I can dodder into
walls and poo in diapers with the best of them. Yeah, that's the ticket. Tapioca for dinner. On to the list.

1.) Wire in engine and connect cables.   
In Progress
2.) Install the rest of the wire clips.   In Progress
3.) Install lighter socket in console and wire to radio and lead cable back.
4.) Match rudder quadrant stops (I'll be there doing #3 above).
5.) Install buss bar distribution bars and big ground bar.   
In Progress
6.) Install fuel filter and fuel lines.
7.) Install Balmar Regulator.

That's actually a do-able list for today - unless getting up this early causes sudden spells of dozing.

The work on Sunday really must have taken it out of me, though I couldn't tell by waking up at 3:30 AM Monday. Looking back, I
realize that brief period of rest was only the extended nap I should have taken Sunday to recoup. I started working diligently this
morning with all intentions of completely the list, when Geoff came and asked me if I wanted to take a ride to Sarasota to a
sailmaker, where he needed to drop off a jib for a new furling line and a cover sock, then over to visit with Pat and Red Dog for a
few minutes, then to the Russian food scratch and dent for groceries. Great - let's go.

When I got back, a once again dove in and struggled to get some stuff done, but by 3:30 PM, I was ready for a nap. Couldn't do it.
A wild front came through with violent winds and VERY CLOSE lightning strikes. BIG ONES!! When I finally began to doze a bit,
Eddie banged on my boat and got me up. I talked with him as it drizzled on us and we decided to call off the venison feed for the
evening, as the gnats were have quite a feast on us. I called George Pappas and cancelled, then tried to get some rest. Geoff came
back over and tried to be quiet, thinking I was probably resting, but I was already wide awake so I went back outside. An hour
later, Eddie came over and announced the feed was back on. I called George and he was sitting in a restaurant eating, so I gave
him Jammer's New Mexico number and had him call, as that is what I promised Jammer yesterday. Then I ate, took pictures,
slapped at bugs and went home. I know this all sounds like I'm writing it on Tuesday night, but it's really Wednesday morning.
That's how I warp the time/space continuum. I was too tired last night.
August 19, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Okay, it's still Wednesday morning and I'm getting in gear. I didn't wake up this morning until almost 8 AM. It was great. I
needed the rest. I actually woke up thinking I hadn't accomplished a thing on the boat yesterday, but that's not true - I did make
headway on three of the items on the list and also got some computer work done and got a good start on the engine
panel wiring
drawing. I'll just copy the whole list here again and continue on.

1.) Wire in engine and connect cables.   
In Progress
2.) Install the rest of the wire clips.   In Progress
3.) Install lighter socket in console and wire to radio and lead cable back.
4.) Match rudder quadrant stops (I'll be there doing #3 above).
5.) Install buss bar distribution bars and big ground bar.   
In Progress
6.) Install fuel filter and fuel lines.
7.) Install Balmar Regulator.
early and get some stuff done. I picked up everything on the dock last night - in the cool of the evening - but it still needs to be
vacuumed off. I did a lot of cutting, drilling and grinding/sanding yesterday. I should make a list for today.

1.) Clean off decks and cockpit.  
2.) Finalize hatch seal and hang doors.   Done
3.) Modify bilge pumps and float switches and install.   In Progress
4.) Install and connect GPS antenna.   Done
5.) Install cockpit VHF radio.   Done
6.) Cut down fasteners inside cabin roof to allow installation of insulation.
7.) Re-install aft water tanks fill manifold and connect to tanks.
8.) Lead GPS power cable forward and secure.  

That should be more than enough to keep me busy. If I do something that isn't on the list, I'll just add it. Once I get going during
the day, I just try to keep it moving, even if the item isn't on the list. If it needs doing and I'm right there, just do it. I also really
need to get some laundry done today.
sure it works as expected first.

