February 20, 2011 - May 17, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
I should be working on the icebox, Falcon's deck, and this horrendous interior.
The dinghy needs to get to the dock so I can clean and repaint
the bottom, and clean Falcon's deck. All the miscellaneous stuff
around and in the cockpit needs to be taken off, put away and
cleared so the cockpit can also be cleaned. I am thinking about
getting rid of the oversize compass and going for a smaller,
bulkhead mounted item to be installed in the aft cabin
bulkhead. I may eventually rethink the entire notion of the
small pedestal in the center of the cockpit. There has to be a
better way to mount the GPS than there. I'll think of something.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - Seafood
Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The cockpit is cleaned up and some crap is tossed out and I'm
scheming on how to break the watermaker down into
components. I will also find a new way to mount my cockpit
VHF and the GPS units. I have 2 now, but only one works. I will
Friday, February 25, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I will start laying out and cutting the wood for the new sewing machine base. This should be a fairly easy, straightforward project
and it will allow me to put the machine away again. I will also start working on the dinghy. Cleaning and paint. Painting the white
rub tube on the gunwale. The interior needs to be scrubbed out some. When I brought Falcon into the dock in Marathon to
exchange the batteries, I had the dinghy tied a little close to the stern to avoid the possibility of fouling the prop with the painter.
When I made my three-point turn getting out of there, I blasted a bunch of oil-rich exhaust into the dinghy and stained the
interior. Time to clean it out.
I just did it again and took these two pictures. You can see how dirty the interior of the dinghy is. I got it scrubbed out and the
paint is out there for the rub rail. I consolidated the various containers of West epoxy into two main ones and emptied almost
everything out of the two fuel tank storage areas. That's when I discovered the two water jugs I have are different. I was sure I
was buying one to match what I already had, but when I pulled them both out, one is 5 gallon and the other 6 1/2 gallon. They
are also different colors. I may lose sleep.

The Sailrite is all apart and newly oiled and the wood is all assembled and ready to be cut and put together. I also drained the last
drops from the windlass and cleaned up the dock after the epoxy and dinghy work.
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The dinghy is well cleaned inside and I'll be painting the rubrail and the seats white. The varnish was cute when I was first
completing the dinghy, but I'm over it now. The rust stains from the dissimilar stainless steel fasteners holding the seats is
something I'm prepared to live with for now.

The deck and cockpit are once again cluttered with crap. It's a condition of the art that is living on a boat you are still building.
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

The dinghy has advanced today. I flipped it over and painted the bottom of the rub rail and the block on the transom. A few hours
later, Espin helped me turn it over and I painted the rest of the rub rail, the top of the transom block and the seats. I will roll on a
couple more seats of the paint on the seats before calling them done. I will also paint the transom block - where the rudder and
tiller mount - the same Largo Blue as the hull.
Monday, March 7, 2011 - Seafood Shack
Marina - Cortez, Florida

More painting on the dinghy. Then some Awlgrip on and around
Falcon's deck, clearing the fuel tank vents, glassing inside the old
battery switch box, removing the cockpit center post,
remounting the engine hot buss post, and finishing the inside of
my own icebox. I did all the painting on the dinghy, cleared the
tank vents on the fuel tanks, cleared the dock, removed the GPS
and Compass Pedestal from the cockpit, and brought the bad
Garmin GPS  to the Rte. 41 West Marine to be sent back to
Garmin for repair.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - Seafood Shack
Marina - Cortez, Florida
I cut and sanded out all the excess foam and started
smoothing the corners inside the icebox, then added the 4th
layer of foam to the one side needing it. I tried the Cabosil
thickened epoxy fairing putty and it worked fine. It will cure
until tomorrow and then start getting fiberglassed.

Espin just got back from his skin graft. I think he may be
looking forward to some down time.

I got the Awlgrip catalyst from Randy and will be mixing up
the last of the Ice Blue deck paint soon and coating a number
of areas in need of it. The foredeck and cockpit being first,
then some other locations on the side decks and inside the
dinghy, I'll keep going until it's all gone. Below are 'before'
shots of the two big areas. I'll scrub them and sand them first.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The paint all seems to be okay. Some trash blew into the cockpit. Not a problem. I say 'but' too much. The hatch over the old
battery switch box, now the forward cockpit locker, will be getting some primer and white paint. As you can see, the dinghy looks
fine.
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The Garmin worked fine yesterday and I turned it on first
thing this morning and it seems to be working fine again.
More to come on this subject. Probably once the cockpit
electronics have been sorted out.

