DECKadence Marine Flooring






We think we are going to install some DECKadence Marine Flooring in the cockpit.


We are working on it.

http://marineflooring.net/

Bleeding the Perkins

06/30/10
A dock mate helped me bleed the fuel lines on the Perkins. We cheated and bleed them from the injectors. Was not really hard to do, a bit messy but worked out fine. I will find out if it can be done that way all the time. We used an electric fuel pump installed by the PO and the hand pump on the engine. Also turned the motor over several times with the throttle wide open.


Now on the Beta engine there is just a little valve you turn to bleed the fuel line and it is located on the right front of the motor where it is easy to get at. You get that for a measly $12,000 or so for a re-power

Cleaning up the hinges

So cleaning up the hinges on the head door is easier than I thought it was going to be. They have some varnish on them and they were very dark. I was thinking it would take even some sanding but did not want to scratch them up. We have tried some polish but it makes a mess and does nothing to remove the varnish that I slopped on them.


I used the red scratch pad that I use for scuffing up the varnish surface before each coat. Tips I got from David at Downwind Marine.

The scratch pad works great. It sheds a bit but some of the dust was all the crap on the hinge. I get it a little better I will put some polyurethane on it to keep it nice. So far that has worked on the other ones. I also just did the one on the laundry hamper. No varnish on it so it only took a few minuets. Blue tape and rub it to a shine! The polyurethane coating is still a test but has not failed to keep them nice so far, about six months.

Door latch re-install

Did not need to fix the door latch part on the door. Only need to loosen it. The latch should land on the door stop flat. Then tighten it.

Did more fill and drill on the door latch this weekend. Got it installed. Of course it is not 100 percent. Got the holes filled and sanded and painted. The color is close but not a match. The n re-installed the latch on the stoop. A piece of gel coat chipped off with one screw. The one that shows and so I will need to fill it. No big deal. After I go the top two screws in it I tried to drill the hole for the bottom one but the drill would not fit. I have an idea for that fix that I will try this week. It does work and will do the job oh holding the door. Drilling all three holes at once was too hard. You need to hold the latch in place then mark it and that was not easy.
Did more fill and drill on the door latch this weekend. Got it installed. Of course it is not 100 percent. Got the holes filled and sanded and painted. The color is close but not a match. The n re-installed the latch on the stoop. A piece of gel coat chipped off with one screw. The one that shows and so I will need to fill it. No big deal. After I go the top two screws in it I tried to drill the hole for the bottom one but the drill would not fit. I have an idea for that fix that I will try this week. It does work and will do the job oh holding the door. Drilling all three holes at once was too hard. You need to hold the latch in place then mark it and that was not easy.




It is much more of a pin in the ass than I realized having the head door flopping around without a latch. Need to time it so it can be done quickly. We put a couple small boxes on the floor to keep the door from flopping around That further reduced the floor space. Having to move them each time you need to use the toilet gets to be a pain.

Old water hose


These are the old water gauge hoses, as you can see they were getting hard to see the float inside.

Sunday did not go as planned

06/27/10
The test anchoring on Sunday did not go as planned, what’s new.


The plan:

Get up have some goodies like coffee and food. Sit around and chat. Remove canvas and start motor. Leave slip, go pump out and sail to la Play anchorage. Drop hook. Play guitar chat and read. The up anchor showing off all the new goodies. Dock and go back home - boo ho.

We left the slip motor purring and were heading to the lovely pump out station when the engine died. Oh no! OK a nuclear attack is worst but not much. After a quick chat we realized each thought the other had turned on the fuel. We then decide it was time for a check list. No despair, the wind was pushing us down the channel towards the pump out station and we had lots or some room on either side. We tried a few tricks like the electric fuel pump. No good. Hay the starting battery I just hooked up was and did work fine! All twenty five times, well a bunch that we tried it. So we sailed back up the channel with the jib and called, who else vessel assist. It was going to take 45 min so we decide the wind was favorable so why not sail back into the slip? Debbie took the helm and I took the jib sheet. We did great. Now our slip is for a 35’ boat and is about 6 inches wider than out boat. Not that easy to get into without bouncing around and maybe out. Debbie has been doing a lot of the docking and is been spot on when getting into the slip. She nailed it this time also. The dock master’s (can be a grumpy guy) sail boat is across from ours and you know there are a lot of ways to look bad on this one. Any way we did great and of course there was nobody looking. Now if we had had missed… there would have been a huge audience, just that’s the way it is. I wish we could have had a picture of us high fiving our first sail into the slip.
Also:
 We have a windward slip so that helps a lot. We have sailed into our slip a bunch with the Catalina 30 but the boat is smaller and lighter so easier to handle. Also we are just learning this boat so we would not have chosen to sail into the slip until we are better acquainted with the boat. As I said before a lot can go wrong and people can get hurt and or stanchions and bow pulpits can get bent etc. I just held onto the jib long enough to get into the slip. I almost did not power it enough to get into the slip. I let go of it and it started flapping around and then I walked to the bow ¾ up and stepped off onto our steps grabbing a bow line before leaving the boat. If we had not made that ten feet we would have been blown back into the boats across from us. It would have been ugly. Also if Debbie had not nailed the slip we would have been in trouble. For instance the boat next to us in stern in and has a bow pulpit sticking out or again we would have been blown into the other boats. Although it is a bit easier to backwind the main to stop. I think I like using the jib better. It seems we have more control over the speed of the boat while approaching. We now have a better handle on the boat. We also have finger piers on both sides of our boat at this marina.



