|May 18, 2011 - June 23, 2011
|Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Volker and Marcia went to Walmart yesterday and I followed along to get a few food odds and ends. I also set up the dock outside
for a table and work on the floor hatches and icebox and other things. The wind blew so hard and the temps dropped and I only
managed to get the one separated hatch glued back together.
When I removed the battens from the bottom of the hatches, one of them fell into three pieces. I used the very last of my Gorilla
Wood Glue to reassemble it. After that, all that was left to do was have dinner with Marcia and Volker, which I did, and it was an
exceptional salad with shrimp. Oh, yes, and I cleared the icebox lid/chart table of everything and removed it in preparation for
bringing it outside and insulating and glassing it.
I spent a little time having coffee with Volker and RJ this morning, then got right into the hatch work. Raindrop pulled out while
I was glassing and I ran over to say goodbye. The three saloon floor hatches are now ground and smoothed on the bottom, the 'V'
groves filled with sawdust thickened epoxy and two layers of fiberglass cloth have been epoxied to them. One layer patched
together of strips left over from RJ's deck and the second layer of a fine rigid fiberglass screening RJ left in a box of fiberglass he
gave me when he emptied his old storage facility.
|The three saloon floor hatches cured and were sanded slightly and
flipped over. I ground and sanded the top surfaces and filled any cracks
or irregularities with thickened epoxy, weighting down the ends of one
panel that was curling up a little. Once that treatment cured, I sanded
the surfaces and primed with Kilz2 latex primer.
|Thursday, May 19, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina -
Below are shots I took yesterday of progress on the saloon floor hatches
and some from this morning. They show the slight curling of the panels
as well as the dock mess I am making. It will all be cleaned up soon and
I will then worry about the mess on Falcon's deck, cockpit, and interior.
Below are this mornings first coat of green after sanding and a look at
|the last three floor hatches and the underside of the reefer lid. I am not inclined to remove the battens from the two small
hatches from the aft galley sole, as they are not hindering batteries or anything. The tops will be sanded, primed and painted. The
larger plywood hatch for the center of that sole will need a bit of addition to its length. I got just a wee bit overly enthusiastic
when cutting out the opening for it and like fixing the hatch more than the sole. It will be easier. After fixing it, primer and paint
and in it goes.
|The shot to the left is evidence of how much is left to do in the cockpit
and on deck. True, it only takes a few minutes to toss it all onto the dock
and make the boat look clean again, but there's still a lot to do once I've
done that. I just HAVE to get this reefer finished and the storage beneath
the cooktop. Once these projects are completed, almost every last bit of
extra 'building materials' can be disposed of and then the very last
construction projects in the boat can be addressed.
|Above and to the left are the last four structures needed inside the boat.
The two oddly shaped covers beside the companionway ladder enclosing
the engine room and putting an end to the full-volume sound and heat
|from the engine in the cabin.
Also the two hatches leading to the fuel tank and cockpit side
storage lockers. These will most likely be rigid foam insulation
covered with heavy fabric and snapped into place.The head door is a
little rough - well, okay, more than a 'little' - cosmetically and I
don't think any amount of sanding and varnishing can help it. My
solution of fixing, priming and painting still seems best to me, and
that's what it will get. This will also make it possible to duplicate
the door for the passage between the aft galley and main saloon. A
clever man might even find an item suitable for modification in a
local Home Depot or Lowe's or Used Boat Crap place. I will find a
clever man and follow him around.
The work progressed on the door and the hatches throughout the
day. It is now 6:37 PM and I am just quitting for the day. The
saloon hatches got their last coat of green and are back in place in
the sole. I won't step on them for at least a day, but they are
|considered done for right now. The expensive latches I bought to dog
them down will not work the way they are and still leave room for the
batteries below. They will have to be machined.
A task for another time.The sun curls these plank-made hatches right up
during the day, but they flatten out again when they cool off and the
moisture inside equalizes. You can see how much they curled.
|The large aft sole hatch got extended and ground, sanded and primed. The smaller side hatches got their cracks filled and ground,
sanded and primed.
I cut about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the head door and added an oversize piece of Douglas Fir. It will be ground down and
shaped and the other irregularities in the door corrected. Sanding, priming and painting come next, and the cloth will be bonded
to the recessed panels. Sweet.
|Friday, May 20, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The morning began with me posting the rest of yesterdays Log, which I finished yesterday but never posted. I had to watch Jane
kill Red John instead. The dude totally had it coming. I mean, who names their baby Red John, after all?