I managed to get a few things done today. The Sailrite case is
finally hardened, sanded, and has the final coat of thickened
epoxy on it. It is already cured, but I'm going to wait until
tomorrow so it will be very hard and ready to be overcoated
with Interlux 2000.

I also cleaned out the big bin in the head and repackaged my
medical supplies and stored them away neatly. I will be
working in the head more now, fixing the valve in the head
itself, wiring up the macerator, enclosing and painting the
storage lockers, installing the watermaker, and finally,
making and installing the shower curtain.
I will also be pulling the starboard anchor chain out today and piling it on deck, so I can get at the depth transducer and try for an
inside placement, versus hauling the boat and boring another hull penetration. It is also time to hardwire the hot water heater.
Just a slight aside: I paid something like $68 for this hot water heater - it is now 'on sale' at Home Depot for $225. I guess I
timed my purchase correctly.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Among my pressing jobs is the refilling of the Ideal Anchor Windlass with gear oil. I'm not quite sure how I'll do it yet, but I want
to improve on the last effort of a drippy, drooly plastic syringe and a mess everywhere. I'm thinking of forcing the oil upstream
from the bottom of the water-catching drain system. I think I have a good way of doing it with a minimum of mess.

While I'm working in the area, I'll also wire in the water heater, hang the spare lines, and take a shot at mounting the depth
transducer.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I worked in the bow yesterday. The 200 feet of starboard anchor chain is pulled out on the deck (with an old sail bag protecting
the deck) and I placed the new transducer into position on the inside and covered it with water. All day long I checked it, moved
it, wiped the face, unplugged it and reconnected it, and it never worked (not even for a second) from the inside. I will reconnect
the old transducer and will put the haulout and installation of the new transducer on hold for now. The old system is presently
working to at least 8 feet. With 2 GPS's and that much depth sounder, I should be able to muddle through for a while, though I
still find the glitchy depth sounder annoying.

I got most of the spare lines hung up forward and checked out the anchor windlass. I just downloaded the latest Garmin update
for the 545 - it is already installed, from the factory, but I want to have on the SD card just in case.

I have GOT to get the cockpit storage lockers glassed and waterproofed and get the old pedestal socket on the cockpit sealed. The
recent rain reminded me there are little leaks awaiting attention and it's time I got to them.
Above is the anchor chain on deck and my present supply of various fuel and water jugs. I have room for them in the big storage
lockers where the fuel tanks reside, and don't mind storing them empty. No weight and zero chance of spillage.

The depth sounder had stopped working when I got back to the boat. I'll try it again for a while, but we'll see if it's worth trying
inside.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I am now getting much more 'in tune' with the work on my own boat and am becoming more organized in my head. It makes a
difference, believe me. The large amount of supplies and materials awaiting use makes interior work a 'shuffling' business where
moving the wrong things to the wrong places compounds the effort extensively. Lost or 'hidden' tools and supplies requiring
endless searches and hundreds of wasted hours wear on my patience and temperament. I am becoming grumpy in my old age
and no longer shrug these things off easily.

Things do become easier as jobs are completed and the actual list of things 'waiting' dwindles down. Still, I would not like to
make a full list yet. There will be a time for that later on.

I went to Home Depot and got 2 more 4 foot piano hinges for the forward storage lockers and some latch bolts to go with them. I
also picked up a set of 8 Sureglide buttons to put on the bottom of the Sailrite case.

I picked up and straightened out my clothes and will begin to pack and stow the heavier winter items. The storage lockers are
now being completely re-arranged and re-assigned, as far as what goes where. Before, I just crammed them full of whatever was
closest and was happy to have the floor space. Now, I'm trying to be thoughtful and methodical. We'll see how that works out
down the road.

