A Garden Patch In Oriental, NCKeith, a misty foggy morning
Wind Turbine Is InstalledKeith, hot and humid.
06/25/2008, Oriental, NC
There hasn't been enough wind at the storage yard to see if it works, but the power test (two lights of the red light) was a success. Weeks of work (Matt's work) went into the installation of this machine. May it provide lots of eco-friendly power to Tropical Dreamer. Note the solar panels on top of the bimini. We've been working on the wiring of those babies for several days now. You can also see the brackets for the Hyrovane have been installed and it is just about ready for the main drive unit. Tomorrow afternoon Matt is going home, so it is going to be a busy day (again).
Shore Walk In OrientalKeith
The Hex Is LiftedKeith, morning cool
06/24/2008, A residental street in Oriental
This is going to sound odd, but now that I think it's over, I'm going to share it.
It Won't Be Long Now...Keith, Early Morning Cool
06/22/2008, Oriental Town Dock
My Attempt At Fixing A Leaking PortholeKeith
I've graduated to level 7 on the Matt scale of mechanical proficiency. I don't know how many levels there are, but I don't think level 7 is that high in the celestial scheme of things. I have grave doubts about the water tightness of that repair. I'll let you know how it turns out. Nice picture though.
Matt Installing the Ground WireKeith, summer NC weather
06/22/2008, The Aft Cabin Under The Engine Cover (Not Normally Visible)
Today is Sunday. Most everything is closed in Oriental, except for the grocery store (and the churches, of course). We did our shopping, among other things such as laundry, dishes, dog walk and feed, organzing documents, skye phone calls to family and a few friends, and cooking and eating. Earlier this morning we did some work on the boat, including installing the wire above, installing the 50 amp breaker for the wind turbine, and pumping up the Walker Bay Dingy Inflatable and putting into the water to check for leaks. I have been washing my boat lines in the free washing machine at the self storage rv park we live in (presently) to freshen them up. They are clean and new looking. Now I need to figure out how they go back on the boat. The dock lines were pretty straight forward, but the jib sheet may be installed wrong. I'll have to check that out more. Note the appearance of the Phil Collins shirt again. I've had it for over 20 years and it never got worn until now. The Israeli Phil Collins shirt I have is being saved as a treasure of the 1980s - I just cannot allow it to be worn, especially for boat work. On a completely unrelated note, Matt revealed to me two days ago that he didn't know who James Taylor is. James Taylor, the Robert Frost of American music. So I've been playing him the best of James Taylor off of U-Tube on the Internet.
The Solor Panels Are MountedKeith, plenty of sun
06/22/2008, Deaton Yachts
I managed to pull this picture off of Matt's internet site. Those are the two kiocera 135 watt panels. Their weight is why we needed to reinforce the bimini with four stainless steel tubes and associated brackets and hardware (including having two stainless steel plates fabricated). Between the support bars and the panels themselves, the bimini is now extremely sturdy. Presently we are in the wiring phase. Unfortunately, the wire they sent with the package was completely inadequate and we are awaiting the shipment of new wire (I think I've written all of this already). We are three weeks into the refit and it is looking that a full month will be necessary to get Tropical Dreamer ready to splash. Then I can tackle the next set of challenges, whatever they may be. I've gotten used to Matt's keen ability to problem solve and will need to handle what comes on my own. His work on this refit is greatly appreciated.
Matt Holding The On-Off Switch For the Wind TurbineKeith
06/21/2008, Aft Cabin Hanging Locker, Tropical Dreamer
Matt's following wants more picture of him. This is Matt holding one of today's wiring creations (before shrink wrapping those black pieces). From what I saw today, Matt is particularly good at the wiring part of the refit.
6 Guage Marine 12 Volt Wire With a Connector I Soldered On And Shrink WrappedKeith
06/21/2008, Deaton Yachts
Not bad for a rookie.
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