Hydraulic Wire Crimping Tool

 We went to Harbor Freight today and picked up a Hydraulic Wire Crimping Tool and a pair of wire cutters and some long wire ties and a screw driver. Harbor Freight is the men’s  toy store. Debbie was with me and she has been there before. She likes the place also.

Phone: 619-425-5127

I am modeling - Tool time!

 The tools are for the anchor windlass cables. They are 2 AWG cables. They are 27 feet long and rated to carry the loss for the length of the cable. I was not sure how the system was going to work out at the time we bought the cables. The batteries and most of the cables and buses are installed fuse etc.  so now that the battery setup is close to being finished we can see that the cables for the windlass need to be shortened.

The length grew with the battery to fuse cable then the fuse to  bus cable and the positive side. That added length.
 On the negative side the battery to buss cable added a few feet.
The windlass cables have at least a few feet each that can be cut off and still reach fine.
If the cables are too long for their size they will drop too much electricity along the way (loss) and starve the windlass motor of need electricity shorting its life and the amount of power it can produce.
Before, the windlass cables went right to the batteries as we did not have anything else installed (buses , fuses etc.).
So the cables from the windlass need to be cut shorter. Problem is the cables we have already snaked all the way to the bow through cabinet’s two hanging lockers and behind drawers and behind the vanity in the head etc. They are secured and have other wires tied to them etc. So rather than rip them out, take them to the chandlery and do the work (cut and crimp new ends using their tolls) and then re-snake them through the boat we decided to buy the Hydraulic Wire Crimping Tool. The wire size is on the edge of its range so we brought a cable end we purchased at Downwind Marine, a nice one. At the store we tried fitting it and it seemed to fit in the largest die fine so we bought it.
Online the reviews said it was sized for cables (like rigging wire) so for doing battery cables it was a bit smaller. It did seem to fit fine though.
We also got a cutter for cheap.

We will sell the crimper on eBay of Craig’s list when we are done with it.
It is about half the price of a crimping tool that goes to 4 AWG like the ones at West Marine that you can use in store, at least in the Point Loma store.

Teak and Holy shade of color

Possibly we can go with Owen to pick out the teak and Holy sole.
We will take some water and a rag as it is said that if you swipe the wood with a wet rag it will show what the teak will look like when varnished.

Food storage

The food storage on our 1978 Freeport is under the companionway stairs. As you can see the pasta container there has plenty of head room and it is over a foot high. Lots of space in this one compartment.
This is one space we will be adding a LED lights.

Under bottom stair - huge storage space

Under bottom stair in back

Under middle satir - big storage are

Under middle stair

Middle storage area

Under top step is for winch handles and interocular

The space needs to be seal up and we are working on that

Third Teak and Holy deck quote

Amador’s Marine Woodworks
3650 Hancock St.
San Diego
Shop 619 294 3954
$2270.00 materials
$6000.00 labor

The bidding process

The bidding process,

 We got bids from a variety of places.
Our budgeted price for the project was $4000.00 dollars.
We are not in any real hurry although we would like to get the deck in right after the engine goes in, but we can wait.
If we could not find a bidder below $4000.00 we would wait till we go to Mexico and get it done. We will be in Mexico in less than two years or we could just take a sail to Ensenada and have it done.

All the bidders seemed like they were nice guys. A couple I am not sure if they would have done the work or subbed it out or had the shop employee do it.
We did not want to pay for the store overhead or a fancy truck etc. We never did see what they drove but you get the idea.

As in our dodger we had a man who I think worked from his house in Kearny Mesa. For instance we got a bid for the hand rails on the dodger frame from a store front shop in Point Loma. The price was more than what we paid for our whole dodger frame with those two side handles and a large aft handle.

Most of the cost is labor.
 We figured there were a few marine carpenters or shipwrights out there that would be in our price range and we would have looked for another month or so before giving up, tiring of it.

As it is we do not need to keep looking. This is hard on us and now we are happy with our choice.
 We chose Owen for the job. He is a dock mate and we have seen him around for some years now. He gets great reviews from fellow dock mates and his wooden boat looks great.