I did some research online and discovered something important about the new ST40 transducer: it has an offset and alignment
arrow. I now know there is a very definite way to mount it and I was not doing that during the recent tests. I'll prep the inside
mounting area and mount it correctly - with the silicone I bought for the job - and see how it works then.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The rock-hard surface of the Sailrite case and got sanded and a
good coat of Interlux 2000. I'll sand it lightly and apply some
color to the sides and top tomorrow, but the bottom is done -
except for the little furniture slides. The bottom doesn't need
color, just protection. I'll be putting the sewing machine
together any day now.

I added a short piece of fuel line to the bottom of the water
trap on the windlass drain, then attached the quart bottle of
gear lube to it, opened the top plug and drain valve and filled it
from the bottom.

It almost worked perfectly, but not quite. I let the cap on the
bottle come a little loose and had a small leak for a moment. I
was armed with a rag and didn't make a mess. The system is
head and shoulders better than the previous method, and I'll
improve it once more, I'm sure.
Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Seafood Shack
Marina - Cortez, Florida

It's much warmer today and I am already working on the
various chores. I started by doing a complete CorelDraw
rendering of the new mainsail with all the panels and shapes
and sizes. I should double check what I have for extra heavy sail
material on hand and consider increasing the order by one or
two more yards. I am dangerously close to coming up short.
The thing is, being reckless with the money just now may bring
me dangerously close to running out of food before the month
is over.
There is still a lot to do as far as figuring out exactly how and how
much to trim the panels to get the right shape in the sail. I can also
make it easier by not splitting the 54 inch material down to 27
inches and I'll have half as many panels. A lot less work and the sail
might end up just the same. It would be different if I knew more
about sail making.

I got the two tiny units from China today. They arrived yesterday
and Paul brought them to me today. For all I know, they mailed 2
sets and one is lost. I only see one charge to my account, but even if
there are two, it only cost $13 each and will be worth it if it works.
Friday, April 8, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marine - Cortez, Florida
The final fit of the Sailrite into the new case required a bit of Dremel sanding and shimming to match the deck height. Other
than that, it's perfect, and now, it's done. I'll make a new cover for it and come up with a way to install a handle on top to make it
easy to move and store.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
I got busy clearing the way through to the bow and started on the transducer job, hoping it might work, but willing to go through
the motions even if it didn't. The first thing I discovered was my new vacuum cleaner wasn't sucking. Fifteen minutes of cleaning
and re-assembling and it works, so I sucked the water and dirt from the tiny bilge beneath the anchor chain locker and wiped it
dry. A trial fit of the transducer proved it would not fit into the space with the full flange intact, so I went outside with the big
grinder and removed all but about 1/8 inch of the flange. Now the unit fit easily down into the space.

Next, I got a hole saw just big enough for the transducer to fit into a hole it made and removed the centering bit. Carefully
holding the drill steady with both hands, I cut straight down into the sloped and curved surface until the circular slot cut by the
hole saw formed a capital letter 'C'. By repeating the process with smaller and smaller hole saws, I was left with a circular pit with
only a small lump in the middle. I sanded it out with a 2 inch sanding disc.

The silicone I bought last week got opened and I piled a generous amount on the transducer face, then into the hole in the bilge.
Checking to be sure of the alignment, I pushed the transducer into position and squished it right down to the fiberglass.
Naturally, a huge donut of silicone rose up around it. Once that cures, it will be the only thing holding the transducer in place,
the main reason I used so much in the first place.

Out to the cockpit to check (I already had the depth sounder turned on and connected) and I was looking at a rock solid 8 feet. At
long last, I have a depth sounder that works.
These are a couple of pictures to illustrate how remote the transducer location is. Also, these two forward areas were packed with
stuff. Stuff now filling my bunk and the main saloon. On a happy note, the silicone is already getting quite firm and I will be able
to wrap up this mission pretty soon.

I set up the temporary table on the dock and will get to the whole sewing thing as soon as I can.