The first order of business was to throw a coat of green on the last three hatches, photo later (I'm presently charging the battery
for the first time - got almost 100 photos, plus 3 or 4 videos, and it was only 2/3 used.). Then I swung right into the head door,
grinding the new top piece thinner and shaping it. Three trips in and out of the boat with the ungainly item were required to get
it where I felt it needed to be for me to stop. A lack of funds and time dictate certain chores must wait for a later date to be
completed. The things is, I've been getting a lot done and will continue to do so.
The three saloon sole hatches are not lying flat yet, so I will drive 2 screws in each and they too will wait for a later date. If they
give me any guff down the road, I'll replace them with 3/4 inch cabinet plywood and call it done. If something I try doesn't work,
I don't lose sleep over it - I just move on to the next solution and give that a shot.
|At a later date I will massage the door openings to better fit
the door, but it's fine for now. I blasted off most of the old
varnish with the palm sander while shaping the new top. It
almost makes me want to varnish it again. Almost. But, no
dice. There are half a dozen holes needing filler, a pine top
rail, way too much varnish left on tiny moldings and
recessed corners, and the top laminate on the recessed
panels in loose in many spots and missing in others. Forget
it. The door gets patched and painted.
The icebox lid is next.
The last three hatches have been twice coated with green
and are now in place on the aft cabin sole.
I also got the underside of the icebox lid epoxied and the
defects filled. Tomorrow I'll start foaming it and glassing
both the lid and the interior of the box itself. Sometimes it
seems like things are happening slowly, probably because
The icebox lid is to the right. I started by epoxy sealing the
edges and the entire under surface and filling the voids.
Some light sanding tomorrow and the foam starts going on.
There will be some trial and error fitting so the lid will open
and close properly and tightly. It might need some weather
|Saturday, May 21, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The icebox needs to be finished fast. The first layer of foam has been added to the lid and weighted to get a good bond.
|I'll now go outside and start cutting the heavy cloth to line the icebox, then set up and install it. If all goes well, the glassing will
be completed today and the dock will again be cleared and clean. I'm also going to give the wind generator to Chris. I can't be
bothered with chasing that technology. My present plans involve solar panels, on top of my existing ones, which slide out
sideways when at anchor.
|And there it is. The inside of the icebox is fiberglassed. There is more to do, but the big panels with the heavy cloth and many
pots of mixed epoxy is done. The next session will add more corner strips and will complete the top all around. I will be able to
keep going until every last piece of glass is in and I am satisfied. Once set here, I'll start working with the lid to make sure it
opens and closes nicely, then glass it and coat all the surfaces with whitened epoxy and install the drain.
One other thing is that I'll have to coat the top surface of the lid with epoxy also, if I want it to survive the electrical work coming
without getting all stained and dirty. Inside the box, the Adler Barber cold plate/ice box will need to be properly mounted and
sealed where the pipes come through. It is the old style freezer reminiscent of early refrigerators and I'll have to be careful of the
plastic cover if I expect it to last for a while.
An idea I just had is to mount it in the rear center with a small shelf on either side that might also serve as freezers of a sort. Just
Once the entire system is all installed and plumbed (it has water cooling) I will see if I can get Scott to service it with vacuum and
coolant. I am closing in on things. Getting this done will be huge. I may buy ice cream.
|Sunday, May 22, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
I spoke to Scott about the refrigeration unit and he will help me with it when I'm ready. Today I'll add the last foam to the lid and
finish any glassing inside the box.
|The compressor for the refrigeration is also in the picture. I
cannot find an oil drain and can only - oh, never mind - I just
found it - the oil is leaking out onto my leg when I turn the thing
on it's side. There is a fill on top and I guess if I opened it, the oil
would drain quickly.
Scott just came over and said not to worry about it - when we
pump it down and service it, if it needs a little oil, he can add it.
He looked at the whole system and said it would be easy to get
set. I still have a lot of work to do to complete the installation,
including flushing vinegar through the water cooling circuit to
remove the scale, getting a proper water cooling circuit installed,
and completing the lid.
What I think should be the last glass inside the box is done.
