S/V ORCA is on the hard
for few days.
The Hirshfeld Yacht Contractors pulled the shaft and the prop today. We found out that the hose that goes from the packing gland
to the stern tube was split. If we didn't find that, it would have sent ORCA to the bottom really quick. This was the reason ORCA was hauled out immediately.
The prop was rotten. When the prop puller was put on it, they smacked the puller with a hammer and the prop popped out and hit the ground sounding like an empty milk carton. It had no ring at all. The prop fractured and pieces of it broke off.
Today Orca got a new transducer. Also, David has been removing old derelict electric wiring
filters and all the associated plumbing
. The shift lever for the old crashbox was also removed.
He also had a look at the new Beta 38 today. He stood there with his tongue hanging out and tail wagging. The engine
is beautiful. There will be 3/4 of an inch of free space all around the engine
when installed. It s a tight fit.
Everything that is serviceable on the engine is easily accessible as it's located on the front.
Things to do tomorrow:
There will be power on the boat so he can work after dark. He will be replacing all the valves on the thru-hull because they are leaking around the valve stem. The Hirshfeld Yacht Contractors will come and install the new motor-mounts and the new supports for the stringers.
The bottom will be wooded and receive a new coat of bottom paint
. David will be replacing zinks and he will be adding some new zinks as well, as he does not think that what is there is adequate.
He will also install sea strainer and Racor
Also, Alan Hugenot, the surveyor
will be there at two o'clock...
The tentative plan is that the prop, the new shaft and coupling should be there on Thursday after they are fitted and faced. Thursday after the shaft goes in, they are going to install the engine.
ORCA is really drawing a crowd. In addition to the regular admires, This morning when ORCA was leaving her berth, two old sailors in their seventies turned around and followed her to see where she was going. They came and milled around her for few hours (actually hours) and finally came and talked to David. They kind of shyly asked if they could come aboard and take a look inside. They really didn't want to ask, but they could not help them selves.
They thought it was like a suite, with all the mahogany, teak
and yellow cedar finished bright, and all the bronze fittings. David had spent the whole weekend cleaning
and oiling all the bulkheads and cleaning
the varnished overhead.
He has a lot of pictures, but they will be given to me after he is back in Alaska
. It would cost a fortune to send them on the Internet
as the WIFI
charges per each megabyte because he is out of state, and he rather spent the money
Will give you an up-date as we go along...
...and one more thing. According to the radio
, the temperature is in the lower 40's. David has no heat on because he does not want the planks to start drying.
So sleeping bag it is...a small sacrafice on his part...