Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

Almost there!!!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Hi everybody. It’s been a while since my last post. The reason is I’ve been working like hell trying to get all my work done: on the boat, the house, the yard……… I’ve taken a few days off from work and I still can’t get it all finished. I’m not complaining. I actually love working on the boat. I’m just trying to convey the enormity of it all. Basically, every square inch of surface area both on the inside and outside of the boat needs to be waxed, varnished (cetol’d), washed, teak oiled, and painted. Thats after all the maintenance work for the engine, plumbing, electrical system. AND on top of all that there’s the repair work to the structure of the boat like replacing parts, fixing leaks…… well I think you get it. (more…)

The Headliner Project

Monday, April 13th, 2009

  As I mentioned briefly in a previous blog entry I’ve been replacing the vinyl on the headliner in the cabin. The old vinyl had turned a hideous pinkish red due to 23 years of fading. I’m replacing all the carpeting and the headliner with the new off-white SeaQuest vinyl from West Marine. In the picture above, I’m in the process of cutting the pattern for the headliner board. (more…)

The Work Goes On

Monday, April 13th, 2009

  Four weekend remaining before I plan on launching the boat. It gets here fast when you’re racing to get all your work done. I’ve been replacing hoses, cetol’n the cabin sole, puting the new vinyl in…. just about everything you can think of… I’ve been working on. The picture above are my cabin top winches I took home to clean and regrease in the comfort of my cellar workbench. (more…)

March Madness

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

My March Maintenance Madness continues……  I’m sore and exhausted today after another marathon day of fixing the boat yesterday. I’ve got so much accomplished already, though still just the tip of the iceberg. The picture above is the steering mechanism. The rudder was loose last year so I had to tighten the steering cables. That in itself is easy. The tough part was tearing out everything just to get at it. You sailors out there know exactly what I mean. Everything in a boat is always in the worst possible place it can be. It’s intentionally designed that way. (more…)

Another Maintenance Update

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

 Lots to report on. Last weekend I went down to Mattapoisett to work on the boat.  Sure enough, as I started looking into things, I found more work for myself. My first project of the day, the steering linkage to the rudder needed tightening up. So, when I crawled into the stern by the steering mechanism, the first thing I noticed was a dark, black mold surrounding one of the plastic thru-hull fittings to the stern. When I went to give the thru-hull fitting a tug to see  what was up, the damn thing just broke off in my hand. (more…)

Boat maintenance update

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

I went down to the boat yesterday to begin my maintenance projects. It was my first trip down all winter. Overall, the boat looked pretty good. The cheapo tarp I covered the deck with had blown to the side, as the picture shows. But, all in all, everything was good. (more…)

Warning for boaters regarding battery connections

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

     This blog entry is a little different than most of what I post. I wanted to put the word out to any boaters who haven’t been informed of the latest safety warnings from the ABYC to replace  the wing nuts on your battery terminals with hex nuts.

     I was one of those people who didn’t know about this recomendation. I was lucky that a fire wasn’t started on my boat, all that happened to me was I couldn’t get my diesel engine started. (more…)

Outboard Engine Saga Nearing An End

Friday, May 30th, 2008

The proverbial light bulb went off in my head last night. As I had mentioned in previous blogs I couldn’t get the water to flow through my Mercury 3.3hp outboard engine’s coolant system. After having put the engine completely back together from cleaning everything possible inside this past winter, I ended up having to open it up and reassemble the engine several more times trying to troubleshoot this problem. In the end, I spent more time on this than actually fixing the engine in the first place.

And I still haven’t fixed it. Yesterday, I had given up and called a mechanic in Mattapoisett (just leaving a message to call me). But something kept gnawing at me. (more…)

Another Winter Maintenance Update

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

  Thought I’d post a picture of Janet teaching our nephew Jack the ropes. Literally. I snapped a couple of pictures of Janet showing Jack how the mooring lines are tied to the forward cleats and how to let them go as we leave the mooring for a daysail. (more…)

Outboard engine repair saga continues …….

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

    I’m soooooooo close!!! I brought the Mercury 3.3 hp engine outside to the back patio this afternoon. Filled  a bucket with water, poured in some gas to the fuel tank ( with extra oil for break in), and gave the starter a pull. Well, the engine started up nicely ( after a few pulls of the starter cord of course), and everything looked good. I was amazed. I started patting myself on the back, thinking what a great job I did for a rookie, until I saw there was no coolent water being expelled. I stopped the engine, gave the side of the engine shaft a couple of knocks, because thats what you do, right? Just bang it a few times and it will work. I started the engine up again, and no luck. There was no coolent water going through the engine. I brought the engine back down to my basement and removed the lower unit to test the water pump manually. I filled a bucket, stuck the lower unit up to the water intake level and twisted the drive shaft to verify whether the water was being pumped up through the tube. It wasn’t. That pointed to a blocked or failed water pump. So I disassembled it and everything I think looked good. My only guess is that the impellor or gaskets are bad and I just don’t know the difference. I’m going to order the parts over the internet right now while everything is fresh in my mind. As I said… I’m sooooooo close :-)