With the foam installed under the lid - both layers - it now needs
to be fitted to the box. This is going to be a fussy little job
|requiring some tricks. There are 10 individual surfaces needing to be sanded and fitted - leaving adequate space for glassing - and
each one should only be ground back enough for clearance and no more. The design of the lid panels is based on an air seal called
a 'labyrinth seal' where there is no contact from one surface to the next, but a complex, thin path to inhibit fast air movement. I
will be installing a very thin foam rubber seal around the lip as well, but it has to be perfect and lets face it,
nothing is perfect, except for the Village Idiot, who is a Perfect Idiot, or he wouldn't get the job.
|The very top surface of the icebox will be epoxy filled and smoothed and
called finished. On the lid, the foam will be tapered and all the edges
rounded to ease closing, then the entire lid gets glassed and smoothed.
Getting the (difficult) drain installed and the (complex) freezer box
mounted will finish the main construction work on the reefer. After that,
the compressor mounting and final details will result in my having space
for fresh produce and ice cream on board. It's almost like having a real
light sabre or flying motorcycle - take my word for it. Think about it -
being able to walk 3 steps and have a cold drink, or Klondike bar. Magic.
I had supper with Scott and Pam and it was great. A salad with blackened
chicken. Extraordinary blackened chicken. I am so full I feel like the
snake that ate a whale. I forgot about our plans and ate 2 tuna
sandwiches just before supper.
|Monday, May 23, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
|Got an early start and sanded the foam epoxied to the
lid into smooth, tapering sides with rounded corners.
When we got back in the late afternoon, I added all the
screws needed tothe lid hinge and cleaned and epoxied
the top side of the lid. Not much for boat work done
today, but a little socializing and checking Marine
Surplus for material made it a worthwhile use of a day.
The last few structures and details inside the boat are
gelling in my head. I must also remember there are a
few minor repair details I should attend to prior to the
trip North, most notably, the leaking center cockpit
locker allowing rainwater to drip onto the engine. Next
would be the inadequate cockpit side locker drains.
None of these lockers are watertight and I still haven't
thought of a way to make them so. I will someday, I'm
Last of the maintenance items is the bilge dryer pump.
It is a sore spot I want resolved.
|Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Paul is now only a dozen days away from retirement. I expect to hear from Espin and Babs sometime soon and the next stages
(after Volker and Marcia) of the migration back to Panama City will be coming up. It just occurred to me I will have to scour the
local Thrift shops for a backpack or overnight bag suitable for an airline carry-on bag for the trip North. The trip will last five days
and I'll be traveling light, for sure.
|I have somehow managed to leave the forward edge of the foam 1/2 inch shy of the side of the box. Not a problem. An easy fix.
Meanwhile, this is as close as the lid comes to closing. Also, not a problem. I'll start the sanding and fitting process soon and
guarantee a successful end. As far as the gap on the right, I'll either install a 1/2 inch strip of wood to the box or foam to the lid.
Since dragging the lid in and out of the boat is a serious chore, the fitting will take place below. I have epoxied the hinge into
rigor mortis and will lube and exercise it a little to loosen it up.
|And there you go, next thing you know, the lid fits and it's
installed. There is more to do, and I'll do it, but right now I'm
going to take a breath and clean up some. And post this.
There is still a great deal to do on the boat and work is
progressing nicely. I may be at a 'hold' point on the icebox.
There are a number of things I either need as supplies or
decisions concerning finish or configurations of the freezer
and compressor. I'll shift from the reefer to the cooktop area
now and get other things going until the first of June, when I
can buy more supplies. One item I need is more of the bright
white tint for the epoxy so I can coat the interior of the reefer
in a hard, white shell making it bright and easily cleaned. This
feature worked out well in Espin's. Another thing I'd like to do
is to cut one screwhole off the lid hinge and stagger they
hinge one inch so I can completely re-install it in all new
holes. It is misaligned by about 3/32 of an inch and it annoys
me. I'd like to pick up a tap (I chucked all the old, rusty ones)
and change to machine screws where the hinge attach's to the
|bottom of the electrical panel. One last thing I want is a can of low expansion insulating foam to complete the installation of the
|Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Work has already begun on a couple of items. One is the removal of the unused aft water tank crossover fill plumbing and the
other is the foam blocks to be used for blocking off those access hatches.
|Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The work on the rear cabin and both fuel tank storage areas progressed yesterday. I had to crawl inside the starboard storage and
secure the tank with an aft movement preventer like the one I put on the starboard tank during the trip to Marathon last year.
