Hi all. I should post at least something for 2017. I was replacing my house and start batteries
today and wanted to check to see when I installed them. It looks like i got about 5 years out of them. Not too bad. I then realized how long it has been since i posted here and feel a little bad. Here is 2017 in a nutshell:
I pulled the boat last month and did a quick bottom job. Decided to go with dark blue Cucote and black trilux on the saildrive
. I put 4 coats of Interlux
Interprotect 2000 over the saildrive
and prop. I had great luck with the Biocop, but did not want to pay the $500 extra. The saildrive zinc was trashed, but the Interlux
Interprotect 2000 did a fantastic job keeping the saildrive protected. I went 2.5 years between bottom job and will never do that again (I do get the bottom cleaned monthly). I will try to shoot for every 18-20 months. I also compounded and waxed the hull
while out and changed the saildrive fluid.
I also stripped an re-varnished the headliner
in the fwd head
an the fwd stateroom.
I also had about 90 pieces of teak
trim that were not installed when I acquired the boat. It took a while, but I managed to find a home for all but 25 pieces.
I also purchased a new 9.9 Mercury 4 stroke
and am very happy with it. I use Ethanol free fuel
and it has performed flawlessly.
quadrant never fit the boat and I ended up sending it to a fabricator and having it modified. It works well now and I have not lost
steering once since it has been modified.
I also reassembled and repaired the teak cockpit
grate. That was a decent amount of fun and so far the repair
has lasted over a year.
I had a little fiberglass repair
I needed to do on the deck
. I must have missed a few screw holes that had silicone in them when we redid the non skid. I ground it out and threw on a quick patch.
Also after 9-10 years of school
and more than few years of non employment/terrible jobs, I finally have a good job with a great company. I have also been living aboard
for the last 6-7 months. I really need to get the stove
replaced and a new LPG system installed as well as get marine air conditioning
installed. But, it is winter
here in FL and I will be too busy sailing to complete those jobs. I will start those during the summer.
Hopefully I will have some updates this year, but I do not have many projects planned for the next 6 months.