Now for bleeding the Perkins 101 with a dock mate on Tuesday evening.

07/30/10
Last night I went to the boat and a dock mate helped me bleed the fuel lines on the Perkins. We cheated and bleed them from the injectors. Was not really hard to do, a bit messy but worked out fine. I will find out if it can be done that way all the time. We used an electric fuel pump installed by the PO and the hand pump on the engine. Also turned the motor over several times with the throttle wide open.

 Now on the Beta engine there is just a little valve you turn to bleed the fuel line and it is located on the right front of the motor where it is easy to get at. You get that for a measly $12,000 or so for a re-power

Our new anchor chain snubber.

Bow Windlass wires chafe

06/26/10
I finished the chafe protection on the windlass wires running to the house batteries and all the wire ties each six inches as recommended.

Starting battery wiring



Here is the starting battery secured in place but not wired

The starting battery was connected to a selector switch which you could chose to either turn it off or on. Meaning if it was off you could not start the boat from the cockpit toggle switch.


Here it is wired up
If it is on then you can. We disconnected it temporary and have it available to start the engine all the time. We will later use the selector switch to hook the starting battery to the house bank in case the starting battery dies.

Battery "dashboard"

Marina Cortez in San Diego Harbor Island 6\28\2010

Made up the “dashboard” for the house batteries mostly built and in place. I still need to re-enforce the middle a bit as it can move a bit back and forth. Probably not a problem but I do not want it to vibrate and then loosen the wires like on my old Harley. The we will pain it and it will be to go for mounting the equipment. Got a some teak from the Chula Vista swap meet that I used for the end pieces and ½ inch plywood for the center piece. Could of like ¾ but did not have any. Also ¾ would have been a tight fit, would have maybe needed to remove the batteries to get it in and the local store (Dixieline only one around who sells marine plywood and only by the sheet) only caries on size at a time. Last time I bought a sheet it was about $70.00 and ½ and the time before it was ¾. So a bit of bracing will do the trick.
FYI
 We are using 4/0 cables because we have (not yet hooked up) a Xantrax 2000 watt charger inverter. Same Raferty got and installed in the same location. I chose the location because we will be heading south and I did not want the heat coming into the boat. It is behind the nav station and can be vented to the lazertt. Also if using the invert-er the second fan can kick in making more noise. The run to the batteries is recommended to be no more than 10’ or you start to loose efficiency. Most installs over 8’ use 4/0 wire.

I over sized it all, we have no microwave or hair dryers or anything other than an electric tooth brush and water pick :) . But it will be our home till.. so you never know.

The fuse block we have at this time is a Blue Sea Class T 400 amp fuse block  that will be connected right to the battery then a 500 or so buss. Then another buss say 200 amps and the shunt (Link 2000) and etc.

Here you can see a Blue Sea Class T 400 amp fuse block mounted to the "dashboard"
Next we will turn the batteries around so the neg ground is closest to the engine.
Then we can measure for some more new cables. I have replace all the battery cables that connect each battery to each other with 4/0 and will do the ground next. Then start on the buses.

Battery "dashboard"

Marina Cortez in San Diego Harbor Island 6\28\2010

Made up the “dashboard” for the house batteries mostly built and in place. I still need to re-enforce the middle a bit as it can move a bit back and forth. Probably not a problem but I do not want it to vibrate and then loosen the wires like on my old Harley. The we will pain it and it will be to go for mounting the equipment. Got a some teak from the Chula Vista swap meet that I used for the end pieces and ½ inch plywood for the center piece. Could of like ¾ but did not have any. Also ¾ would have been a tight fit, would have maybe needed to remove the batteries to get it in and the local store (Dixieline only one around who sells marine plywood and only by the sheet) only caries on size at a time. Last time I bought a sheet it was about $70.00 and ½ and the time before it was ¾. So a bit of bracing will do the trick.
FYI
 We are using 4/0 cables because we have (not yet hooked up) a Xantrax 2000 watt charger inverter. Same Raferty got and installed in the same location. I chose the location because we will be heading south and I did not want the heat coming into the boat. It is behind the nav station and can be vented to the lazertt. Also if using the invert-er the second fan can kick in making more noise. The run to the batteries is recommended to be no more than 10’ or you start to loose efficiency. Most installs over 8’ use 4/0 wire.