The remainder of the tank plumbing and mounting hardware for the defunct aft starboard water tank was removed and the
wiring running athwartship through both storage areas and the engine room were re-secured with a new type hanger I worked
up. The two foam blocks were cut to size and installed in the openings and the scrap foam and old plumbing were all disposed of.
|If these items were to be seen, I probably would have used the black thread, but since they will always be out of sight, I used a
much cheaper - but just as string - brown thread I got at Marine Surplus years ago. The outside flat piece was stapled on first,
then sewn. With the unit pushed into the hole, it's a little loosey goosey, but the Velcro and final layer of off-white headliner will
hole the edges flat and greatly improve the appearance.
|Thursday, June 2, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
We wake today to a beautiful, clear sky and slightly cooler temperatures. First order of business was to pay the rent, package and
stow the Sailrite, and package and stow the various 'sewing' extras, such as webbing, threads, zippers and random materials. I'm
still in the middle of this project as it included clearing out the cockpit and sorting and tossing a bunch of stuff. Falcon is
presently a mess inside and out.
|Both the cockpit and cockpit locker drains need work, and I would
love to find a way to stop the leaking on the cockpit locker lids. I'm
beginning to think I should seal the lids permanently shut and just
put large oval openings in the sides to store the life jackets. As they
are, they make such perfect bug environments, vermin from as far
away as South America book vacations there. Non-English
speaking vermin. So they just stare at you when you tell them to
Much headway was made aboard Falcon today. The single aft water
tank was re-plumbed to the deck fill - not an easy chore, but
completed as though it had been. All the tools, material and sewing
stuff were organized, packed and stowed. Several bags of scrap
foam and material were sorted and tossed out. I addressed the little
details on the Hooka needing attention - the rubber feet and
broken yellow rubber piece on the second stage of the regulator.
The regulator alone would cost almost as much as I paid for the
entire unit to replace, so it'll be just fine for a while.
|The rubber feet are a little harder to fix, but much cheaper. I got a lot more done in the way of little details - like installing the
last 3 speakers in the saloon and wrapping and packing all the webbing I save for use all around the boat.
|Friday, June 3, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
The freezer has to be installed today, as well as the compressor. I am also redistributing the weight in the aft lockers to
compensate for the missing water tank. While a list is all but undetectable from outside, water in the sink and the head door
swinging shut unless held tells the tale. I have to top up all the tanks right now to trim the storage.
The tanks are topped up and I still can't tell because the current is slamming against the keel so hard every boat in the marina is
heeling. All the empty jugs - 5 diesel and 2 water - are now in the port side fuel tank storage and other things will be placed in the
other side. For now, I'm considering storing the extra life jackets, and other things once held in the cockpit storage, in extra sail
bags in the starboard fuel tank storage. They will not be as convenient, but also not be as subject to wetness and mold. I am
finding certain things I can store there without worry - the plastic jug with the rigging tar, a gallon of antifreeze, 2 gallons of
motor oil, empty plastic jugs for used motor oil, the dockside water hose and other waterproof things like that.
|Saturday, June 4, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Another beautiful day. Scott got back last night and we went over my installation of the freezer into the icebox. It hits the lid
when I close it, so I have to move it one more little bit, down and toward the front of the box. The tubing is all insulated with
materials Scott gave me and is now coiled against the white panel against the hull. I'll finalize that bit once the compressor is
mounted and the lines are connected. I hope the system can still work. Fingers crossed.
|Insulating these lines was more awkward than it might look. I would normally try to do the final wrap much neater than what
you see, but the foam tape is extremely sticky and lifting it off to reset it only results in damage to both the tape and the foam
tubing. My fear of kinking the lines and ruining a $1400 refrigeration system added to the tension, but when all was said and
done, the tubing was sturdier than I thought and survived without a problem.
|Recently, every day brings a new pile of stuff on the bunk. One day soon these irritating heaps will all be stowed where they
belong. For now, it prevents my taking too many breaks during the day and results in more progress toward the completion of
the interior. Todays beginning mission is the cleaning of the desk and the assignment of all that various industrial waste to it's
designated spot. Once this is under control, I need to get the freezer relocated and the compressor mounted.
