Sails washed,dried,folded and bagged

Beginning of May 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

 The sails got washed, dried and folded along with the stack pack. We took down the "Lazy Jacks" ourselves and washed them. 

We hired "Marine Services Mazatlan" to do the work. Of course this did not go smoothly. They came by and we explained what we wanted. We had sent them an email to explain each step of the process that we wanted done and had called before and explained what we wanted. They came by and washed the sails and as we were coming back from a trip to Home Depot they were leaving? They had furled the head sail and dropped the main into the "stack pack" dripping wet. So we had to pull the genoa out at the dock and let it dry. There was not much wind so we were lucky on that. Then we raised the main after the head sail was furled. All dried. Then .. Rick from "Marine Services Mazatlan" came by and said it was a mis-understanding?? At least one of the guys doing the work spoke English and we told him also exactly what we wanted done. 

 So they all came by the next morning and got the job done. Just the way it is sometimes. In Puerto Vallarta ... we had the same job done on the main sail and Jason from Argos Marine got it right the first time and charged a third less. 

Taking down the 130 Genoa and folding on the dock.

On some of our passages this cruising season we got some good spray over the bow. It would get salt water on the mast about ten feet up from the deck. Because we were at anchor for five months straight there was not easy way to clean it. Then get everything all salty again so we did the best we could like every year. We keep things polished and wiped off best we can. So you know the sails also got salt water sprayed. Now they are washed and dried for storage during hurricane season. It also helps to get the genoa off the Harken furler as it can come loose and beat itself to death in a storm while sitting at the dock.

Taking down the 130 Genoa and folding on the dock.

Now the main comes down, full battens and they are removed.

We had our sails made in San Diego from "Hyde Sails".

It seemed too hard to fold on the boat so....

...they brought it down to the dock to fold it.

Then the sail stack pack comes off and gets stored with the main sail in the bag.

OK job well done...they will get stored away out of the sun and rain.

Tied up in Marina Mazatlan

Marina Mazatlan -  End of April 2016

Here is s\v Elegant'sea as we are getting ready for summer in Marina Mazatlan. 

Starboard hand rail getting Cetol

Beginning of April 2016 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

 Yes it that time again - to redo the Sikkens Cetol (clear gloss) on the deck wood. That includes the hand rails and eye brows, cap rails, binnical mount and cockpit lazerett wood, to name most of the wood.The last time we did this was the summer of 2014 and the teak wood is still looking good. It has been exposed to the sun here since about 2 years. There is some water intrusion and a few bubbles from I think moisture is ether in the wood or what ever. We have not gotten to that area yet which is on the cap rail.

Debbie did the blue taping after I had sanded with #220 grit to rough it up 
and smooth out some ridges from last time we Cetoled.

Before Cetoling the hand rail.

Not hard doing this and kind of therapeutic here at anchor.

Only two coats and it's finished for another season!

Port scupper hose installed - all done

Beginning of April  2016 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

Now that the scupper/drain 3M 4000 UV sealant has dried, it's time to install the hose.  This side is easier since we already replaced the main cockpit drain hose several years ago.

This is the cockpit drain hose Debbie cut to insert the "Y".  It was a little challenging 
as there wasn't too much excess hose and the hull was "right" there!

Debbie in the lazarette....again!

Debbie is moving the Beta engine 2" water muffler exhaust hose out of the way.

"Y" is in-place.

This is next to the 3\4" propane locker vent thru-hull we installed previously.

Debbie is installing the hose to the scupper\drain from the "Y" to the deck.

Looking up to the deck inside the lazerett - 
this is the underside of the refer compressor. 

Debbie is connecting the 1 1\2" drain hose to the deck scupper\drain.

Almost done. The hose comes close the Frigoboat refer evaporator 
plate tubing. It does not come close enough to worry about and that is a relief.

"Y" is all done.

The "Y" with hoses attached and hose clamps tidy with "Clamp-aids"!

Drain hose heading up.

Deck scupper\drain with hose connected, all done.


Putting propane box back together.

Port scupper put in the deck

Beginning of April  2016 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

We used the same method for putting in the port scupper\drain as we did the starboard one.

The propane locker we took out as you can see 
and Debbie is removing the propane locker mounting brackets.

Debbie in the  port lazerett taking out the propne box brackets.

Out come the "L" propane locker support brackets .

The spot will be by the middle cap rail screw and in towards the center of the boat about 8".
The tubing is the evaporator plate for our Frigboat refer system.

Debbie put up some plastic sheeting to protect the refer from dust and debris.

The spot on the deck where we will put the drain.

Drilling the pilot hole.

Drilling the pilot hole.

Debbie holding up a piece of wood to protect the tubing 
or anything else while I drill the pilot hole.

Now to drill through with the hole saw.

We are at anchor and being careful with the hole saw.

Here we go.

Looking up at the hole.

A clean cut and no miss-steps.

The second hole cut from the deck.

Now we use the "Dremmel" tool and the "Hice" tool to create the chanfer.

Try a fit with the drain.

Getting close.

The "Hice" tool. 
So named because our son-in-law made this tool for us 
and his last name is Hice.

                                                   The "Hice" tool. video.

"Hice"  tool at work.

Another fitting and almost there.

Debbie clearing out the plastic sheeting. 
The drain is fit and ready to 3M 4000 UV in.

There it is.

Now for the 3M 4000 UV

Debbie working the 3M 4000 UV from the lazerett.

The scupper\drain is all in now. We wait 24 hours to connect to it with hoses.

Some clean up as I am a bit messy.

All done!

Debbie is all done in the lazrett!