I over sized it all, we have no microwave or hair dryers or anything other than an electric tooth brush and water pick :) . But it will be our home till.. so you never know.

The fuse block we have at this time is a Blue Sea Class T 400 amp fuse block  that will be connected right to the battery then a 500 or so buss. Then another buss say 200 amps and the shunt (Link 2000) and etc.



Here you can see a Blue Sea Class T 400 amp fuse block mounted to the "dashboard"

Next we will turn the batteries around so the neg ground is closest to the engine.

Then we can measure for some more new cables. I have replace all the battery cables that connect each battery to each other with 4/0 and will do the ground next. Then start on the buses.

Bottom cleaning.

We had Star Marine doing our bottom when we had our Catalina 30. He started complaining that our bottom was getting hard to clean so we needed a bottom job. We said we are not racers or yachters so we are not going to get a bottom job done real soon. Besides we told him we are going to sell the boat so we will just take some cash off.




Not long after that he said our shaft was getting small and need replacing.


We did not notice any vibration or anything else so we asked our mechanic who said it was fine. Star Marine just wanted us to pull the boat out and while out get a bottom job.


He then decide to up his fee for us so we fired him. We got California Marine Services to clean the bottom and for less money and they gave us free WiFi. They did seem to charge more for zincs. We could have bought our own but it was not worth the savings.


We kept them for a few years and about a year and a half into our new boat. They then raised their rates so we let them go. Got an x employee diver who lives at our marina to clean the boat for the old price. So far still have the free WiFI.

Saining 06/24/10

We went sailing on Wednesday evening and went to South Western YC for the cook out venue. It was disappointing to us. They have a new venue where the servers bring you the main dish after it is cooked. I know there are SWYC members here and I am being kind. It was just not what it was. Maybe in the a few weeks they will get it better. The outside grill used to be reasonably priced and fun. This was neither.

Plus they changed the location of the bbq grill to next to the kitchen, makes sense but is not eye pleasing. Last location was by the slips. Very nice to look out over the boats.




SWYC has great guest slips and we really like the YC.
Our baot at the guest slip. Took this picture from our table. We were dinning inside. That table in the photo is outside.

We will still go there for meals. Some time at anchor at La Playa we will dingy over for a meal (is that cheating)? We have tried going into Shelter island for a meal but it wrecks the anchoring experience.

One of Debbie’s favorite birds.

We had a nice sail over to the sub base where we decided to put in a tack but it was too short (early) so we could not make the channel. We or I was on a schedule as to not miss dinner. I did not know what time SWYC stopped serving. If we had gone higher, in this case to the sub base we could have probably tacked into the channel. It however was a great little sail and we were just clipping along.


It was bear can night and of the many boats we saw this on of particular interest.

The jib furler line I got setup right this time. But the furler did not furl very well again. This time it was not the line that was jamming or had ass holes in it. It was the furler. We think the back stay or the jib halyard are too tight or both. We had to remove the furler and bow pulpit when we replaced the bow rollers so this is left over from that project. We can make some adjustments this Saturday as we will hopefully sail to a test anchor on Sunday at La Playa.

As we have sailed the boat these last two times we have noticed how well it points. We point as well as any other boat out there and that is saying something. Even with our tired ass old sails and rigging (well the standing rigging may be fairly new) and old sheets etc.

We especially love how the boat steers and handles and rides the bay. We have not done any offshore sailing in the boat yet. The bay can get quite whipped up with all the power boats running about. Sometimes more so that the ocean. We may (in our old boat) come back from a sail and find the bay more whipped up than the sea.

We are just loving the boat more and more.

We were getting back so late it was getting a bit dark. It way about 9:00 PM and so we put on the running lights. None of them worked. I hit the port light a few time (that’s how you really turn it on right, you hit kick it?) and it would work for a flashes. Seems the bulbs are loose or whatever. Another FOGger was mentioning this as an issue. Maybe we can silicone them in place or something. We like the old lights for the harbor. We turned on the tri color at the mast top and it worked fine. Know it is not legal but figured it was better than nothing. Not a big deal has it was a near full moon and so the harbor was pretty light. Even when there is no moon the harbor is light up from all the San Diego lights. It’s had not to see another boat or ship. The navy ships are a little hard to see because they are the dark gray but they want it that way.

Bow anchor Snubber

It is a time thing. You know, lots of projects and where do you want to spend your time?


