Bimini - re-sewing the stitching while house sitting - 2015

End of August 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas BayMexico
We took our bimini off and are (Debbie) is re-sewing some of the stitching and repairing a patch.
Debbie tried to replace the bimini with an old tarp we found here at the house sitting gig but it was shedding the brown and silver siding and making a general mess so we canned that idea. Debbie looked like she had a whole lot of freckles! We have some temp shade while we are working in the boat to keep the sun out of the companionway.
 Also adding some dot fasteners to the bimini for our re-designed stern shade for our re-designed davits.
Clyde was watching us :)

More varnishing and freezing it

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

The prepping of the area around the drawers in the storeroom. The prepping is not easy at times and it is summer so it is HOT. Cold put on the AC but we are in and out so much while working it is a pain to open and close thongs up. Wa Wa

Prepped but not taped yet. This area around the drawers will be satan.


.This could have been the last coat on this cane door between the hanging lockers but Careli the hose housekeeper decided she needed to touch it to see if it was wet!  :)

Why do people need to do that? It was going to need a finishing coat any way because of some hairs from the through away brush got in in it. Last coat we will use a sponge brush.

Nice spot to varnish. The drawer and small door on on their second coat. We have seven pieces we are varnishing from the stateroom right now, took on a lot. 

Next is a coat on this hanging locker door.

It is all prepped but we ran out of varnishing energy.

A nap was in order of things.

We are still working our way around the galley peninsula on the salon side. Next is in-between the slides for the salon table.

Being off the boat but having it at the private dock makes it easy to do these varnishing projects as we are not using the area, Maybe easy is not the right word, convenient would be better.

 Then this area will finish off the peninsula

To keep the whole can from getting contaminated we started putting some varnish in this small plastic drink cups. 

We use these any way for varnishing but now we pre-freeze the goss in the plastic cups. Then we can just deal with  a cup full if something happen or filter it to another cup instead of the whole can. Containers the size of the can are also problematic obtaining them here. In San Diego we would go tot he paint store and buy new empty cans for the varnish. Not s easy here..

Got some energy the next day and got the almost final  coat on.

The top where my hand is needs some touching up and there are a couple of lovers that need a another coat and then the whole door will need a last coat with non freezer (thinner) varnish. Just some sanding with wet #400 will do it for prep work. Now on to the next door. It is needing a couple more coats. These are a lot of work!

Lewmar H3 anchor windless back from Machine shop 2015

End of August 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay, Mexico
As you can see we cleaned up the anchor locker and painted out the space for the Lewmar H3 anchor windless before we re-install it.
Also we did the same for the windless. We used bilge paint as it was a good match for the color of the windless and the only white paint we have, I think :)

Kato Marine Island Davit electric lift motor wiring 5 of 6

End of August 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay, Mexico
Debbie installed this 30 amp breaker switch along with the other winch wiring for a safety on\off for the Badland winch we installed to pull up the Achilles dinghy end with the Honda Outboard, gas tank, DaNard dinghy wheels - the heaver end :) The winch works with a remote but because sometimes our SSB radio turns on our bilge pump we did not want it turning on the winch and crunching our dinghy. This way we cut power to the winch and remote control box.
Control box under lazarett.
As you see we have some cleaning up and staking down 
to do on these busses. We wired up the winch and GPS antenna 
for the Standard Horizon radio here.
The Badland winch, wired up and ready to go!  
Now it just needs a canvas cover!!


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

Here you see the section of the galley peninsula 
on the salon side we have done in satin...three coats.

The section by the mirror we did in satin.

This got a bit ugly as I contaminated the varnish by using a dirty brush. 

This was the last coat here but will need to have another "last coat" when I filter the can of varnish. I was freezing the can and then pouring some out into a container. Then the leftover I was pouring back into the can. Because it is expensive here I do not want to waste any. Because it is thick as it is not quite frozen it cannot be filtered. So we need to defrost the can and filter it and then we can re-freeze it. Containers are the problem.

This in the stateroom - needs a last coat.

Still in the stateroom - needs a last coat too.

La Cruz Mid-summer Swap Meet

End of August 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas BayMexico
We are selling our roller blades. Yes, the time has come. A local taking a test drive. Debbie's size 8's will sell but my size 11's may never sell as the shoe sizes here generally do not go over maybe 10.  This fellow said he would call when he got paid - let's keep our fingers crossed!!
The local junk yard dog (La Cruz marina dog) hanging out by the grill, where else :)
Tim and Paula from s/v Hooligan came from Nuevo Vallarta.
The young boy in the yellow shirts was showing his dad our LED lantern, trying to convince his dad why he wanted to buy it.  The youngster had 140 pesos to spend!  He ended up buying our LED book light instead - cheaper at 40 pesos!  
Tony, who we house-sat for in Bucerias.
We sold a few small things and bought\traded for a regulator for our Magma grill from Rick on s/v Eyes of the World. Then we went to the hotel Alan and Elizabeth from s\v Vivacia are hotel sitting (Simply Baku in La Cruz). We played Mexican dominos along with Cindy and Rick on s\v Cool Change a Pacific Sea craft 31'.
Another fun day!!

Dingy davit block loops welded on for a place to clip dingy blocks when leaving boat - 2 of 2 2015

Middle of August 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay, Mexico
Back from the Machine shop. We sized the top cap so the supports fit tight into the brackets and set the set screw and marked them up for the U brackets. 
We had previously cut off the threads from the U brackets so we could use them this way.
Just what we were looking for. An easy way to connect the Achilles dinghy end of the hoisting gear from the dinghy to the boat. Also this makes for easy retrieval when coming back to the boat.
Starboard side, same thing.

Wiring up the davit winch

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

The instruction.

We added a switch, a 30 breaker switch. Just to make sure the winch would not take off on it's own and rip the transom out of the dinghy.

The remote control and a 30 amp breaker.

The control box. 
This magic box allows the winch to be controlled by the remote. It gets the winch  to go forward or backward.

The winch mounted on the starboard davit.

We did a bunch of re-wiring to some items on the stern. 

The stern light and the cockpit fans were two of them. We also added a Wifi antenna and a GPS antenna to the davits. All these wires including the winch wires had to be run down and through the sten cam cleat. Debbie found a way to get them all through there.

Below are some of the wires being snaked an wire tied through the laveretts.

And there she is! Debbie is now wiring

Nice job Debbie!

These are #8 awg wires going from the winch to two buses behind the nav station. 

The buses go to the house AGM battery bank. I measured wrong or got short wired on the amount when we purchased the two wires so we had to add a few feet.