Supplies for the companion way screen project

 Debbie picked up some screen form Home Depot and some zippers and some Sunbrella remnant fabric from Keystone Brothers for the companion way screen project. We had discussed black as a possible fabric color and I now like the idea more after seeing the fabric for some reason. White was the other choice or the bimini fabric.

300 feet of Lewmar 8 plat line and 10 feet of 3/8 3B chain) got stored in the bilge

The anchor rode for the spare Bruce 45 anchor (300 feet of Lewmar 8 plat line and 10 feet of 3/8 3B chain) got stored in the bilge by the head. It is ready to deploy if needed.

 Debbie opened the hatch in the head and lined it with a blue tarp.

 Then Debbie stood up on deck and fed the line through the hatch in the head to me laying on the sole. We put a cushion over the door stoop and shower grate in the head.

 It took a while but the line coiled up nice and should come out easy.

Another project completed!

The space is holding 20’ of 5/16 new chain that originally came with the Lewmar anchor rode but we cut it off. That spare 20 feet of 5/16 chain is now a backup for the stern anchor rode.

 The space also contains the 300 feet of Lewmar 8 plat line and 10 feet of 3/8 3B chain.

It all gets along fine and fills the space. This space has a smaller access are because the hatch for it is on the starboard side not on the center line. The companionway is on the starboard side of the mast which is center. Any way it is all OK and works out well, at least so far.

 We should be able to just walk the 10 feet o chain and some rode to the chain locker in the head. Then having a small lead line attached to the chain with a clip on the end we feed it up to the rode houser on the drum side of the windless. We got up on deck to the anchor locker and pull the chain and rode up into the anchor locker and attach it to the 45 Bruce anchor. Sounds like a plan :)

We finished off the dingy davits

 Debbie picked up the cross piece from Benchmark Welding that we had re-fabricated to fit our boat. It could be a nicer fabricating job as the welds show up. They could have been grinded smother and blended in nicer. We have seen nicer work and he admitted it was not his best.

We decided to try putting on the cross piece on the davits without turning the boat stern too the dock for the standup work area.  We wanted to know if while in Mexico we could do this without the hassle of backing into a slip. As it turns out it was no problem.

 It is however not that big a deal as they are hard to see out on the end of the davits.

 First Debbie held up the cross piece while I attached two bolts to one end of the davit. We had turned the davit into the boat for easier access. We then tried to turn the davit and cross piece back out so the cross piece would connect to the other davit. But not so fast as the back stay was in the way. Debbie had to keep holding the cross piece while I dis-connected one bolt and then we were able to swing it out and rested the cross piece on top of the other davit.

Bolting it up using two ratchets and 1/2 sockets, one deep.

Looks off but is not. The boat is not straight at the dock either.

 After the cross piece was on we decided to just finish this off by installing the 6.1 blocks and tackle.

Nothing got dropped into the water, that's a first!

It was a stretch but worked out fine putting on the Harkin blocks.

OK all done.

 The only part left is the block and tackle to lower and raise the steps while in the dingy. They are at our storage shed so it will wait.

Our WiFi is now wired - switched

 Our WiFi is now wired in and to a switch at the nav station. There was an orphaned off switch from the previous owner that we used for this.  Just pull out the switch and the WiFi hot spot boots up and off we go. No fuss no muss.

We wired the WiFi hot spot (The WireAP) the switch which is wired to a 2 AMP fuse at the blade fuse block. 

The temporary labels are either until we find something we like or get to Cobo and have no crew. We know what does what.

The Link 2000 switch if for the back light if needed.

Stateroom 5200 BTU AC\Heat

Debbie re-organized her hanging locker for the AC\Heat unit. She put a lot of cloths in her big drawer under the bed and hung shoes in the hanging locker. This way we have easier access to the hanging locker to start work on the AC unit.

 Now that (we are hoping) the wind generator project is all but finished (still some nut and bolts ot be finished off) we have the time to move on.

We did some plumbing organization

 We putt in a terminal block for the macerator so if it craps out (get it) we can just remove it with out having to cut wires.

 We wired the 10 AMP blade fuse so it was easily accessible.

Not shown in the picture is chafe protection for the wires.

We will also stake down the pump out hose more so it does not jiggle at pump out time, shaking wiring. Not sure if it does now but just in case.

 We cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet and ran the shower sump vent hose up there where the holding tank and fresh water tank vents are located. Next we will get a through hull vent to attach it to but that may just be a Mexico project as it works and there is limited time. We will buy the part and out it on a later list.

We wire tied the hoses and will need at a later time to shorten up the shower sump discharge hose as it is a bit long.

 We are not using the holding tank vent hose filter at this time so the bracket is just sitting there. It may need to be re-located if we go back to using it.

Notice our cushions are not screw in yet. Still in project mode :(

It is a tight space to work in and it give soar ribs and under arms as the access hole is small.
We will need to add a AC through hull here some place also and it is not a later thing :)

Wind generator electrics - working!

 Broke down and bought another wind generator (WG) on\off switch (like we had a choice) and this time got a on\off battery switch for the WG. Somewhere in the mix we also would like an AMP meter.