|Sunday, June 5, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
I went to work on Falcon, prepping the icebox for work. I got screws and a 1/4-20 tap from Ace hardware, then joined them all in
West marine, where I discovered the same screws I just bought in Ace Hardware would have been about 40% cheaper in West. I
also took a bite in ass on the tap, but had little choice there. I bought 100 of a similar screw at West and comforted myself in
ending the incessant scrounging through a small bucket of odd fasteners aboard Falcon.
|Thursday, June 16, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
'Must happen' projects include: 1 - repair of the Autohelm 6000 control head. 2 - completion of the reefer and refrigeration
system. 3 - construction of the last structures around the cook top.
I will be setting up the table to prepare for the Autopilot work in the morning. I have also prepared the reefer for the next
projects, and I'll do my trip laundry now that I have soap and bleach.
|Friday, June 17, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
I struggled with the Autopilot, but have the first regulator installed and the unit is ready to be installed and tested. I don't have
high hopes. I little unforeseen difficulty in the soldering caused extra time and the possibility of a fried regulator. At least I had
the foresight to order 2 of the units. If this trial doesn't work, I'll give it one more shot with the other regulator and call it a day.
|There is the unpackaged circuit board and above and to the right, held down with the screw and nut, is the suspect - the L487
regulator. I would make a sinister remark about it, but I don't even know for sure if it's the problem. So naturally, I ordered 2 of
them. Either way, I take 2 shots at it, then fall back to alternate strategies.
On the left, the unit is all cobbed together and waiting for a chance to show how it still won't work.
I got the lid out on the dock this morning and did a little trimming on the 4 sides. Tomorrow I'll glass and epoxy it and epoxy the
interior of the box with the white tint. When it goes back together this time, it will be the last time. Well, for now. Once the
compressor is mounted and wired, Scott will service it and the system might even work.
|Saturday, June 18, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Work on the icebox is also in progress and my one low water tank is filled.
A long and involved test of the autopilot - including some rewiring inside the control head - resulted in 'life' in the control head,
but zero control or 'boot' of the system. The control head is junk and will soon learn to fly - one short mission into the dumpster.
I'll keep it just long enough to be sure I don't need any parts - in the event I can locate a replacement. If THAT is not possible, I'll
just need to save for a newer autopilot head and computer. Prices right now for the two items run about $2000.
I made good headway on the lid, damn near bled to death cutting my hands on exposed screw points while getting the reefer
drain installed. Below are shots of the box and lid. I added another piece of wood to the right side of the reefer rim. It fills the
void I somehow made when doing the foam under the lid and providentially makes a much large seal surface. The lid comes
about 3/4 of an inch away from the bulkhead. I'll be installing a strip of teak molding there to fill the gap, but I wanted to be sure
there could be no interference between the lid and the bulkhead, or any molding I decided to use in the bulkhead opening. The
top surface of the rim got a smooth coat of thickened epoxy to make for a good seal area. The excess mixture went outside and
was spread on the foam to fill voids prior to coating with glass. That will be done tomorrow.
I asked RJ if I could borrow a vice and the plastic sawhorses to help with the work. He brought them right away. The vice made
making some small, trick parts possible. More on those later - it is a project for the 110 volt wiring still in the development stage -
soon to be resolved.
|Monday, June 20, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
Yesterday was a little weird in that I worked for a bit in the morning and never really felt much like doing anything else. I am all
over the place this morning - working on the AC electrical distribution project, the icebox, this Log and various other things. I
have to keep pressing to reach a point where I can make a short list of things needing to be completed before I leave. It is the
only way I will know whether or not I'll be here through July.
|I am just stopping and the reefer is almost completely done.
The lid is installed correctly, including the spring 'strut' holding it open. The compressor is installed and connected. The AC
outlet above the coils is wired and installed. All that is left is the fiberglassing of the lid, squirting the foam in the passage for the
tubes, making the entire interior white, and servicing the compressor. I will attack all these things tomorrow.
