Boats back

Well that was fun. 6 weeks on the hard at Canoe Cove with Raven and Blackline doing great work as expected. Here is a list of what we had done:

  1. New standing rigging including synthetic shrouds
  2. Turning blocks installed at the top of the mast for HF antennas
  3. New radar arch
  4. 1280 watts of solar power and controller
  5. Dynaplate installed for HF radio
  6. 2 new bus heaters installed one in each aft stateroom
  7. 2 coats of bottom paint
  8. Underwater lights installed
  9. New aft hand rails on both sides
  10. Stern tie reel mount added
  11. New holding tank breather through hull
  12. Propane sniffer and alarm installed
  13. Sail drives serviced
  14. Replaced missing sail drive covers
  15. Zincs changed
  16. Max props serviced
  17. Engines serviced
  18. Fuel water separators re located to a more convenient location
  19. Rudder bushings changed
  20. Starboard side rudder repaired. Damage was there when we bought the boat
  21. Installed new 2 person helm seat
  22. Re-bedded both secondary winches
  23. Serviced all winches
  24. Re-bedded forward bimini stanchions
  25. Re-routed starboard jib sheets to helm position.
  26. Miscellaneous blocks and clutches replaced as needed and lines repositioned to reduce chafe
  27. Ordered new main sail
  28. Ordered new hard top for the cockpit

I’m happy with the way the arch and solar turned out. Its darn near big enough to be a helipad but I don’t think it looks out of place. We should not be wanting for recharging capacity.                                                                 

Most of the items on the list were completed but some have been moved on to the new list of remaining items for me to do. Remember a couple posts ago I mentioned making lists. Well I’ve done so many damn lists I now need a list of my lists.

It can actually get almost overwhelming if you look at it all at once. And it can also be frustrating as hell. It seems you can never actually work a single project through to completion without some kind of delay. Trade not available,  part not available, tools at home when you are at the boat or at the boat when you are home. You just have to keep reminding yourself one thing at a time. Work a project till you can’t get any further then move on to the next one.  That’s just part of the program.  So now I have a list of partly completed projects.

The other BIG news…..  the house is SOLD. No turning back now. Looks like its payback on Megan as we will be bumming a room off of her for a month. House sale completes the beginning of March and I’m still working until the end of the March. Her place is closer to the office than the boat is so its weekdays at her place and weekends on the boat for the month of March.

Not a fan of the fan

It was supposed to be a simple install. I found a great deal on not one, but two Hella ventilation fans.  the boxes were a bit rough so I figure the shop found some stale inventory and were blowing them out. They were about half price. How could I refuse?

They were just what we needed as our boat did not have any interior fans in the salon area.  This had been ok for what we have been doing with the boat so far but we wanted to add fans for our upcoming live aboard life. Lagoon even builds in a spot on each side of the cabin top for the fans to be mounted. This sounds so easy. If you have ever worked on a boat, you will of course, already recognize where this is leading.

So we have a morning to kill in Montague Harbour I’ll use this time to put the port side fan in. There is a wood strip on the headliner that holds the pot lights that must be the wiring channel. So off comes the wood strip and yes there is a bit of a wire channel there but not to the fan mounting pad. Out comes the drill and the fish wire. Anyone who has ever tried to fish a wire through 2 quarter inch holes 18 inches apart and at right angles to the path of the wire will understand why it took 4 HOURS to get just the first wire run done.

Now I need to get it to the breaker panel on the diagonal opposite of the cabin. Aft through the cabin top over the door way and into the breaker panel. Another 3 HOURS.  Yes that’s a total of 7 hours to run maybe 15 feet of wire. But yay, woohoo its done almost time for a beer to celebrate lets just hook it up and see how it works.

Power connected, breaker on, fan switched on and the blade begins to spin slowly at first and then still slowly. Barb and I look at each other in disbelief / disappointment.  That’s it? Even on high?  There is barely enough wind to blow out a candle. It looks like its running on half speed.

Half Speed my tired frustrated brain triggers on something. I grab the box that the fan came in. There it is right on the side of the box. Smallish print but very legible. 24 Volts …. 24 volt fans. 12 volt boat power equals half speed.

No wonder they were old and on sale !!!!!!!!!

Anybody want a good deal on some 24 volt fans?  I’ve got two.