He seems easy to get along with and knowledgeable. He can walk to our dock from his and we will not be around micromanaging the job.

It seems a win win and $3415.00 is still a big chunk of change.  Just because a couple bids were high does not mean that this one is low. Some of these shops work for large pocket owners. The owners call in from Arizona and want a teak deck in their galley and write a check, then write it off.  Dodgers are a lot the same with a lot of owners never doing more than calling and placing the order.
We are in the position of choice as we can wait till we get to Mexico if need be on some items like the deck or dodger but on others we needed to get it done here. Our bow rollers needed to get refitted here. We did not want to use the old setup in Mexico till we could get them done there.
Our bottom job we are waiting until we get to Mexico before we have it done.
The same thing applies to the upholstery on our boat. It is 32 years old and we have been using it for two years. We are at our boat a lot and it would be nice to get it replaced. Again we were originally going to do this ourselves but have decided to have it done. We wanted to take an upholstery class but just cannot take the time from work to do it. So we can wait till Mexico but will try to get an upholstery shop to do it. Our boat mates never went to a marine shop they simply brought their trawler cushions to an upholstery shop and got it done. They look great. Not sure what fabric they used.
 If we were to keep looking, we might even find a lower bid however we are comfortable with our choice.  A high bid does not always equate to the quality of the job.
In another year or so we will be living on this boat until I am gone from this earth.  While a deck is not a necessary item it is something we see from almost anywhere on the boat. Our windows are in fine condition so there is no real need to spend there. I admit if there is some wiggle room we may replace them with the glass type but not likely.  We would not think twice of putting in wood floors in our house so why  here, this is more than a day sailor to us.
 Now granted we could try to do the work ourselves but if it is going to take a skilled shipwright two to three weeks how long would it take us to do it part time and learn as we go? I will not bore you with our list of ongoing projects – let’s just say no time for that one. Can we also say stress? How much can a couple do and as you all know it takes a toll on us both.

ClickClak containers

We ordered a bunch of ClickClak containers for a canister set on the boat from amazon.com. We have tried several types and like these best. They are air tight and keep the moisture out. The tops do not get goober up with the stuff inside.

For instance we tried these for coffee creamer. The gaskets on the lit got all cruded up with coffee Cramer. Hard to clean etc. They are good for packaged goods.

Water water but where from?

If you look closely at this pic you can see what looks like a scupper in the ply wood and a scupper type of path in the fiberglass. Got to look into the paint.
 What is happening is when it rains we are getting water from this spot that drains to the very upper bilge then to the under engine bilge then to the lower bilge.. A lot, like a couple inches in the lower bilge.
We have looked all over the starboard side of the boat while it is raining and do not see where the water would be coming from.
At first we thought it was from the mast but now that the engine is out it is clear to us that this in not from the mast.
Debbie filled the water tanks and then painted the bilge. It took several hours to paint the bilge and then we hung out for a while and so foth. Not a drop of water in the bilge. So we are thinking it is not the water tank.
 We can let the boat sit for days and if there is no rain the bilge stays dry.
  We will test it out by re-filling the water tanks to max then with no rain let it sit for a few days.

Hooks and such

We decided to put up some hooks in the head. We did not want to have them in the way. We waited until we used the head a bit before we decided where to put them. As it stands now, one will go by the shower head and another under the shelf.  The two prong one will go by the shower head.
 We got them when we bought the shower hardware, they are from the same "collection". They are from Kohler.
The soap dish is likely next and hopefully last!
We decided not to put any on the back side of the head door. It is too close to the toilet and we figure you may crack your head in a sea way on the hook.

Window shade screens

Here is Debbie working on the window shad screens.  Big job, lots of are to cut with scissors and sew etc.
 Debbie is make two at the same time!

companion way hatch sliders

Finally got another coat of varnish on the companion way hatch sliders. That is just coat three.
It is the rain and all the other projects that are stalling this one. Plus it now gets dark at about 4:30 PM!