It's much later now. The depth sounder has worked flawlessly and I will work on completing the job tomorrow.
eventually send the crap Garmin in for repair. Now that I'm not quite as pissed about it, it's still the cheapest way to get an
updated item.
Monday, April 11, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

And now, for today. Nothing much going on yet. I slept long and well and never got up until almost 8 AM. It is now a little past
9:35 and I have already put the Sailrite on the dock and will be out there soon to make the cover and carrying straps. I will also
try sewing some of the last scraps of padded vinyl together for the last, last spot on the cabin/deck overhead. I'll be sure to get
pictures for those of you who don't read.
I set up the Sailrite and tried (unsuccessfully) to do some Frankenstein-like stitching to salvage the last of the padded vinyl.
There were multiple problems: The foam insisted on being petulant and obstinate, there was a mechanical problem somewhere
in the Sailrite, and I'm a moron. I let a boob use the machine (me).

A little at a time I took most of the Sailrite apart, including areas I'd never been into before. I studied mechanisms and made
adjustments I saw needed doing, all the while slowly operating the machine by hand and consistently hearing the ominous
crunching, grinding noise that wasn't supposed to be there. I finally removed the little shuttle hook and the noise stopped. A
close examination of the complex piece revealed a few nasty little stab marks from the last time a made shrapnel of a needle.
Putting the two pieces together and moving them by hand produced the sound I was tracking. I got out my Dremel with a worn
drum sander on it and polished the tiny divots off the shuttle hook. Once it was re-assembled, it worked almost perfectly. I had to
re-adjust the bobbin tension and re-trace the thread through the tension adjuster.
I cut 6 pieces from two different clothes. One was a heavy nylon weave of very tough and coarse threads. The other one, the blue,
is much finer, but also a tough, abrasion resistant fabric. Two sizes, 12 x 13 inches for the ends, and 22 x 36 inches for the main
wrap, in each material, then I sewed them together in a double layer before sewing the entire cover together and hemming it
along the bottom. I like it. It should wear well and protect the machine while not being difficult to store.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I really have to complete the depth sounder installation. I've allowed a couple of days for the silicone to cure so tussling with the
cable wouldn't upset the transducer. It seems like plenty of time has passed and I can go ahead and laces the cable through the
same tubes the other one is in. I found my utility 'snake' and will try this out first.
I cleaned off the deck and hunkered down, preparing for whatever sprinkles or rain might come, but also got busy inside and
moved stuff until I had access to the depth transducer cable route. Above is the sole removed from the entire forward area. The
existing depth transducer cable is routed through the skinny white tube in the upper left. Part of it hangs in space between the
floor beams.

I pulled the old cable all the way out and bored the holes in the frames slightly larger, then installed a section of the left over
white plumbing hose I used throughout the boat. This time, I brought it all the way from the transducers to main saloon, where
the cables travel through a 10 foot section of 3/4 inch schedule 40 PVC pipe, all the way to the engine bilge.

Having the entire forward sole up reminds me I should complete a few other jobs right now. These:

1.) Install the shower sump pump and plumb to the bilge.
2.) Wire the macerator all the way to the electrical box.
3.) pull the 4th water tank piping out and replace the system feed from the watermaker.
4.) Replace the leaky valve on the head (I found the spare).
5.) Get the watermaker apart and install the parts in the head.
6.) Hang the head door.

Nice list. Let's see how I do in the next day or so. I've already installed the box over the transducers and the 200 feet of chain is
back in the chain locker. I can stow the golf clubs forward as soon as the head on the driver cures. I just put it back on with the
water activated Gorilla glue. I just checked it and it's done. Judging from the trouble I had cleaning up the foam, the glue will
definitely do the job.
Removing the unused water feed was fairly easy, but running the new
tube to the watermaker area was not. But number 3 is done.

The pump I'm using for the shower sump had a crack (I knew about a
long time ago), so I took it apart, cleaned the rust off everything and
re-assembled it. I suppose I should test it, but I haven't yet. The repair
and installation were time consuming, but it is also almost done. I still
need to add a bit of extension to the aft end of the drain to the bilge.
Number 1 is done.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - Seafood Shack
Marina - Cortez, Florida

I have to continue to push on the projects and not allow myself to be
diverted. There is a condition of 'shipshape' which allows cruising
though every detail on board is not yet completed. The bigger the
crew, the more unfinished details can be attended to under way.
Obviously, I should have most everything done. My crew of -1- tends
to be lazy under way and can only be motivated to labor under
extreme duress, like a sinking boat.

