Well, we were here two weeks ago to splash cimaise, she floated..but the engine did not start. It was late on a Friday and the mechanics had - had a enough and after checking the systems did not find the problem. She turned over, but....
We needed to return to Virginia and so put off the yard for a couple of weeks to solve the problem.
So now we are back, hopefully for months...The new shed has been built, there is room to bring additional stuff home as we sort off the weight. We took almost everything off her for the winter on the hard, renting a local storage locker (heated).
Today, we get to clean and start reloading the boat. Tomorrow the mechanic team arrives to start her up. Tomorrow we will have good news I am sure, VAROOM..putt putt putt.
The plans for spring and early summer are to go SAILING, as much and as often as we can. Out to the ocean as the weather permits. March in the Atlantic requires a good weather window so we will be planning accordingly.
Then as hurricane season arrives we will store cimaise on the hard in a well protected yard up the Intracoastal waterway -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intracoastal_Waterway - and then plan to drive out to the Pacific Ocean and back visiting family and friends ( warning warning!! we are coming your way!!)
Then back here in late September to renew the bottom paint and then splash in prep for TAKE TWO!~!!!!~~~~~
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The blog starts again..but tomorrow..we have had a long day..disappointing in as much as the newly repaired engine failed to start. It ran on the bench, but now it will not fire. The mechanics will return.
However, tonight we sleep in our bunk on our soft and moving water bed.
"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made. " Robert N. Rose
The yard wants to wait till March to splash so it will be warm enough for proper sea trials out on the ocean. So we are heading north away from 65 degree temps to upstate NY to begin our early spring/(late winter) visit to family. We will head south from there stopping in NYC, Maryland and Virginia towards the end of the month. Cimaise will stand on the ground and be happier that her crew are not breathing moist air in her. The condensation is much less than in Maryland last winter, but is still there. I will be happier with a bathroom closer than down a 12 foot ladder and a 50 yard hike.
We have completed the winter list and have to wait till spring for the spring list - how clarifying it that!!?? The spring list includes repairing the cockpit paint, I did not prime it correctly and it has flaked. Interlux does not like being painted over easy-epoxy. I will need to sand down to the original Awlgrip primer and then reprime and recoat. The engine work has damaged it too..so it is good to repaint. But it needs to be 75 degrees. March will work.
So this will be my last entry for a while. I will be back on line towards the end of Feb. Check in then. Have a good early Spring! Fair Winds..Mitch
MS. Yanmar is COMPLETE!! Next a splash and then sea trials..photos being added to gallery engine rebuild file as it happens..
but it one of the last items on the to do list..starting it up and checking it out. The LP alarm system has been re-installed and is now functioning. We had bad sensors.
See photos for other projects completed..still missing the engine adaptor!!!**%$#%^&(*&%%^!!!!!
Today 50 mph winds and tropical rains - tomorrow the boat gets scrubbed and the stainless polished..yes I am going stir crazy!! It is Friday..off to the James for my glass of Snowday.
Right whales spotted off Beaufort-Morehead City!!
Right whales are active off SC. Speed restrictions of 10 knots apply to vessels 65 feet or greater in specific areas and times along the U.S. East Coast. It is illegal to approach right whales within 500 yards. To learn more about right whales and rules protecting them, go to: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike/
· Right whales are the rarest of all large whale species and among the rarest of all marine mammal species.
· There are only about 300-400 right whales in the North Atlantic.
· Adult right whales are about 50 feet (15 m) long, and can weigh up to 70 tons (140,000 lbs; 63,500 kg).
· Right whales were severely depleted by commercial whaling; they have a thick layer of blubber, so they float when dead, making them an easy--and profitable--species for early whalers.
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