In the off position.

The wind generator(WG) is finally wired and we think working. We say we think because the wind died about five minutes after we got it going. It did give us a few minutes of whoosh before the wind died. That indicated that it would spin with the solar controller connected to the system.
 So what did we do?
We removed the WG from the battery bus and wired it directly to the batteries. This way it does not see the solar controller. The only negative (pun) is that the Link 2000 does not see it to measure the charge input.  It is bypassing the shunt.
 We wired the WG (after talking to tech support at to the batteries. To  the center two 6 volt batteries. We have our 4- 6 volt batteries wired in a series then parallel.  
So we wired the WG to the + and – on the center two batteries as there is no room on the outer two batteries, the studs are full. The studs each have two 4/0 cable on them which takes up all the room.
This is a tad bit less efficient than the wiring of choice, on the outside tow but we will never notice it. Besides this is just an auxiliary method of charging the batteries. Our solar panels exceeds all our needs so far.
 Now it could be the WG is still not working correctly as the controller may stop and go or work erratically but so far so good. The next time we get some wind the true test will show us if it is working or not.  I think a good video is in order here when the wind is up J

The top emergency shut off switch is the WG one.

 Not a very good picture but they do have icon labels on the switch knobs to tell what they are for.
 The cables still need to be staked down.
We are doing some wiring clean up and organization now.

So the WG is wired to the on\off nav station switch, then to a 50 AMP breaker and then to the emergency cut off (red) switch and then to the batteries.

Purchased new Genoa sheets

The new Genoa sheets are on their way.

 We got the sheets from Rigging Only and they are ½ inch.

We tested them by buying a 10’ piece at West Marine to test the line out on our  winches.

They did not seem to fit the self-tailing Barient 28 winches until we pulled them tight. Then we could see the self -tailer adjusts to fit the line.

New Genoa and new sheets, life is good!

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

After looking at a web site ( about boat cook ware etc. we decide the OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner would be a good addition to our galley cook ware.

 Debbie purchased it at Bead bath and Beyond.

Bug screen for our Campion way

Debbie is going to make a bug screen for our Campion way.

With doors open

We have a Campion way cover that we can use as a template.

The bug screen will have a zipper for access into and out of the boat.
The purpose is to keep us bug free in Mexico. We may make a separate one for the no-see-ums. 

Lewmar 8 plat line rinsed out

The Bruce anchor rode got rinsed out and strung out. We also did the Sampson stern anchor rode.

It is sitting atop the anchor locker where we will stow it temporally while we work on the auto pilot.

The Lewmar 8 plat line, all 300 feet will go into the bilge by the head. We will do that soon as we are sailing this weekend. It is dry now and ready to get stored. It is for the second anchor and will rarely be used. This spot is low and could use some weight for ballast.

Starboard side salon window installed!

The next day Debbie started on the aft starboard side salon window.

 This time the inside frame had to be broken free from the head liner. This is dicey as we do not want to rip the headline at all coasts. A slow careful method of removing the the inside ring and Debbie gets it off without a tear. It is a little hard on the hands.

 Now it is time to break the out side seal. You need to work the window from both sides.

Debbie pries the window out.

Now its the long cleaning process.

Then it is the dry fit and it fits good. There was not much if any sealant on the bottom of the original window. It did not leak and the wood is in good shape around both of the windows. In fact all the windows so far the wood around them has been in good shape.

 Debbie dry fits the window and it passes so it is time to clean and caulk the windows. 
 I hold the window while Debbie caulks it.

We smooth out the caulking around the edges of the window.

Debbie puts the window in place and we check for squareness.
 Kind of hard because there is really nothing square. We kind of line it up to the other window and the eye brow.

 We are careful not to press on the window as it seems the natural thing to do.
 Debbie then places the inside ring on and does the screwing from the inside out around the window.

I then give it a final tighten with my heman strength :)

All done and it sounds so easy. We are tired and it is time consuming and this takes a lot of energy to do right. 

 Clean it all up and replace the curtains and wa la two new windows in!

The galley hook project is finished off

The galley hook project is finished off.
The hook works as we thought.
The towels do not get caught in the oven door.
They do not hit the deck.
The hook does not hit your body when in the refer or working in the galley.
  1. One towel for drying dishes.
  2. One towel for drying hands.
  3. One towel for drying around sink area.

All is good :)

Cockpit grate got a coat of Teak Wonder

While the cockpit grate is up for the autopilot install we decide to apply a coat of “Teak Wonder” to it as it is overdue.

Of course that meant the cockpit grate needed washing and moving around. First we had moved it to the fore deck for storage.

Then to the dock for washing.

Then back to the fore deck for draying.

Then the next day we applied the “Teak Wonder”.

 Then back to the cockpit for storage till the grate got dry enough so the “Teak Wonder” would not get on the fore deck. 
Then back up to the fore deck with it the next day to finish drying. It also smells and we wanted to relax in the cockpit that day so the teak grate needed moving.

Now the grate is removed we should and did wash the cockpit.

See how one thing leads to another :)