I'm going to come up with one latch, bolt, or hook to secure one corner of the lid. There is just a bit of a gap in one corner and
this will cure it. I should heat up and seal the drain tube also. Anyway, it's almost done.
|Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
|Okay, how many things did I say needed to be done today? I'll check back. Okay, the drain tube is done, the foam is done, and the
lid is glassed. I added some of the white tint to the epoxy for glassing the lid. The thing is, the West 206 hardener gets red as it
ages, and mine is very, very old. It looks like I may end up with a pink interior instead of white. Worse things have happened. I'll
call it Florida Coral.
Once the lid cures, it will get sanded and receive at least one more coat of tinted epoxy. At the same time, I'll begin tinting the
interior of the box. The foam is growing now and will need 8 hours to cure completely. Four-thirty is my target time for
beginning the interior tinting. Meanwhile, I should get busy installing the AC electric service into the panel.
|Scott brought over his stuff and vacuumed the system for half an hour or so, then serviced it and I hooked up the power. It
started and ran beautifully and quietly. What a machine. We allowed it to run for about 5 hours - drawing practically no current -
then I shut it down and removed all the stuff. I wiped out the box and tried to dry it - we'd done all this with the lid out on the
dock - and when I thought it was dry, I started sanding the lid outside and applied the first coat of whitened epoxy over the
fiberglass. I then applied the first coat to the inside of the box. Some of the box was still wet and it took some doing, but it's not a
problem. I'll add more inside the box and probably one more coat to the lid. The box needs at least two more coats. The project is
almost done. The close up above of the freezer/cold plate is coated with frost. Cool, huh?
|Inside the box needs lots more white and work, but the lid is looking pretty good. One more coat will fix it. I guess it's not too
pink. I'll lock it so no one knows. Or maybe I just won't care.
|Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
First thing this morning, the lid and interior of the reefer get their final coats of whitened epoxy. I may use up the very last of my
last 5 gallon jug of West epoxy. I have probably used 50 gallons of the stuff on Falcon. It's the end of an era - the end of my
always having West Epoxy ready at hand. Thank God. I am so sick of being sticky.
|A good, heavy coat of tinted epoxy has already been applied to both the lid and the box. By noon, I expect to be able to mix one
last batch, using all the rest of the tint and most of the epoxy resin remaining. One other small item left to coat with the epoxy is
the newly built mount for the compressor. (Almost forgot - it needs to be 'sweat-proofed'.) Naturally, I got a smattering of sticky
goo on me one more time, and am braced for the final trip down Sticky Lane at noon, but don't be alarmed - I see the light at the
end of the tunnel.
In the picture above on the left, you can see the circuit breakers all set in the panel. They are there to help sort out the AC wiring
I am presently working on. I'm making up the wires and installing the terminal strips and wire handling clips. It's all moving
forward quickly now.
|Last coat of epoxy and last pictures of the reefer and lid. They are not pink. Listen to my voice - your eyes are getting heavy - they
are not 1967 Frigidaire Pink and these are not the droids you are looking for. Rats. They're pink. Oh, well. If anyone notices I'll
simply tell them it's a classic Frigidaire item worth a fortune. Actually, it is. If I'd been working for a dollar an hour I could have
bought a Porsche.
I am now working straight ahead on the AC wiring. I can't do anything dusty in the aft cabin until this epoxy sets. By the way, I
did the compressor mount in epoxy as well.
|Thursday, June 23, 2011 - Seafood Shack Marina - Cortez, Florida
I guess I let some of the freon to escape when disconnecting the hoses from the reefer the other day. The system is running, but
not well. It only gets down to 48 or 50 degrees. Scott wanted to jump right on it last evening, but I knew he had a trip to
Gainesville today, so I told him we'd get to it on Friday when he got back.
The reefer is cavernous. I went shopping and got some stuff and put it inside. It looked like a smudge on the bottom of the reefer.
I may have to put some shelves or buns or something inside. It doesn't keep the food cold enough just now, but it's better than
my usual mold farm on the counter.
|Last evening when Scott and I were fussing with the reefer, I accidentally fired this shot with the camera - holding it improperly.
I have been using the colored neon bulbs inside the boat at night and had the blue one in last night. It made for an unusual and
On the right is a brand new water filter and ten spare elements for it. It will make for excellent drinking water aboard Falcon.
Below left is the work on the AC distribution panel. I'll be getting right back to it after posting this Log. On the right is a hasp I'm
trying out as a latch for the reefer lid. It needs to be held down right in that corner, I'm thinking this isn't quite the right idea,
though it does work.