Pickled Beta 38 hp engine and cleaned bilge etc

End of May 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

Here we have the garden hose conected to the dock side water at the dock box an running. It is on all the way but there is not all that much water pressure. 

The water is over flowing the sea strainer and going down into the bilge. We were running the 38 hp Beta diesel engine ant about 900 rpm and it was all good. However if we cranked it up (raised the idle) the water pressure was not good enough to keep up with the engines need for water, the engine would suck the water down in the seas strainer. We ran the engine for 20 min at 900 rpm (a bit over idle spped) to flush it out good with fresh water. We have been doing this from our fresh water tanks and we can crank up the engine and vary the speed but not this time. That is because we do not want to put the dock water here in our fresh water tanks. This dock water ha not gone through the final treatment. I know I know some people will drink it but at about $1.20  for 5 gal of  good water and they put in in for you we buy what we need and are harpy about that. So next time we pickle the engine we will go back to the water tank way we have been doing it.

Now we are flooding the bilge to make sure the Rule bilge alarm is working. We had to remove the cover of the bilge alarm because the flapper was not always working in it. It was getting stuck. The cover prevents rags or some other debre from preventing the alarm from going off but in this case the cover it;s self was doing this. We got it back working great and then tested the Rule 2000 high capacity secondary bilge pump. It pumps 2000 GPH. It is plumbed sepertatly and worked great. The we tested our every day Whale IC bilge pump. It pumps about 5 gal a min. It worked great. So all is good.

We had to pull the Rule 2000 bilge pump and Rule bilge alarm from the bilge. They are attached to a piece of PVC pipe. It is a deep bilge and to pull the equipment up  you need to navigate it past the tranny. They are wired to a terminal block so we can remove them altogether if they need to be worked on. Debbie is improving my labeling, which there was none. I had purchased numbers for the wires but never got to putting them on. So we blew a fuse on the bilge alarm trying to figure out the wiring. All fixed now :)

We cleaned the strainers of course and this time decided to leave them out as they will not be sitting in water and will last longer while not being used.

We took this opportunity to clean the bilge with Simple Green and it looks good.

PVC pipe going down into the bilge past the tranny.

Rule bilge alarm flapper. The two black hose barbs to the right (starboard) is the original bilge pump. We have not given up on it yet. We re-built it but have never gotten it to work. We would like to have it for the 4 th pump and put a hose out to the cockpit for it to pump water out. 
Jabsco Model 6600j-Series now 36600 Marine PAR Belt Drive Bilge Pump (475-GPH, 12-Volt, 15-Amp, 3/4")


All done, tested and clean. You see the Rule bilge alarm flapper and below that is the Rule 2000 flapper then the Rule 2000 bilge pump.

Reef line re-evaluated for size and order etc

End of May 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

 We are looking to make our raising of the main sail and reefing of the man sail easier.
 Lubing the the sail slugs and cleaning and lubing the sail track will help.
Also re-fitting the reef lines would help. We also think that the reef lines are too big and bind in the sail gromets when raising the sail. They are also heavy to pull up with the sail.

These 1\2 " reefing lines we have now we think are too big. We have three reefing points on the main. We took off the third reef as we were not using it and it was a hole lot of line.
As you can see the line is maxing out the sheave in the block.

We have decided to get (at least at this time) the next size down for reef lines. We forget the size now but we will also get two different colors for the first and second reef.

We will also move on reef line to the other side of the boom. It was that way but we thought it may be easier if they were both on the same side. However they bind on each other that way.

New size that is smaller than the 1\2 inch reef lines we have. This size fits in the block sheave a lot nicer.

Boarding ladder, Edson Step with SHUR-LOC Ladder Catches 2 of 2

Beginning of June 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatl├ín, Mexico
 This Edson Step with the lines going up to the stanchions even with chafe protection wrecked the Cetaol on the cap rail. Also it was a bit more work to hang it. I admit not much but still. So we had brackets on the side of the boat from the PO and we decided we may-as-well use them.

This step is great for getting on\off the paddle board or for guests with hard bottom dinghy's. Hard bottom dinghy's mess with our stern steps.
This is just a temporary set up because the lines can slip off. It does however show prof of concept. 
The Edson Step does work in this setup it is just not safe as the lines can slip off.
We wil elberate on this setup and re-post the final setup.
Stove bolts we used to fit in brackets.

Purchased a Western Digital Media Player

End of May 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

 As we have said before we do not have any cable tv or satellite tv on the boat. Most marinas do not offer anything here in the way of tv sow download what we want to watch.Out at anchor we go ashore to get WiFi and then try to catch up on some downloads.

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WD Media Player review.WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p (Old Version)
WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p (Old Version)  which has a more functional remote than the newer version. We do not care about streaming because we do not usually\ever have fast enough WiFi. So weather it has Netflix is not an issue.

