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Whew! Summer Just FLEW By!

Low & behold…it’s already the end of August!

I haven’t posted since June – just enjoying the summer, doing boat projects, sailing (not NEAR enough of that…more later), learning about the boat and it’s little idiosyncrasies, and general hanging out.

Where to start? Well, George replaced a number of the hatches. The porthole windows & hatches were badly crazed from the extreme heat & sun of Florida, so 5 hatches were replaced. P1000159 Here’s a pic of how they all look. The hatches are now nice & clear –  we were concerned with safety if a lot of weight were placed on them. The portholes will just have to wait.

 

 

 

 

 

We found that the salon table can be set down to a lower position. Salon As Xtra BedA custom cushion could be made to convert the space into additional sleeping accomodations.  We doubt that ever will be an issue, but it’s nice to know it’s possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

George removed the wood trim around the companionway & refinished it.  Companionway Wood TrimSo now we have nice, freshly finished wookwork, as the finish was quite worn & shabby looking before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also drained all 4 of our water tanks.  Galley Sole TankWe were able to clean 2 of the tanks of the sludge that remained. The other 2 were just so much of a hassle to acess that we didn’t clean them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A connector broke where the water lines all converge, so until that is replaced, we don’t have running water.  Water Lines - Aft Port CabinSo I’ve had a crash course in water conservation! It’s amazing how little water I can get by with for cooking, dishwashing, etc. Not even really that big an inconvenience! A few gallon water bottles filled from the dock water line, some bottled water for drinking/cooking  & we’re all set for the weekend.

I sorta told George that as we have such a small amount of time to enjoy the boat, we should do just that, and leave projects for when it’s colder. So projects have become less of a priority…manana, as they say south of the border!

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While we’ve been waiting for the bottom to be painted, so we could launch, so we could put up the mast,  so we could put up the sails (whew), we’ve been making some changes aboard Outrageous.

Salon

I came down one day to find the settee removed from the salon! After discussing the pros & cons we decided that it opened the space up so much, and that we would get 2 chairs to replace the seating. Perhaps ‘director’s chairs’ which can be folded away.

Salon TV

George also suprised me with a new flat panel TV, which he mounted in the salon. Along with it, a DVD player. He has these installed , along with an HD antenna. 

While he was at it, he added an iPod connection to the radio mounted in the nav station.  So now we can listen to the iPod on the cabin stereo system. It also charges the iPod as when it’s plugged in, so no need to bring a charger. I’ts great!

Storage Compartment

Purchased some transparent storage bins with latching hinges.  I’m sure we’ll fill this quickly…when you’re used to a house, condensing your life into something this size will take some getting used to!

We had an impromptu cookout yesterday on the lawn adjacent to our slip. Folks got a 1st look at the boat, and several were pressed into service assisting George install the jib sail. A friend and I sat up on a picnic bench & watched the proceedings –  enjoying a day that I wasn’t working, but just doing hostessing duties for a change!

So now, it seems, we are ready to sail! Next step is to get some lessons under our belt.

We were able to get Outrageous in the water Friday! Fred, the kindly fellow in charge of the boatyard, got us to our slip as we weren’t really all that enthused about taking her ourselves! He got her backed into the slip & we got her secured in place. She looks right at home…it’s a great location!

S/V Outrageous

Molly was there to assist on Saturday – what with all the tidying, figuring out systems, etc, her help was invaluable!

Outrageous & Molly

As I said, our location is great…straight up the ramp to the parking lot. We thought we’d like to be right in the midst of things…as newbies, we’ll have lots of opportunities to meet our neighbors. It’s also right next to a lovely little park area with trees & a tiny beach & picnic tables…all at our doorstep.  It’s so easy to take Molly over to the lawn for a moment – really just 20-30 feet or so! And the parking lot is right there as well. No schlepping stuff over long distances.

SV Outrageous At Home

A neighbor commented as he walked past ‘Think you’re missing something’.  Yeeaaah…..don’t have the mast up yet. They put up the mast AFTER it’s in the water…so, again we’re waiting. But at least waiting with the gentle movement of the water to lull us into complacency!

Before the boat went into the water, George had to finish painting the spots where the  boat was ‘up on blocks’. Then it had to sit for 4 hours before going in the water.  I took that time to clean the cockpit, and all the deck. There’s been quite a bit of dust, as the drydock is gravel.

After we were settled in our slip, I continued with stitching the Captain’s red wheel cover. About 5/8ths of it is complete. Not nearly as hard on my hands as I thought…only 2 fingers have to be taped for protection.

I broke up the task by doing a little more cleaning below.  I had brought CLR to attempt to clean all the faucets & drains. See http://www.shopclr.com/

clr

The faucets were very bad…I really wanted to  buy new ones, but decided to try cleaning them before making a purchase. Let me tell you…that CLR not only removed the green yuk & the white scale, but also seemed to remove the ‘bumps’ or ‘pits’ I was attributing to deteriorating chrome finish.  It really does look like I replaced the old ones!

George just let me know that the mast & rigging is scheduled to go up on Thursday. Here’s hoping….seems that with a boat it’s always  ‘island time’… even if you’re still a land-lubber in Cleveland!

