Stateroom varnishing and on it goes

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

All washed and sanded with TSP.
We started the door between the hanging lockers. This is the cane door that has two big shelves behind it.

First diluted coat.

And we started the top of the forward hanging locker.

New GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor installed

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

So as said before but it is worth saying again, we lost out Garmin autopilot just outside Acapulco and had to hand steer 500 nm back to PV. Our rudder sensor broke which is part of the Drive A unit.
Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor . 

Garmin sent this to our cruising friends Alan and Elizabeth who where on s\v Vivacia  who were on a land trip in the states and they brought it down to Mexico for us. 

Drive A unit.

The Rudder Feedback Sensor that broke is inside the Drive A unit. It could be fixed if we could get the Drive A unit to the US but that is not happening so this is the alternative method. 

This GRF 10 plugs right into the brain where the Drive A uit one did..

Alan from s\v Vivacia  and I brainstorming on how and where to install the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor .

Holes we drilled for 3\4 marine plywood for a base to mount the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor on. We bolted it through with SS flat head screws. The ply wood came form one of the cut outs for the AC dicking.

Piter Carsten from Marine Vallarta seems to have plenty of experience with rudder sensors. 

Piter found a place to install the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor right away.

Piter pearl diving for rudder sensor. Being tall Piter has good are reach for this project.

Because the quadrant is round Piter said we could install it on the back side of the rudder. 

It really made not difference. As we are really limited for space around the quadrant this was great. We also got Garmin 's approval (they said no problem) to install the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor  up-side-down.

Back side of quadrant. There was two hole in the quadrant we were able to use. This is lucky as it would be near impossible to drill any in the quadrant.

This downward angel was corrected by using a few washers on the ball joint at the quadrant.

The extra extension cable we have that we did not need. 

Garmin sent this under warranty along with the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor. We will call after sea trials to see if they want it back.

State room varnish - hanging lockers etc.

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico.
Here we found some black spots in the oak. Possibly mold but may be nothing. 

The port hole is over this area. We put the first diluted coat of varnish on and saw this more clearly. We are stripping the old and new varnish off the black areas and soaking them in bleach. Then we will varnish again.

We continue to varnish around the fiddles and edges of the oak while we work on the middle.

Possibly some black spots here so we are stripping the area.

Drawers between hanging lockers. 

We need to secure those wires behind the drawers that go to the anchor windless! Keep forgetting.

Stern hanging locker door trim.

Forward hanging locker door trim.

Forward stateroom drawer trim under the bed.

Stern stateroom drawer trim under the bed.
The space for the drawers makes a handy place for tools while we are varnishing the edges.

The oak on the boat was varnished at the factory. 

Islander Yachts gave the option for oak on flat surfaces and it looks nice and brightens the boat. Also because it was previously varnished and nicely it is a lot easier to varnish now than the raw teak. The teak has had teak oil applied by the PO and that's it. Teak oil is desired by some but for us as we live aboard it is not soo good. It looks good when first applied but attracts dust. It is hard to not get it on other areas and needs to be done every few months or so, maybe six at the most. Varnish is easy to wipe off and does not attract dust\dirt. It is a job to do it the first time though. 

Satin varnish - different

Middle of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

"Golspar Satin is a dull gloss varnish ideal for anywhere a low-lustre, dull gloss effect is desired, such as cabinets tables counters etc."

This is the satin varnish we have been using. Only we are out of it and there is no place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that we can find that sells it. 

We bought a can of Z-Spar Captain's Satin varnish which here is about $50.00 USD and have started using it. It has some gloss to it so it looks different than the Interlux satin varnish. We have done some door parts and some other areas in the Interlux so now what? We may have to keep using this Captain's Satin varnish and put a coat or two on some of the other spots but the door panels would be too hard to do.

 Z-Spar Flagship varnish is what we are using for gloss. 

The Epifanes is for sale here but again not like what we were using.

Varnishing stateroom parts

Middle of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

 As you can see we have our work cut out for us. Still working on two big louvered doors and four drawers and some other pieces.

House sitting in a tropical paradise in a palace

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas BayMexico
s\v Elegant on Facebook 
Clyde makes a bee-line to me whenever I get into the hammock. 
He likes the scratching and petting he gets here.
Good dog and good times.
Nice breeze and good peace and rest. Also,
 we can see our boat, at our dock, s\v Elegant'sea!
 Careli can do anything while on the phone : Feeding the chickens.
The chicken coop is behind the pool house.
We get free eggs and Careli makes us eggs and cactus which grows here 
free also. So eggs and cactus and it is good!
Cage-free eggs as the chickens are let out quite often 
to roam around the property.
Careli, the house keeper. s\v Elegant'sea in the back ground.
Since we have a gourmet kitchen, Debbie decided to make some
 cinnamon rolls to enjoy some baking.
One for the gardener and he loved it :)

Storing sails for the summer

Beginning of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

Previously at (last month) Paradise Village Marina .

We washed, dried and then folded up our 135% genoa and it was not something we will repeat doing. Each summer we say we will be out sailing here and there.  Fact is, with all the shade gear up and the temperature as it is, we never go out. This year we decided to remove the sails so they would  be protected from the sun and rain. It is real difficult to get the main up for drying out in the rainy season so it will not get moldy. By the time we were folding the genoa, it was early afternoon and we were cooking. So, we did the smart thing for the main sail and hired it out.  Got someone else to do it. We hired Argos Marine (Jason)...and they did a real nice job. It seems like they went above and beyond - now that I think about it we probably should have tipped them.  We will definitely have them do both sails next summer. They did a nice job washing, drying and folding the main. They bagged it and wire-tied the batons together.  They even washed the stack pack and folded it up and  put it in the sail bag Then they wire tied the pvc piping that supports the bag and the sail batons together.. 

Varnishing hanging locker doors etc in stateroom

Beginning of July 2015 - At a private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

Well I thought we had posted our pics of the varnishing work while house sitting in Bucerias  but it seems not. So, if so, you get it again and here goes :)

Sanded and cleaned with TSP, ready for vranish!

Remember there is NO AC in the garage and it is hot but we are tough so we keep going!

This is the first diluted coat (with thinner) of varnish. The thinner needs to have mineral spirits in it. We found some at HD. Not that easy to find in Mexico.

Not bad if I must say so myself!

Some touch up :)

And off we go to get it looking like glass.

We got three coats on the doors here. They still look a bit raw.

We had also taken out the four draws and one small door from between the hanging lockers. We were going to varnish them here also but they had to wait.

 Now we are at our next house sitting job at what we call "the palace". We are not using the AC on the boat while sanding and varnishing - just a couple small fans.

Forward hanging locker all sanded and washed with TSP. Ready for Debbie to tape.

These have the first diluted coat on.

We decided to do all we can arround the hanging lockers while not living on the boat so this is the door between the hanging lockers, first coat.

 The lamp we bought at Mega (grocery store) because we needed more light.

Where the drawers and bottom door 
are between the hanging lockers. 

Islander did a nice job on all drawers in the boat by maximizing storage space. It is cheaper to make them all the same size but Islander Yachts chose to make the ones up higher longer as the hull goes out, allowing for that.

The first one and two coats we do all around the edges of the hanging locker doors and drawers. Then just the outside so they all close without snagging varnish build up.

Happy face...despite it is being hot!

We have previously done the drawers so now it is about time to do the drawer trims.

In our new house sitting gigs' work shop. Still no AC in the workshop, of course.

That's as far as we have gotten since the last house sitting gig, a little sanding.

As you can see there is a lot to varnish still. Plus two drawers you do not see.

The other hanging locker door patiently waiting.