Starting To Fabricate The Timber PadsKeith, hot and humid, but not as bad as last week
06/14/2008, Oriental, NC
We are up early at 5:10 a.m. today. That is because we go to sleep early. That is because we work hard in the hot and humid conditions all day, day after day after day. It is also much more comfortable outside in the early mornings and late afternoons. We work in the mornings and use the late afternoons for other things, like having a beer and making and eating dinner. Anyway, every Hydrovane owner has to run the gauntlet of fabricating and installing the timber pads (Matt calls them plinth blocks) before you can get beyond installation of the bottom bracket. Timber pads pick up the space between the straight Hydrovane bracket and Tropical Dreamer's curved deck. I won't bore you with the entire process of fabrication (all at once), but the pads you see in the picture are used to obtain a mold of the actual pad, which has yet to be created. If you are lucky, you will be reading this posting many days from now and you can see the final timber pads without having to hear me complain about crawling into "the hole," as we call the place I go several times a day to work the back side of the bottom bracket of the Hydrovane. Its time to take the dogs for a walk in beautiful Oriental, NC.
Captain's House Bed And BreakfastKeith, morning cool
06/13/2008, Oriental, NC
The law office came to rest in early May. It is now mid-June. It has been over three weeks since we pulled away from the boulder canyon house in Tucson. I drove with the dogs across the country in the motor home. I picked up Matt two weeks ago in Atlanta and drove with him the rest of the way to Oriental, NC. We will have been in Oriental two weeks in a few days. How time flies. The refit is taking longer than expected, which is not unexpected in the world of sailing. I used to envy folks working on their sailboats in the yards for weeks or months at a time. What a simple life, I thought. And it is simple. But ultimately the cruising is the objective and there is the constant desire for the refit to be over so the cruise may begin. The refit takes time. Many who came before me experienced much, much longer purgatory working in the yard to get their boat ready to sail. I am determined to get the boat in the water by the end of the month, if not sooner. I can see there will be plenty to do on the boat in terms of maintenance, but most of that can be done from the water. So its off to work on the boat tomorrow and the day after and the day after until the refit is done.
Matt Taking Over Being Cookie TonightKeith
06/12/2008, Oriental, NC
Matt On The Way To New BernKeith, Nice
Some sort of forest fire was going on close enough to us to bring smoke all throughout the area. What I thought was a mist bringing rain to Oriental was actually smoke from the forest fires. The smoke got worse as we approached New Bern farther inland.
Them there are the cuts I got from working on the sailboat thus far.
The Mark of Things Going OKKeith, Nice
06/12/2008, Back In Oriental, NC
To New Bern06/12/2008
Today the project was traveling to and from New Bern in the motor home. It is 29 miles from Oriental. I got prescriptions filled, we picked up some things at the hardware store, we parked outside the theater for awhile attempting to fix my internet and talking to Will at Hydrovane. We picked up other and sundry supplies in the "big city." Frankly, it was a nice break from the monotonously calm bliss of Oriental. On the way back we stopped and picked up 20 feet of 316 stainless steel tube which we will use to reinforce the bimini so that it will handle the solar panels and become like a hybrid arch. Since we have been driving a scooter and everyone knows everyone in town, the lady asked us how we were going to get the tubing home. I pointed across the street to the 34 foot Rebounder, the perfect vehicle to transport such a long span of tubing. And that we did, to Deaton Yachts, where Tropical Dreamer is located. Unexpectedly, they determined to move the vessel to a new location after 7 months to make room for a big powerboat. We watched as they picked her up with the travelift and moved her to a corner of the yard, perfect, as the foreman said, for the motor home to cozy up into. So on we go.
The Wire ArrivesKeith, HH
06/11/2008, Deaton Yachts, Oriental, NC
I had to buy wire. Wire is expensive. West Marine wanted well over $600 for the wire I needed. Matt found it on the internet for 1/4 that. 12 volt wind turbines produce a lot of power when the wind is big. That power requires a large gauge wire to pass through to charge the battery. Wire is made of copper. Copper is expensive these days. Lugging the box with the spools of wire from the parts department at Deaton to the boat was a struggle. I used the scooter for part of the way. It won't be long before you see pictures of wire being strung. Until then, we are moving forward slowly but surely.
I'm Not Really Smiling InsideKeith, hot and humid
06/11/2008, The Most Difficult Place to Get To In Tropical Dreamer
In order to get to this spot, I had to go below deck into the rear cabin, I had to crawl into the back of the back cabin, I had to unscrew a hatch in the rear, crawl through that hatch, across the open area at the back of the boat, into literally the farthest corner of the sailboat. Once wedged in there, my job was to screw in the bolts that hold the base of the Hydrovane. It was the hardest job I've done physically and mentally since before I became a lawyer and everything I've done here so far prepared me to run that gauntlet. So that smile you see is in reality me thinking "get me the *** out of this hole." In fact, you can just about see me thinking, take the *** picture already and get down there and do what you need to do to the screws so I can get out of here.
Neice Sydney asked for a picture with me and the dogs. Anne requires about 1/2 hour of cuddle time every day or else she starts looking down. Jake, the perfect traveling dog, is just happy to be with us and adventuring.
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