Happy Birthday Austin!
26 October 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Our youngest grandson Austin turns three years old today. So we got a chance to skype with him and sing him Happy Birthday, to Captain America, since that is his Halloween costume and they are going to a school dress party tonight. Brother Evan was looking pretty good as Batman, and mom was a very cute Wonder Woman…
Bad News about the scupper repair…. my epoxy adventure, while not a failure, didn’t fix the problem. So we were off to stage 3 of our repair adventure which required removing all the sealant around the fitting. This was something I was hoping not to have to do because it is a product called 5200 which is used to seal stuff above and below the waterline, and as all boaters know they tout this product as permanent…as in never comes off, ever. Actually that is not quite true, but it IS really tough to remove and as you can see from the pictures, it is in a bit of a tight spot anyway (what isn’t on a boat!). BUT, come off it must, so we spent about an hour with a box cutter, needle nose pliers, screwdriver and lots of determination and finally we emerged victorious! And discovered that the problem was actually as Jim suspected (and OK, I’ll admit it, I totally disagreed) but the water was actually back splashing UP from the Clamshell fitting under the boat and entering the boat from the bottom, not the top as I thought. He was right…darn it! Well, anyway once we chiseled all the 5200 off, we could see WHY as there is an opening about ¼ inch on the back side, and 8 years of splashing finally eroded the sealant enough to allow the leak. A judicious application of new, fresh 5200 SHOULD fix the problem. To be sure, we applied just a minimal coat and in 24 hours we will have a verdict!
When the mast was down in the yard there were two things we forgot to do to it, so next on the agenda was me in the riggers chair and Jim cranking me up the mast with a can a dry silicone and some reflective tape. The silicone to lubricate the mast track to allow the main sail to slide freely up and down, and the reflective tape to make us easy to spot at night in the dark with a flashlight. With those tasks done...I needed to relax for quite a while! As I said to Jim on the headset on the way down, ‘Why would anyone choose this as a career?’
This morning another scupper test….and ….Viola! it works! We did it, no more leak! So we cracked out the big tube of 5200 and the caulk gun and sealed the heck out of the fitting. Tomorrow we will add a second coat then the boards go back up and we can put that cabin to rights. We also sealed a few other fittings that needed a touch up while the can was open. As it turned out we developed new skills and spent 5 days on a fix that could have taken one….ahh, projects on a boat!
Last night at happy hour we met some terrific people off an 85 yacht named Fugitive, the owner, Lee, Captain Tony and Mate/Steward Joe. We met with them again in the pool today and discovered that Joe is the nephew of our dear friends Frank & Denise on Ocean Jedi. Small, Small world!