So, George decided he wanted a red leather wheel cover. And who better to complete the task than the resident seamstress/jack of all trades? He purchased a wheel cover kit and brought the kit & wheel to the store, where I sit behind the counter at my desk sewing the cover in place.

Some workshop!

This is NOT a quick or relaxing chore. It’s hard on the hands.  Although the leather has been pre-punched, it takes a fair amount to push the needle thru the holes, and even more pulling to tauten the cord properly.  It has approx. 800 holes…my fingers will be a lot stronger by the time this little project is completed!! (Hope we have a good supply of the ol’ Ibuprophen!)

Sewing the wheel cover

We’ve been re-purposing the port aft cabin as a storage room. We didn’t want to rip out the existing, but merely add storage accomodations. If we find that in the future we need it as a cabin, there would be only minor removal to make it fit as sleeping quarters.

Cushion Storage Shelf

Shelf Aft Wall Mounts

Shelf Floor Bracket

PVC pipe shelf to hold cockpit cushions.

 Refrigerator

We added a standard 3.3 cf  ‘dorm’ refrigerator. This will give us additional cold storage space when docked with shore power. George fastened it to the wall with metal straps screwed in place. He leveled it with plywood, painted black & screwed in place.

I, on the other hand, busied myself stripping the seal (and associated goo, residue & dirt) around the companionway stairs. We then applied a new foam seal. Also, we’re currently sanding & varnishing some areas around and in the companionway, as well as the stairs.

This was done while waiting for decent weather. We needed to scrape, sand & bottom paint. But a week plus of threatening weather delayed that project. 

George completed the sanding & painting last night, so now we’re waiting for the marina to get us in the water! After she’s in the water, we’ll get the mast up & rigged. This wait has been interminable. It’s been over 5 weeks and it seems like an eternity!!

Molly made her 1st appearance on ‘Outrageous’ this weekend. There was a bit of apprehension, but with a little coaxing, she managed to make herself at home.

Molly On Board

She’s made acquaintance with a couple of the regular dogs, and had a run-in with a pair of  big guys who were a bit too exuberant in greeting her. But she held her own and let them know their wet advances weren’t appreciated!

Molly's Nose

Working My Way Down The Steps

George re-applied pinstriping to the sides of the boat and this week we’re supposed to have the hull spot sanded and bottom paint put on. THEN with a few more things to do, we should be able to get her in the water & the mast put up!!!

As a land based home owner, I haven’t had much experience with cleaning stainless steel. Our home just doesn’t have that much to contend with. And the environment is a dry one, not needing much maintenance.  But on our boat it seems that everywhere I turn there’s stainless steel or chrome that needs polishing or rust removed. (Don’t kid yourself – stainless steel WILL rust. How much depends on the quality)

I found an spray product left by the former owners made specifically for stainless. It did nothing.  So, I thought ‘what removes rust from steel?’ Well, I’ve heard Naval Jelly is a rust removal product. Yeah…if you leave it sit for 20 minutes or more, repeated applications may be needed. Nope…too much to do &  too little time to devote to this. Research on the internet did little but find more products that must sit and work for a lengthy period.

So, back to my kitchen for the home-maker’s solution…Barkeepers Friend.  ( http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/)  Let me tell you that a green kitchen scrubby & Barkeeper’s Friend worked fast, with little mess, and removed almost every bit of surface rust on every place I used it.  Don’t bother with those specialty marine products…a waste of money, far as I’m concerned!

The Work Continues

We’ve been spending all our free time working on the boat.

For me, this means the task of cleaning and sorting. Although there was little in the way of  the former owner’s dirt, I scrubbed every surface, took measurements of any areas I thought I would add storage bins, rugs, hanging mesh storage, etc.  There was an amazing amount of ‘stuff’ the prior occupants had left: from galley items to tools to chemicals of all sorts, cruising guides & old magazines, ropes and an odd assortment of spare parts. This all had to be gone thru and either tossed or added to our own inventory and stowed.

For George, this has meant removing the pinstriping from the hull and cleaning the remaining residue. He enlisted the help of our computer tech…a 25 year old is far better up on a ladder than George, and has a lot more stamina!  He’s gotten the bimini in place, and has removed all the hatches. They are terribly crazed and must be replaced. We shipped them off to a company that replaces the ‘glass’. In the meantime, the hatches have been covered with duct tape, with fingers crossed that the weather won’t be too wet! 

He’s set up the vinyl cutter at the house so he can make the pinstriping to replace the old ones. This weekend forecast calls for warm, sunny weather. We hope he’ll be able to get it made & will be able to get the vinyl applied. I plan to work the store so he can have both Friday & Saturday to work on it, and Sunday we’ll both be able to spend time at the marina.

We have decided to use the port aft cabin as a ‘walk in’ storage room. So for the present, all our goodies are residing there. The starboard aft cabin is currently the receptacle for our sails, rigging, and equipment that will be attached to the mast.  I haven’t brought any of our own things to the boat yet. I’m going to wait until the boat is in the water before beginning to move in. No sense in hoisting things up 8′ to the cockpit.  We’ll just wait til we can just pass them across from the dock.

Here’s hoping for a sunny & productive weekend for getting the boat ready for the summer!!