The new mount is built for the A/C pump and is ready to be reinstalled. I’ve started stripping 1000 years of Cetol from the cockpit seats. As you can see, it really is a beautiful teak underneath. I’ll be finishing these with Semcoat instead to keep that gorgeous color. New magnesiums are ready to install as well. It appears that the boat has had the original, factory zincs on board.
Well Turtle Chaser is out of the water and ready for her winter nap. The only thing left to do is get her shrink wrap on. Of course I still need to try to get the last couple of toe rail sections done and of course, the winter projects like cleaning and resealing the cockpit seats, the swim deck teak and fixing the AC pump mount, but that’s stuff for another posting.
Well this weekend was all about the toe rails on Turtle Chaser. Candy and I spent all weekend stripping the layers of Cetol off, sanding and applying 2 coats of Semco. The heat gun was a godsend as it allowed the Cetol to lift right off with a scraper. Still, backbreaking work. Even with the whole weekend, we still have 2 sections of the rail to strip, sand and finish. The wind was up and we didn’t want all that crud going into the water around the boat. I have to say though, the portions that are done look fantastic! Yeah, hard work but worth it in the end. Next, the cockpit seats…grrr.
Well, it’s begun. We got to boat last Friday and saw our new dodger in place! Yeah! Yesterday I visited the boat to make sure everything was good and found Boat Tailors redoing the patterning for the bimini and enclosure. With any luck, only a little longer until we are under cover.
Well we completed our first destination sail. We made the run from Kenosha to Port Washington. We took along a few friends from our sailing club, the Northwest Sailing Association (NWSA). 3 boats made the trip and I think everyone had a good time. Of course, no trip is without its mishaps and issues…for instance, we lost air conditioning so we all sweated our buns off all weekend. The upside is everyone lost about 10 lbs HAHA. One of the other boats had a stuck furler mainsail. Somehow the sail managed to get itself folded near the top of the sail. 4 guys and 5 hours later we got it unstuck and back up.
As for the air conditioner, I knew it was an airlock but for the life of me I could not find the bleeder valve. At first I thought it was a bad pump but that turned out to be a dead end. I finally found it under a galley cabinet and 30 seconds later, voila! Air conditioning! My apologies to Bill, Peggy and Casey. I wish I had found it two days ago (pffft). The good thing is that I now know were the stupid thing is!
I know Candy and I learned a lot on this trip. Since there wasn’t a breath of wind the whole time, we motored up and back. The breeze was quite nice while we were in port of course!
Bottom line, a really fun weekend with good folks. Good food and Port Washington is a lovely little town. The marina is very nice with plenty to do within walking distance…including the beach.