The depth sounder is installed and all that is left is the coiling and
securing of the extra cables. I went to Home Depot and got a full ten
foot length of the 1/2 inch PVC pipe, for the ridiculous price of $1.56. I
don't even know how they can do that or why they should. After
driving 5 miles, I'd to think the prize at the other end was somewhat
more valuable.
I finished the forward shower sump plumbing and have only a bit left at the aft end. I'll just heat the tube a bit and bend a little
dog-leg into it so it will lie flat on the keel prior to dumping in the bilge. It will prevent the drain tube from holding water in a
valley.

As you can see by the photos above, I had to take a break and set up the sunshades up top. It makes a huge difference in comfort
inside the boat. It's at least ten degrees - or more - cooler in here now.
Friday, April 15, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

Once I had the sewing machine set up outside and Lynda settled in to do her project, I started on finalizing the depth sounder
installation by stowing and securing the extra cable. The depth sounder no longer worked. Great. Now what? It worked non-stop
for about 30 hours, then became 'ghosty', occasionally blinking as it lost the signal, and was now a solid line of three dashes,
indicating there was no transducer or no signal at all.

I pulled out the head - dropping the small, specialized restraining nut and losing it - and began switching back and forth to the
other transducer. The second (badly mounted) unit worked perfectly, so it had to be the transducer. I wondered if the new
transducer could have been knocked loose by something - anything? Maybe I tugged on the cable while lacing it through the
boat, or the weight of the anchor chain crushed down too hard on the safety box I'd built. (Impossible, but I had to wonder.)

Once again, I put the old sailbag down on the foredeck and hauled 200 feet of chain out on deck, emptying the chain locker. I
pulled out the safety box and tested the transducer. It was firmly in place. That's when it hit me. As a liquid, even gel-thick, it
transmitted the signal. As cured silicone, it became a rubber-ish barrier to the transducers function. I pulled out and cleaned off
all the silicone, much of it only partially cured. Then I went to the Internet and did some research.

My thinking now was to use straight, unthickened West Epoxy and see what they said on line. One transducer company
recommended the process, while others swore against it, but only in the context that changing the location of the transducer, if
the original spot didn't work out, would result in a damaged unit. Fine. My situation is different - it either works here or I drag it
out back and kick its ass. Besides, once I ground the flange off I knew - if it doesn't work inside, I will have to haul the boat, buy a
new transducer (about $75) and install it in a bored hole from the outside.

I used rotary sanding discs and Scotchbrite pads to clean and level the hull location, and a little careful Scotchbrite work on the
face of the transducer to clean the silicone off it, then mixed up a batch of West Epoxy. I took great care to mix it long and slowly
to remove all the tiny bubbles. Once I poured it into the space, I again stirred it slowly to get any more bubbles out, then put the
transducer into it. Several tries resulted in several odd readings. I finally asked Mark to step on board and watch the head for me
as I moved and rotated the transducer in the small pool of wet epoxy. (It was about an inch deep.) As he called out the numbers
to me, I found a perfect position providing a solid reading of the correct depth, and left it right there.
Above left, the barely visible transducer now resides in a completely cured puddle of epoxy and the head shows a steady, accurate
depth. Go ahead, stare at it. You'll see it's rock solid. I watched the instrument and checked the pool of epoxy frequently to see if
there would be a classic 'overheat and foam' reaction, hoping the coolness of the fiberglass beneath the waterline would prevent
such a thing. It did. The epoxy cured smooth and cool and solid in just a couple of hours.

The next thing I had to do was find the damn special nut to remount the head. I ruined a new shirt and pair of pants climbing
around the engine and through the bilge for at least an hour before finally locating the hateful little snipe. I held it right up
between my eyes and gave it a piece of my mind. It won't do THAT again. I hope.

Yesterday I also started working on the head to replace the bad valve. The thing is, it doesn't need to be replaced - the thin bronze
plate it closes against has a small divot in it. A divot I think I might have made when I was removing some of the excess sealer I
used when assembling the unit. I will clean everything up and fix the seal and do a better job of assembling the head this time.