Under shower grate

In anticipation of putting down the varnished shower grate we cleaned up under where it goes. It was really dirty. Had lots of old varnish drips and general dirt, trash and well I am not going to through myself under the buss any more. Let’s just say it took a while to clean up.
 There is a rubber plug in the drain but it was a little t0o little too late as the saying goes. It is clogged up from all my trash. Another project.
Looks good though!
 We have not bothered to bring down the grate to the boat as it has been raining and we have been lugging other stuff back and forth. Soon though.

Teak grain matching

Got the new piece of teak from:

C.S. Ferguson (Shane)
Custom Woodworking
1095 Scot Street
San Diego Ca
Shop 619 224 7544

 The grain looks much close to what the bulkhead is.
Now to teak oil it up so it will match the shade closer then wash it with TSP and then put abut 5 coats of varnish on it to catch up with the bulkhead. 
Then install it.

Bulkhead grain
As you can see the new piece matches the grain of the bulkhead much better 
Just call me anal Chip!

Third quote for Teak and holy deck

We got another quote today.
$2270.00 materials
$6000.00 labor

We think this is a bit high.
A nice man and seems he would do quality work.
Amador’s Marine Woodworks
3650 Hancock St.
San Diego
Shop 619 294 3954

Hard to imagine with this little piece hugh?

Got the shower curtain

Debbie and I went to Bed Bath and Behond the other day. We picked up a shower curtain for the boat. It is the same one we have at home that we like. It is the hookless type and sits on a curved rod. 
Debbie will modify it to work on the boat.
Debbie is going to remove the circle holders, cut them out and the take what’s left of the top fabric and move it down and sew it onto the new top which will be right above the window. Then Debbie will sew on the strip of snaps that will allow it to hang on the hangers that go in the rod on the boat. You will see what we are talking about when it is done. I could help but this is a little delicate for my type of sewing.

We like the curtain because:
  • The top part of the curtain is see through making the bath are seem bigger and giving the shower lots of light.
  • 100% polyester fabric. 
  • Machine washable and dryable. 
  • Water repellent 
  • Sheer window allows light in your shower and creates feeling of extra space. 
  • Includes 100% Peva liner- eco friendly and antimicrobial.

Port window shade screen

Debbie made a template of the port salon windows for a shade screen cover. We hate to put snap holes in the boat probably like everyone else but for saving the windows from UV rays it is worth it.  They are the major reason for the crazing and  a big source of heat in the boat. In Mexico we will be glad we did.
We got 70 percent sun block Sumbrella fabric from Keystone Bros.
They have 90 percent but it is a little much as it blocks the view a lot. We have a piece of 90 percent we can hang any where around the cockpit for sun protection and it is good for that. Of course we looked at a lot of boats to determine what they were using (Mexico vets).

Frost Hardwood Lumber Co

We went to Frost Lumber today looking at sheets of ½ plywood veneered with teak and holy. It was real light in color the 1/2 stuff.
  (858) 455-9060 · 6565 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92121

We also saw some ¼ plywood veneered with teak and holy and it was a darker color. We like the darker color. He said it was about 4-6 months old. That the ½ would darken up in a few months even if varnished.
Was wondering if this Is this the way it works?

¼ plywood veneered with teak and holy
¼ plywood veneered with teak and holy
1/2 plywood veneered with teak and holy

1/2 plywood veneered with teak and holy
This piece has a row of knots in it
 The placed is not like HD where you can walk around and finger everything. Here they walk you out to the yard and you can finger but only the items you want to look at.

 We asked about ¾ marine plywood. We wanted to purchase ½ sheet. They do not do sell by the half sheet.
We had gotten a sheet (4x8) at Dixieland Lumber a long time ago when doing the holding tank project. We used a  lot of it and gave a couple pieces to Hinze a dock mate.

They only get in what they decide to buy so next time I wanted a sheet they only had ½ which worked out fine for then. Now though we only need some small pices if 3/4 .
So the ½ veneered plywood teak and holy was $192.00 a sheet.
The ¼ plywood veneered  teak and holly was $168.00,
Course it is important in our case to get three or four sheets that match each other.

They had a book of different veneers and a banister assortment. Also moldings and other specialty stuff.