After sealing the pumps and re-installing them, I'll need to complete the wiring as far as possible. Shortly after re-installing
engine, it will be time to design and build an electrical distribution panel and get it painted and installed and complete the entire
wiring of the boat. Easy to say. We'll see how it goes. Getting item #2 on the list is another part of it. Once all the clips I'm going
to use are installed, I can just run all the wires and label every one. That will make connections clean and straight forward,
though certain systems will still need some sorting out. I will begin by getting all the engine, charging, and running systems done
so the boat is 100% operational, regardless if all the accessory AC, music and interior lighting circuits are complete. Or even the
watermaker, for that matter. It can wait.
And there is the bilge pump wiring. All the device
wires are run through one of the 'Chinese
Handcuffs' woven wire looms that Don Capron
gave me a while back. Check this: the section he gave me was just long enough and had one hole in it exactly where the
secondary wires needed to enter. That Don is b
rilliant! Okay, time for some Tiger Woods golf (the PGA Championship) and then
some clean up and maybe even installing the engine.
Okay, it's like this: I have spent WAY too much time in the past two weeks hanging into my dock boxes fishing for hardware that
I dumped into the box a couple of months ago. I had about ten or fifteen 5 gallon buckets filled with all kinds of parts, pieces,
nuts and bolts, hanging around the dock, the truck, and the boat. I finally got so sick of shuffling them around and fishing
through them, that I just emptied them into a dock box and tossed the empty pails.

I'm not sorry, I swear it, but now I have to dig all that crap out of the box, sort some of it out (that I might, or already DO, need)
and chuck the rest. Read 'chuck' as 'give away' or 'deposit on the last chance shelf'. The VERY FIRST thing I was doing today was
clawing through that crap on the bottom of the box to find something I KNEW I had and couldn't find. But now it's past 1 PM and
I need to get to the mechanical stuff on the engine. Oh, yeah, I also did a lot of cleaning up of the stuff I've been tossing out of
the boat and into the cockpit. The cockpit needs to be clean and clear for me to do the list items out there. I'm having lunch right

Right after I ate I went back to work sorting the tones of gear out on the dock, then took a run to Walmart for a few things I
needed. Brown paper to make the patterns for the fiberglass panels on several of the bulkheads in the head and against the after
cabin wall - maybe some more places as well, but those are important so I can continue to finish the water system and get it on
line. I also got a small locking box for the stack of Index cards that I have with addresses and other stuff. The lock was incidental
- I really only wanted the solid box instead of the plastic one. I also needed some super glue, mashed potatoes thumb tacks and a
straw hat that I'm hoping will protect me from the sun a little better.

While finishing up cleaning out the dockbox, then re-loading it with a bunch of stuff that is big, but still needs to be sorted and
tossed, I became weak and dizzy and felt like I suddenly needed to either fall flat on my face or take a quick nap. I elected the nap
option and went inside to lie down in front of a fan and drank a quart of water. In ten minutes I felt fine again and went back
outside. Too much sun and not enough water.

I got a lot done today but wasn't able to nick the list, though I actually added a few things to it and made serious progress on
them. Eddies and Sandy were also on their way to eat (unbeknown to me [you just NEVER get to say unbeknown any more]),
and we stopped into the Golden Corral, where Carol Ann was at work. Good food, excellent company, great waitress.
August 20, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I may have gone a bit overboard with longish posts on this page. It looks like I'll only get 7 days on it. It's okay - I've got all the
room in the world and there is a lot going on right now. It's a little exciting and I like it.

1.) Wire in engine and connect cables.
2.) Install the rest of the wire clips.    
3.) Install lighter socket in console and wire to radio and lead cable back.   Done
4.) Match rudder quadrant stops (I'll be there doing #3 above).   Done
5.) Install buss bar distribution bars and big ground bar.
6.) Install fuel filter and fuel lines.
7.) Install Balmar Regulator.
8.) Make patterns for fiberglass panels.
9.) Cut edge battens for cabin roof.   

I still have some sorting and cleaning up to do before I can swing back into the boat work, but it's all going well.

It's 10:40 AM and I'm inside for a snack and to get a couple of parts. The sorting went very well and I've 'ratcheted up' the
willingness to simply toss into the trash handfuls of unneeded crap. I'd saved SO MUCH stuff '
in case' I might someday need it
and those opportunities have passed. There is some thoughts that someone else might want the stuff, but the very best of it will
visit the last chance rack before going to live permanently in a landfill.

1:15 PM and all the console work is done except running back the antenna cable - because I JUST remembered it. No problem. I'll
add it to the list later on along with 'Lead all mast wiring through cabin roof and seal', because until I do that, there is nowhere to
connect the other end of the VHF antenna cable.