I tested the shower sump pump and it works fine. I also did a temporary installation of one of the small Carframo fans to keep
the mosquitoes off me at night. It worked fine.
The shot on the left is the brass plate the valve in the head needs to seat flush against it was a tad rinked and I carefully flattened
it and polished the seat surface. The head is all reassembled and works fine. Next, I have to complete all the wiring below the
head sole and seal all possible leaks in the shower sump. Running the big wires for the macerator will be another test of patience
and endurance.
My new clock keeps perfect time and looks just fine. It even matches the
decor inside the boat. Did you see that? Did you see what I said? That's
right, I said 'decor'. Don't think I'm a mook just 'cause I eat cold beans
out of a can. I can talk fancy if I have to.

I have to get batteries for just about everything. Be back in a while.

I got batteries for everything - except my digital voltmeter - so I had to
go back and get one more. After fixing everything and watching some
golf and a fixed Nascar Race. Don't ask which one - they're all fixed. It's
the Southern version of Professional Wrestling without the hot ring
girls.

I helped RJ put up a sun shade. It will take some tuning up and will
make the boat much cooler in the summer.
Monday, April 18, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I've managed to clean up a great deal of the boat and bored the necessary holes for the macerator wiring. Those wires are run and
I'm about ready to do all the forward wiring. The underberth storage for the Sailrite and it's accompanying cases is also cleaned
and ready. Once these things are all done, the computer comes apart again and gets installed beneath the desk where it belongs.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

The macerator and the shower sump pump are done. I also cut the hole for the switch to control the sump pump and installed
and wired the switch. The shower sump is now all sealed with silicone, the wiring secured and the sole installed. Below are the
photos. The glowing red switch is for the shower switch and the low humming noise you can't hear is the pump running.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I have new hinges for the forward storage areas and plenty of new deadbolts to hold them closed. There's one job I can do. I'm
not sure how much wood I have for the hatches themselves, but I might have enough.
Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I'm thinking more about Panama City. I'll have to make more calls and see what the situation is up there. I don't like the
'weather' look of the Keys this year. Already, a hurricane is trying to form in the Atlantic. This winters weather has been
unusually violent, and if the Hurricane season follows suit, well, the Keys are about due to take a shellacking. I don't want to be
this close to a finished boat and take that chance. I don't know. I have to look around some more.
Monday, April 25, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina, Cortez, Florida
I started a major cleaning and re-assigning spaces for the
advancement of projects. The lid of the IceBox - previously 18 inches
deep in tools and supplies - is now cleared and work got done.

The macerator is completely connected and tested and it works great.
It has a 20 amp fuse and can only be operated by a key switch - once
the thru-hull has been opened. The fresh water pump is connected
solidly and runs faster and stronger with a bolted down connector.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina -
Cortez, Florida

I have to do a little special planning here today on the sailcloth I
have here to see just what I can get out of it before I make the order
from Sailrite. I also have to pay strict attention to warp and fill
Thursday, April 28, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

I've done a lot of cleaning up and preparation for work inside the boat. Each little system I complete and can put behind me is
like a little milestone. For too many years to count, I could not feel such a phenomenon because there was still such a long list of
things to be started before I could even see the tunnel, never mind the light at the other end.
Friday, April 29, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida

More cleaning and interior work is on the schedule for today, with occasional sorties to the dock to cut wood. There are some
panel to hull joints in the head and forward galley in need of epoxy filler and tabbing to the hull, but I don't dare do it until the
reefer interior is finished. First things first.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Here is a shot of the forward galley storage locker. It is finished and I
should get the dock box emptied and packed into it. I had almost a full
sheet of 2 inch styrofoam board up on the dock for two days. It was
floating in the marina after the last good blow and I pulled it out, noting
how heavy it felt. I laid it on the dock and hosed the dirt  and weeds off
it, then waited for two days to see if it would rapidly dry and get light
again. It did. If the same stuff (I used to line my reefer with) gets wet on
board, I'll be able to dry it out quickly by emptying the box and putting a
small heater in there for a day or so, monitoring it closely. I've already
moved the now dry styrofoam to the last chance rack.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina -
Cortez, Florida
The floor hatches are a minor problem waiting to be solved. When I made them up, I wondered if the 3/4 inch thick straps would
be a problem, and they are. They hit the tops of the battery posts, and they cause the hatches to curl up slightly if there is
dampness below. I have been meaning to strip off the troublesome battens and apply a single course of heavy fiberglass cloth the
bottom to solve the problem. They will all be brought out on the dock for the work. It will also be an opportunity to sand, prime
and paint them, as well as the cabin sole.