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We purchased this WD Media Player refurbished and fond it on Amizon..

 Another item to make our tv viewing on the boat easier. This will eliminate the laptop from the equation and we will just use the portable hard drive with our downloaded tv\movies to play.

Elegant'sea is ready for the summer of 2016

End of May 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

 It is sure nice to have two finger piers, one on each side. We have not had this since San Diego 4-5 years ago. Anyway, we have put all we wanted to away and have covered all we can. We will probably use the Shadetree boat awning systems as we are doing now for future use, if all goes well this summer. The fiberglass hollow poles that hold the Shadetree boat awning systems up just keep breaking. We are tired of fixing them. One summer when we had a car we bought PVC pipe and constructed a frame to reinforce the Shadetree boat awning systems. This worked well but what do you do with all the PVC after the summer is over? We gave some away or threw it out. So this setup has a lower profile and so less wind-age. It is easy enough to walk to the bow if need be because you can just unclip the black clips on the way up and the Shadetree boat awning systems drops away from the rail. We also think it may work better at anchor for the bow to get shade this way. It is nice to have some shade over the hatches for taking a siesta! 

                   The kayak is under the Shadetree on the bow.

Debbie covered the furler with silver insulation and the running lights. 
No sense having the sun beat on them all summer.
Here we are in the process of putting up a Home Depot tarp on the bimini. 
We took all the canvas down - cleaned and folded away.
All done being covered. Helps keep the sun, rain and bird poop off.
We have Tony's Boat Management when we are away.
As you can see we took off all four solar panels. We cleaned them and put them away. We will put new fasteners in the clamps that hold them on. This time we will use some dis-similar metal goop on them. Some were hard to get off after 5 + years.
We also took off our string of solar lights around the cockpit. These were to help the pangas from running into us. We are thinking of a new light system. Blue lights, one on the stern, bow and one on the dodger that will come on with a light sensor. That sensor will also turn on the anchor light. This will eliminate the Home Depot solar yard light we put on the bow. It works sometimes and falls into the sea or I knock it into the drink sometimes. Anyway another project.

Debbie saw this on another boat that was "put away" for the summer - pipe insulation around the halyards that go up into the mast.  It was easy to install and will protect the halyards from the elements all summer!
We decided against taking off the Air Breeze wind generator blades
 as "they say" they will take up to 110 MPH winds. Most boats left them on.
Furler block Debbie covered.
We put the cockpit teak grate on the bed and then the Froli bed systems and the foam mattress on the top of it and then some just plain stuff.
Sails in the head.
Defrosted and cleaned out the refer/freezer. 
We ate good then had to give some stuff away to a boat neighbor.
Turned off the propane bottles and bled the line.
Here we are setting up the de-humidifier. We have it draining into the bilge. The other way people do it is to drain it into the sink. That way you need to leave the sink thru-hole valve open. With draining into the bilge we have all our thru-hull valves under the water line closed. The normal humidity is between 35 and 45 percent. We set this at 43 percent. Too low and dry like up in San Carlos in the sea of Cortez and it can crack wood. Too high like here in Mazatlan could create mold.
I am checking things out.

This is the first time we decommissioned the boat for an extended leave - it was a lot of work however well worth it since this is our only home with all of our belongings...we had to protect everything as best we could!

Cap rail re-sealed and re-Cetoled

End of May 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatl├ín Mexico

 We finished sanding the cap rail with #220 sand paper, wet\dry.
This work we saved until we got to a marina because sealing the outside of the cap rail and applying the Sikkens Cetol Gloss Clear Coat to the cap rail and doing the taping would not be easy from on deck dinghy. This way we did some on deck but a lot from the dock.
We feathered in the bad spots on the cap rail (one shown above) as best we could. This one was from the line on the Edson Step when it was connected to the stanchions.
Debbie doing the taping on the inside of the cap rail. This time when we sealed the cap rail we did a bigger portion of the joint so this meant free handing with the brush was not going to work good with the Sikkens Cetol Gloss Clear Coat.
Getting the outside tapped.
Not bad. We had not touched the cap rail for a few years so it was needing a couple coats of Sikkens Cetol Gloss Clear Coat. Some places got damaged by fender lines or kayak or the side step and went to bare teak. 
Debbie took off the Ocean Kayak Malibu Two racks 
so they would not be in the way and polished them.
When adding the Schaefer spring line cleat on the port side we ran into some hidden screws and had to re-locate the chock. This left a couple of holes we needed to plug.
All plugged.
This big line does fine on the Schaefer 8" stern cleat but not so on the original 8" cleat installed by Islander Yachts. The old cleat makes the line dig into the cap rail.
Old cleat with 1\2 inch braided line on it so it will clear the cap rail.

So now the cap rail has been re-sealed on both sides 
and two coats of Sikkens Cetol Gloss Clear Coat applied for the summer.
Not bad all-in-all.