There are lots of ways. At this time I am setting up the solar controller for anchoring. We are connecting our starting battery for anchoring. On and on. So I could splice the lines on my lunch hour but I do need a break. Yesterday I went to our storage shed on my lunch and picked up a bunch of gear we need for sailing off shore etc. The lunch on Tuesday I went to the laundry mat and washed a bunch of rags. I get overloaded with boat projects. Need to smell some sea air. So farming out a few projects is OK.


I will also add a 1/2 line subber to the tool chest.
There is a plain line snubber I will try using also. Also I will make up a hook for setting the anchor so there is still plenty to work on anchor rode if I wish in the snubbing area.
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Anchor Snubber

 OK I got a ¾ three strand line from a dock mate and tried it on the cleat and chocks. I could not find a 5/8 line. The ¾ line worked on the cleat but did not sit down into the chocks. I then pulled the eye splice through the chock into the boat and placed it over the cleat where it sat fine. The splice in the ¾ line prevents it from being pushed into the chock.


This photo shows the cleat but with 1/2 dock line not the 3/4 line I tested.


So it does work fine and that means a 5/8 line will of course work even better. That is what is recommended for our size boat. At least from this source.


www.bosunsupplies.com/Snubber.cfm


Most people said oh ½ is fine. So that goes with "kept putting an anchor onto your boat till your dock mates start laughing and then you have the right size".


Now I know we could change out the cleats and chocks but maybe at a later date. They seem to work fine.


Now I would really like to get one of these


www.anchorbuddy.co.nz/how.html


We used a dingy anchor as a kedge on our Catalina because it danced around a lot (the baot) at anchor and the kedge worked well to stop that. Also we made a anchor sail from an old jib (dumpster diving again) and it helped.

Saining 06/20/10

We sailed Sunday and went from Harbor Island to the Coronado bridge on an easy reach. Then coming back up it was all tacking. We got to the end of Shelter Island or so and called it because it was 3:00 PM and it seemed the wind had dropped. A lot of tacking. We got pooped.

The traveler was a dream to use. The main halyard while letting it out was fine getting it back in was a lot of winching. That system is the next to get replaced. We will get a new fiddler block and boom blocks and line this summer.

The sail goes about ¾ up before we need to start using the winch to get it the rest of the way. Some track lube would help but is not the solution. A mast track is in the cards for the solution.

The jib sheets are tired and need replacing but work ok. The winches are great and I hardly had to winch in any on the jib. There was not a lot of wind and it is only 100 percent. On our last boat we had a 150 genoia and it required a lot of winching in. We are not sure what we will get for cursing for a jib. Possibly a 120 genoia.

The furler line we did not setup properly. It was user error. I put it outboard of a stanchion instead of inboard so it got twisted in the ratchet block. It worked but need a little practice with it.

All in all systems worked and it was a great day.

It was a bit crowded and city like but being Fathers day I think most did as I did. What do you want to do on father’s day, go boating! So they were out there. We like to go sailing on Saturday as my take on this is that the guys are busy either working on house (cutting the grass) or on the boat and on Sunday they sail. So Saturday seems less crowded. I do have to admit that it is never really that crowded, but for the big holidays.

We left the sail cover off as it is a pain. Having the solar panel on top of the dodger makes it a little more work also. My Kingdome for in boom furling! Oh well guess it would be. Any way we will be sailing on Wednesday and then next Sunday. We will be leaving off the sail cover till at least then.

Next Sunday we plan on our first anchor shake down. We plan to sail to La Play cove and anchor all day.

The window in the bimini is a bit hard to reach to put on and off the cover or wipe clean. It did work fine though and if any further forward we could not see the top of the mast. So with a plastic stick and rag would work for cleaning.

I think that should take care of our shake downs and we will be ready to party! Course if the Perkins keeps purring and and and etc.

We did have some water in the bilge but I think it was from over filling the water tanks.

Or our water gauge system could be leaking out the top on a heal. Next sail we can shut the little valves on top to test that.

We would like to add a boom vang. It is on the wish list. We will sail the a bunch this summer coming and make some more decisions on what we want for sail handling. Just upgrading our existing equipment will make a lot of difference running rigging and some blocks.


OK busted, we did not do a thing with the topping lift. That would have helped raising the main.
We are or I am a bit rusty.
I pulled on the furler line trying to sheet in when we did our first tack :).




Another Freeport 36 (Gary)
We saw this yacht on the bay Sunday. We saw three or four mega yacts out on the bay.

$15000.00 for 7 day charter?
resortwo

Bow anchor locker Needs new latch

 We will need a new anchor locker lid latch so if we get into riugh seas the lid does not bounce up and down or open in a big wave.