The second photo is the storage solution for the main saloon table. It too, will get a coat of primer and paint. The top surface will
eventually be treated with a backdrop of old charts, coins from around the world, odd trinkets and pouring resin. The bottom and
leg will be Sand Castle. Come to think of it, that big, wide leg does cry out for some sort of interesting treatment. Maybe a
shaping, like a guitar body and a hole and 'f' slots or something. Anything to bring it to life. Down the road, for sure.
Left is the old door George removed from CJoy and gave me years ago. I cut it
to fit and mounted it in the head. It also swings aft to close off the entire
forward section below. The back side will be sanded, primed and painted Sand Castle. This side will be fixed (the laminate in the
lower panel is lifting) and the raised beams will be painted the Forest Trail tan, while the recessed panels will be coated with the
brown material I've used on the cabin sides and still have plenty of. My desk chair will also be upholstered with the stuff.

When I first arrived in Naples in 1995, I accidentally wandered into Bed, Bath, And Beyond. After having several seizures due to
sticker shock and reasoning an extended tour to search for lower prices elsewhere would invariably result in my spending a great
deal more time and possibly as much money, I coughed up the $28 for this VERY Florida shower curtain. Yes, that's right - I still
remember the exact price. I still have it and it is still soft and flexible and the colors are still as bright as ever. It was apparently
well worth the money. Of course I still have it. It has been an emergency Poncho meant for wrapping and not for putting a hole
in the middle and being Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Gay. It will be installed in the head
after all these years. Who knew I would ever find a viable reason for saving it?
threads to be sure the reinforcement panels I cut match the new sailcloth.

I will be removing the lid to the reefer so I can finish insulating the bottom of it and glass all the foam and finish the unit. I also
have to research that counter top pouring Poly to finish the tops of the reefer lid and the saloon table. I have noticed the more
'high end' yachting magazines, both in Europe and America, have shied away from the correct spelling of the main cabin, 'saloon',
in favor of the 80's disco hair cutting places, 'salon'. It may take me some time to decide which is really more objectionable.
Monday, May 16, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Never able to locate the drawings for the mainsail, I made new ones yesterday and will have to work on them more before I start
cutting the sailcloth. Once the cutting begins, the job is on and must be pressed to the end. I opened and measured the other
main yesterday and started with my 'new' and real sail dimensions. Still waiting for word if I can make use of the front second
floor landing to build the sail. There is still plenty to do before I get to that stage.
The roll of sailcloth is standing in the corner. While I'm sure you're thinking, "The boat don't LOOK clean.", I have to mention
the floor is clear and clean, the walls washed, the stove top is clean as well as the splashback, and the forward area of the boat is
completed (except for paint), cleaned and packed for the trip. The rear section of the boat, and the cockpit, still need a lot of work,
but the dock boxes are emptied and gone. Now, everything is on board and certain supplies will be used and the extra gotten rid
of. Once the new mainsail is made, the old one will be discarded. The pile of insulation I still have will soon be used or gone. All
that crap on the counter is doomed to extinction, for sure.
The new seat for the desk is much more comfortable and I'm glad I
swapped it out with the other. The thing is, it's ugly and needs work.
Later on, I'll cover the cushions and armrests with the same material
on the cabin sides.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina -
Cortez, Florida

Already a busy day, I've just finished yesterdays post and am now
starting on todays. I seem to have a lot to do today and should really
get started. It's a little cool this morning and I think I might set up a
table on the dock to get the floor hatches going and maybe even the
head door. If these things work out well, and I'm knee deep in
fiberglass and epoxy all ready, why not see what I can do inside the
icebox? It sounds reasonable.
Mounted in George's CJoy, this door was on the port side of the boat and it's top reflects the curvature of the deck above. The 2
pictures are both the forward area doorway and the head doorway. I will fix the door, since it will be primed and painted and have
the material installed on the panels. The drips in the upper right corner of the 2nd shot are epoxy I never sanded from the early
construction of the boat. All these little surface defects will be corrected when I repaint in a year or two.