4 PM and just finished some business for Espin. He has apparently sold the Southern Cross 31 and is busy emptying it out. He's
up in Pensacola. He needed me to go get his mail and go through it with him. I set up the Bluetooth and used it. I'm still not
entirely comfortable with it, but it works fine. Now to get something else done as fast as possible.

It is now 7:15 PM and I'm done for the day. Good day. Got a lot done. See you tomorrow.
August 21, 2009 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Fabulous morning outside. I've only been up since 6 AM but have already cleaned up some of the dock, picked a few magazines
and Practical Sailors from a new stack someone left in the laundry room and made coffee. I'm switching to black coffee with
sugar - the creamer is expensive and I'm not at all sure it's something I really want to be eating - most people say 'No, don't use
it', so I'm going to finish my last container and chuck it. Ahhh, the list.

1.) Wire in engine and connect cables.
2.) Install buss bar distribution bars and big ground bar.
3.) Install fuel filter and fuel lines.
4.) Install Balmar Regulator.
5.) Make patterns for fiberglass panels.
6.) Bring mainmast wiring through cabin roof.   
7.) Find and gather all equipment spec sheets and instructions.
( I can't do the Balmar until I locate the wiring diagram that came with it. )
8.) Install the VHF Radio antenna cable.   
9.) Install second bilge pump light in engine instrument pane.    Done

Okay, this is a secret, so don't tell anyone. I came upon this roll of material back in the corner of one of those 'Thrift', 'Goodwill'
type stores, and bought it for $18. The tag said it was 38 inches wide and that there were 6 yards. The material is 60 inches wide
with a print width of 58 inches, so who knows how much is there, really. Anyway, it looks like the wallpaper on a French
Cathouse and I have always, always wanted to live in a French Cathouse. Well, when I was 15. Anyway, when I bought it I had no
idea what I would do with it, I just had to have it. I sort of thought it would make a good mattress cover, but other than that, gave
it little thought.

Now, however, as I'm getting ready to complete the cabin ceiling ( I KNOW it's really called something else - I just can't
remember right now ) and finish it and some of the bulkheads in a light tan Naugahyde, or vinyl - whatever - I can't tell the
difference, I suddenly realized that the material might look excellent paneled on the deck-house inner walls, where the portholes
are. I could get door skin, the VERY thin plywood, make patterns, cut the door skin perfectly, sand the edges round ( takes NO
time at all ), then carefully glue the material to the door skin panels, wrapping the cloth around all the edges. I think it'll look
great and carry the 'Old Classic' look of Falcon inside.
Oh, yes, I know, now all YOU guys want some, too. Can't help
you. That's all I have and I'll be using every scrap. I think. We'll
see. Time to get to work.

I just figured out why these logs are so long - I need to get out
of the heat, drink something and rest a bit, so I sit down and do
this while I'm doing that. I got the wiring on the radio squared
away and bored the necessary holes to run the antenna cable
and also to bring the mainmast wiring in. I'm almost done with
all of that, but working in tiny areas in this heat is tiring.

Finished ( completely ) the VHF radio antenna and connected
it ( mainmast wiring is now inside ) and am temporarily through
working in those tiny, hot areas. It's noon but I can't eat yet.

There is a merciful cool air storm raging just inland and it is
providing the coast with occasional cool breezes.
And now for something completely different - in a way. I recently ordered an AC Ammeter for the face of the electrical
distribution panel I'm going to have to start building soon. I have to have some reliable method of determining what devices are
using what power so I can adjust my use of the onboard resources and not have to run my engine every day to charge the
batteries. So, I ordered a meter from Allied Electronics - incredible price and good name - and it came yesterday. Wrong item. I
got confused ( not entirely my fault ) and accidentally ordered the DC item instead. So, back to the site I go and look over some
more equipment and make a critical decision. I also ordered an AC Ammeter ( again, only this time, I got the numbers right ) an
AC Voltmeter, a DC Ammeter, and two DC Voltmeters (one each for the engine house busses ). Another hundred bucks. Oh, well.
Not bad.

I'm cleaning up inside and getting other stuff done for the rest of the day. It's 3:15 PM and I've had to clean up outside and
prepare for that violent storm to stampede over us. It might not, but I can't let my tools and stuff lay around and hope. I might be
done the big stuff for the day.