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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Country Road In Oriental
Keith
06/17/2008

This is the road off of the main drag in Oriental. We walk it pretty much every morning. There is little to no traffic at that time of day so one hears the birds chirping and the neighbors coming outside with their coffee in the early morning.

In Spite Of The Hard Boat Work We Eat Well
Keith
06/17/2008, Self Storage RV Park, Oriental, NC

As you may recall, my first attempt at tacos on this trip did not go well. This time, they were great. Without a doubt the best (and only) Mexican food in Oriental NC is served at El Singero's.

Anne Gets A Shave
Keith, hot and humid, but getting used to it
06/17/2008, Self Storage RV Park, Oriental, NC

I had both dogs shaved before we departed (Anne a few weeks before Jake) but it is a month since I did Anne and she's starting to get thick with fur again. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but with all the heat and humidity, it just can't be comfortable for her. I've started getting the dogs adjusted to being without air conditioning, but it will be a lot better for them if they are not covered with a lot of fur in this weather. In a few months when I'm in Maine and it is much cooler, I can let them grow out again, but now, in North Carolina, they are best kept shaved. As you can see, Anne doesn't seem to mind.

Still Working The Timber Pads
Keith
06/16/2008, Oriental, NC

Because we are constructing the timber pads out of a marine plywood base, it is necessary to resin coat them several times, paint them with epoxy, and then paint with outer color, in order to make them as waterproof as possible. It is excruciatingly time consuming, but Matt seems to thrive on it (note the appearance of the Phil Collins shirt again, "No Jacket Required"). Will we ever get done with the three major projects (wind vane, solar, and wind turbine)? Keep tuning in and see. The final construction may be done this week, or not. Of course, there are so many other potential projects on a machine this complicated it seems I'll be working on them all summer while cruising. Come Fall, the boat should be in as good a shape for long distance cruising as I can make it. This assumes Jake and Anne are up for the adventure. They are so happy with all the freedom in our gated self storage neighborhood it may be difficult for them to adjust. We'll see. Finally, I've been using Matt's computer because my internet has been dead for days. I'm going to either have to come up with some internet myself or start blogging a lot less frequently.

Cutting The Hydrovane Arms To Size With a Hack Saw
06/16/2008, Deaton Yachts in Oriental

It took about 20 minutes to get through the 2 inch stainless steel pipe. One more arm to go. We'll probably have the yard cut that one.

Another Morning In Oriental, NC
06/16/2008

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Engine Degreased
Keith, hot and humid, but starting to rain so not so hot
06/15/2008, Deaton Yachts in Oriental

It is Sunday today and we had a slow day since nothing was open and the parts deliveries don't arrive until Monday (except we did receive a replacement bolt in the mail from Hydorovane as one of the 10 mm main bracket bolts galled right out of the box and they don't stock metric very well in Oriental). Among other projects (i.e. rear deck platform fabrication), we spent a good two hours degreasing the engine. In the process we identified a few rubber hoses that probably need replacing. It looks pretty clean from one bottle of Nature's Orange, don't you think.

Creating A Timber Pad
keith, hot and humid
06/15/2008, Deaton Yachts in Oriental

This photograph may help you to better understand the concept of the timber pad. The reason these things are so important is that they help the self steering system to be strong and rigid, which makes for more accurate and reliable steering. There are three brackets to the boat on my Hydrovane. Matt has been sanding and prepping the two timber pads (the third bracket falls on a perfectly flat part of the boat and there is no contour to fill in with a timber pad). This afternoon we will resin them. Then the boatyard will apply an epoxy layer and then a layer or two of paint. They should last for many years and be very strong and extremely accurate as they are molded directly from the hull. The process is very time consuming. But I guess I won't mind if my self-steering system works when I really need it. The guy at the yard said that it would have been better to get an Auto Helm 6000 (I already have a 4000), which would have been installed in 1/2 a day. I disagree.

Another Smurf In Oriental
Keith, hot and humid
06/15/2008, Oriental, NC

This used to be a white shirt. I have been underneath the boat sanding down the old ablative paint in preparation for the three cans (at $100 each) of new stuff, which will go on shortly before the boat is ready to go in the water.

The Hydrovane Rudder
Keith, HH
06/15/2008, Deaton Yachts in Oriental

We have been in Oriental, NC for two weeks. We're still working on installing the Hydrovane, the wind turbine, and the solar system, among other various and sundry projects (bottom paint, dingy repair...) Granted it is taking longer than expected, but in return we are getting the opportunity to work as a team in challenging conditions. I'm learning a lot about the boat and getting into parts of it that I wouldn't have explored. I am also learning a lot about how to use tools and build stuff on a boat. I have learned, without question, that I am profoundly more able-handed at litigating than I am working a bolt that requires nuts turned in different directions. Sometimes I can't even get a wrench into an odd position and Matt has to turn his nut and mine. The same is true for threading bolts with washers and nuts. I have yet to master a technique for doing this with one hand on a bolt that comes down from the top. It is frustrating to have to ask Matt to thread my bolts and washers. Making things worse is the heat. Even on nicer days, it is hot in the middle of the day. Today we were about to drill a hole to install one of the Hydrovane brackets at around 2:00 p.m. and it was so hot, neither of us could think straight. We just dropped the tools and went home to rest and cool off. The little Yamaha Zuma 50 2 stroke scooter has been a MVP of the trip thus far. We have used it quite a bit, at least several times each day. And the Rebounder, with practically all the comforts of home. I think Jake and Anne are as happy or happier here than back in Tucson. They love the grass in front of the RV and the morning walks. The gear install should be finished within the week, then maybe another week more or less on my own doing finishing touches, then the cruising begins.

 

 
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