Well I got the rudder
mounted (drilled) today. I will pull it off and finish sanding and painting it. Was a bit tense trying to make sure the bolts lined up, as well as not having any of the hardware
binding. Done as well as I could today I recon.
I think I may have invented a new tool today...:-) In Mexico
you can buy these "scratchy pad" in 3 different colors/grits. I find they are simply unbeatable at getting paint and epoxy
off of stuff without damaging the under stuff. I hooked the heavy scratchy up to my vibrator sander and cleaned up all my chain-plates and rudder hardware
today. Worked really well.
Found this shot while looking for one to another thread about wind
vanes. Man how could you not want a wind-vane. In this shot we are trolling about 7 to 8 kts.....boat is steering
itself. Gotta love it.
Maren: to answer your question I would go back a bit. when I got the boat I knew it was going to need some "detailing" It was really well built but the last 5 years of Sea of Cortez
Sun and constant live aboard left it in need of a refit
. It was at the end of a wear cycle. I determined to look past a lot of the cosmetics and just go sailing for a while. I sailed almost every day for many months. Day-sailing out from my house in Mexico is easy. I had a ball. It allowed me to enjoy the boat and have friends on and all that. But more important I could see what needed doing first and what I thought was important and not. I mean every thing from the running lights to the plumbing
to the windows on and on and on.
I figure after 30 years of shipyards on big boats it comes down to this.
...gotta fix the stuff that is broke. At least the stuff that you NEED to sail and function
...gotta keep the stuff up and running before it breaks and leaves you stranded.
#3 Improvements....this is where you get to upgrade to new goodies and shiny stuff that all the other boats have.
Well it is easy to want to start at #3...:-)
Our plans so far for Corazon is get it newly rigged with Dux dead-eye rigging and get it in the water
. Get it out in front of the house and finish up a bunch of the deck
fittings/interior clean ups. We did a very fast paint job on the ugly floorboards, and bought a new 3 burner stove that will relace the rusty piece of junk that was there. Things like that.
I will keep the 9.9 H.P Yamaha outboard
for now. Rann and I are looking at a 13 H.P. diesel
. I want to be ready to cruise
before I go to work in Ak. in Jan. to fish
. We plan to cruise
south to at least La Paz
in March, April, May. No fancy electronics
(I have way to any of those at work) A Lot of good anchor gear
and paper charts
and a couple small handheld GPS's. Is plenty for this area.
That's kinda it in a nutshell. If I can ever swing work I want to single-hand to Hawaii
and maybe back to S. California
before returning here to the Sea of Cortez. That's about all the plans I have for now.
I already have "next shipyard" list going. I want to strip and paint the mast
, replace the floors with something nice. Install a real icebox/fridge maybe in the floor below the table. Maybe not I will have to look at all that. Electric
wise I am real simple. Although I do have 3 / 80 watt Kyrocea panels
that I got off another boat. Same boat I got the tri-color mast head anchor
strobe. I have already ordered the new bulbs from Dr. LED via a reco from Roy. Man at $49 each they better be the cats meeowoo I tell ya. But if the anchor light burns on 1/10 of an amp, I should be able to leave it on 24/7 out in front of my house.
I am due for a new mainsail
and stay-sail. Just had Tony Morrelli (his brother is the big time cat designer) Sew up my main. He is cruising here with his wife and makes sail repairs
on the side. Said I might get another year outta the main. I want to spend the money
, and anchors, and slick bottoms and hardy paint jobs. Part of it is a long time belief in the Searunner
Jim Brown way of seafaring, and the other part is I stare at 17 screens (at last count) not counting all the radios and satellite
com stuff for a living......So I enjoy feeling the wind
and do not need to look at a dial indicator to tell me where the wind is coming from....:-)
We will be gone for a few days to go on short road trip to Matzalan to have turkey
with some old friends. Hope every one has a very thankful thanksgiving....:-)