She has arrived!!! Now we will spend the next few days reattaching all her stuff..wiring, fuel lines, new exhaust, cables, alternator, water intake, etc etc...
She ran very nicely on the bench so it is expected she will do it again in the boat. By Tuesday we should be back in the water.
Time for a beer and roast beast sandwich at the James. Enough for now. Was a hard day for the cap't, much like watching a father awaiting his newborn's arrival. Pacing, and pacing. All worn out.
Got the new fiddle over the galley stove installed. See photo.
check the gallery for the final photos for the exhaust. Waiting on the machine shop to give JJ back the head so he can finish the reassembly and run his tests.
01/07/2012, N 34.720729:W 76.652569
Aslteton VA...hmmmm hassleton....nah new graphics will repair this.
Working on the exhaust. Check the gallery for more photos. This is the new exhaust with flapper. The remaining letters are gone and new graphics are heading towards us.
Marina Steve stopped by to say the engine is ready except for the head, the machine shop will have it done by Monday. He is hoping to have Ms. Yanmar home by the end of next week.
If the weather holds out we may be sailing in January...which we have done before - brrrrrr- but this time will be warmer (we hope!!) It surely well be very nice to be back in the water. That means we get to turn on the refrigerator and start eating better instead of camping.
Back to work, starting to hook up the hoses.
01/06/2012, on the hard
Ah...is it spring??? 62 degrees, blue skies, light warm breeze. Nope ! It is January.
Today we are back outside working on the exhaust reinstall. Three inch holes are made, fiberglass tubes are built (a 45 degree angle attached to the straight pipe). Steve is attaching the tube to the hull with epoxy and fiberglass tape, making it waterproof. It will be hidden under the teak riser, we will paint it when I paint the cockpit later this spring. Steve has to cut the hole thru the transom (back of the boat) to install the flapper valve hose exit. We are waiting on a special order 3 inch hose (extra flexible), should be here tomorrow. The final step is to attach the hoses with huge t-clamps and voila' an exhaust system -at least from the water lift to the stern.
We are still waiting news on Ms. Yanmar, JJ is still working on her.
Tonight is beer night, so we are heading over to the Royal James for dinner and maybe a game of pool.
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01/03/2012, onboard cimaise
A Happy New Year...we hope...we hope!!!
We are back onboard cimaise. We spent Christmas week in Virginia "house-sitting" our house while our tenants went on their honeymoon to Mexico. It was fun to have cats and plants again to care for. It was strange to have other people's stuff instead of ours; we actually get homesick for the boat these days. The weather reminded us how lucky we seem to be in Beaufort where it is around 15 degrees warmer and definitely sunnier. BUTTTT.....the next 2 nights -however- it will be well below freezing as a nasty batch of cold weather moves east. By the end of the week it will be back up near 60.
Steve (the marina owner) stopped by to tell us he is shutting off the dock (outside spigots) water for a couple of days but will have it back on the end of the week. A large difference from the Chesapeake where- 1) the marina owner never stops by and 2) the water goes off Nov 1 thru the middle of April no matter what the weather. The live-a-boards there run hundreds of feet of hose to the only freeze proof spigot to be able to fill their water tanks. We will be fine without water, our port tank is full and we are using the marina bathhouse for personal needs.
We are gathering supplies to start the engine exhaust re-install. Barbours Marine (Steve's new favorite store) had almost everything we needed in stock, and affordable compared to West Marine. We have to wait a day for hose clamps (3 inch t-bar) to come UPS from McMasterCarr. Steve has moved the siphon loop as high as possible. foto in gallery The marina repair yard returned to work after their Christmas break and now we will get to talk to JJ about the progress on the engine. We hope that it will go back in this week. Feel kinda empty without Ms. Yanmar around.
We did get stuff done in Virginia. We read around a dozen books, listened to a lot of music and we hauled out our industrial sewing machine and repaired the lee clothes (the hammock like devices that stop you from falling outa your bunk when the boat is heeled over) and made a few more sheet (rope) bags. We are trying to control all the lines in the cockpit and being able to stuff same in a bag is much-more-better than standing on a tangled pile-o-rope. The really important stuff to do before heading offshore- like upgrading the teakettle to a larger size - is getting done. We have now eaten all the frozen premade dinners (for the offshore trip in Nov) and a good chunk of the snacks. Back to the gym tomorrow.
Wow, the wind is just screaming!!! 40+ gusts. I looked at the weather maps and sure do hope our friends in the Bahamas are hanging in there! This is a very nasty weather pattern right now, Britain is getting nailed with 100 mph gusts and there are a couple more lows developing hurricane force winds starting to churn in the Atlantic. Really glad we decided not to sail out there this month! Just waiting for early spring..early-mid march around here and then we can go sailing.
Well that is all the news for now...hopefully not too boring...happy new year everyone from cimaise.
12/14/2011, Front St Beaufort NC
Working on exhaust repair before we leave for Virginia on Saturday. Painting new fiberglass work today. Installed new shaft (cutlass) bearing since with engine out we would not have to pull the rudder. Got all the sewing projects lined up, planning to spend ten days sewing. See new photos in the Beaufort and engine albums.
Back to work, the days are short.