I have to say I am remiss in posting to our blog

I am not sure whether it is writers block, a lack of subject matter or possibly to much to do around the boat.  Ok it might be I’ve just been lazy.  So I’m going to give the blog shot today and try to refine them in the future.

I have been taking photo’s where ever we go and have started formulating blogs on birds, trees, boat projects, and travel.  As a writer I prefer illustrating in pictures as much as possible.  Mostly because I’m not a very accomplished writer.  So please be patient with me and I will get back to the blog again.

A special note to our family and friends back in Minnesota.  Stop sending your weather our way!!!  Just because your jealous does not mean we wish to have you share it with us.  So until further notice KEEP THE COLD UP NORTH IN MINNESOTA where we know you’ll enjoy it.

So until Monday have a great weekend.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Bottom Painting Shelsea, Matt and Rita’s 40 foot C and C

You bottom paint a boat to prevent growth and barnacles from destroying the hull.  They can actually eat right through the hull and create holes.  Bottom paint works to prevent that from happening by sloughing off the paint and anything that has attached itself slowly over a couple of years.  This means you have to repaint every year or two.

Matt and Rita needed to repaint the bottom of Shelsea, and we offered to help.

They had to take it down to Seven Seas boatyard and have it pulled out of the water.

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These pictures show the damage that is done over time and how you get it ready to paint on jack stands.

Matt in his glory

Matt in his glory

Rita

Rita

Tam

Tam

Rita & Tam

Rita & Tam

Rita with Buddy

Rita with Buddy

So that was the work crew.

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Started by putting the ladders up and taping Shelsea off.

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After a lot of rolling and brushing two coats later Shelsea is looking much better.  The sorry part is when you put her into the water you can’t even see the paint.

Matt and Rita have a retractable keel so that had to be painted in the hoist.

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So we all gathered for the relaunch, after which Matt and I brought her back to the marina.

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Of course Buddy, Matt and Rita’s Dachshund gave the final approval.

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It took a total of three days but was a worthwhile project and Shelsea will continue to float.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Getting “Adventure” back in shape a trip up on the hard

 

We arrived in Daytona Beach on Sunday then contracted a virus on, the computer,  Monday.  Then on Tuesday took “Adventure” to Seven Seas Marina to have her hauled out of the water and put up on the hard on Tuesday, for repairs.

We left at sun up on Tuesday morning so we could be at Seven Seas at 8AM.  We were down to just 1.8 knots with the vibration from the motor and prop.  We saw a few rowers on the river that early.

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Plus a few eagles out early.

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When we got there they were just opening up.  They needed us early so it would be high tide.  As we draw 6 feet they were concerned about us making it to the lift.  It worked out well and here are a few pictures from the lift.

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After we got her on jack stands we got a good look at the damage she had gone through.

The strut had failed completely and we realized the old hole had not been patched with epoxy but rather filled in with a rubber type putty.  The stress fractures in the old hole were apparent.  They were passable from outside inspection however not visible was the failed fracture.

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The bolts had sheared and failed then fallen out.  This was caused by the shaft bending and creating a vibration that broke them.  The bent shaft was caused by the line thrown into rthe prop by the boat “helping” us off the shoal 4 weeks earlier. The damage was not immediately visible.

When we took the strut off we realized they had not repaired the stress fracture from last year when they repaired the shaft.

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They did not repair the crack visible in these pictures.  They only put a metal plate over the top of it.

We removed the putty and injected epoxy into the crack then layered fiberglass over that, finally putting a smooth epoxy filling to flush out the hole.

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A sheared bolt I pulled out from the top

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Temporary bolts I put in to plug the holes until we could get it out of the water.

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Again the temporary bolts.

Inside we removed the plate from the bottom added 1/2 inch of fiberglass cloth and epoxy then smoothed it out with another 1/4 inch of epoxy.  Making the patch almost 1 1/2 inches thick with the addition of another 1/4″ aluminum plate. IMG_5958 IMG_5959

After removing temporary bolts, plate, and removing all the 3M 5200 putty they had on top of the fiberglass.

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The finished aluminum plate bedded in 1/2 inch of epoxy.

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The propeller shaft needed to have a new bolt made for it.  Thanks Mat for taking me to Dave to manufacture it for us.

We also had to have the shaft straightened and repair the prop.  Badly worn and holding on with only a cotter pin.  Rebolted then aligned the motor was aligned with the shaft.  A lot of work but the end result is solid.

I spent time in the hole sanding and prepping the work so Tam caught me actually working.

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We need to acknowledge the friends we have met here that guided us, drove us, and were the keys to getting “Adventure” back into the water.

If it had not been for Mat and Rita driving us around and knowing people that could do the job at reasonable prices, plus guiding me through the bedding in epoxy and aligning the shaft the cost would have soared as we paid the marina to do those items.  A super special thanks to Mat and Rita.

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Mat & Rita

We humbly thank you for everything.

George and Sarah we originally met when we were here last year and they invited us back.

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Sarah

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Mat standing and George seated

 

Garth directed us to George last year and set off a chain reaction for us.

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Garth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

 

A Day of issues Charleston SC Wildlife and issues

Start with the issues.  We ran into a low tide and couldn’t get through.  We had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the tide to rise so we could continues.  We had hoped to get a long way today but between waiting for the tide and waiting for a swing bridge to open for us we only got 40 miles.  Not good distance however we saw some awesome wildlife.

First while we were waiting for the tide Tam saw this bald eagle.  Very majestic.

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Then came the dolphins.  We actually saw several of them but finally got some pictures.

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Then when we anchored the boat we saw another bald eagle sitting on top of the mast of a boat next to us.  This was a young adult and he was up there preening himself.

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So an interesting wildlife day.

Then comes the bad news.  Yesterday while going through Charleston the boat started vibrating badly.  It happened while we were in gear.  The sump pump started running frequently.  We checked the drive train area and saw water coming from the place were the strut hand been repaired last year.

The issue was manageable with the sump operating so we motored down the ICW 2 miles,until we located an anchorage and threw the hook.  After we anchored I went below and checked the strut repair.  When I grabbed the 2 forward bolts they came out.  I believe they sheared from when we had issues with the line going through the prop the other day.  So now we had water shooting up 3 inches, like a fountain, out of those holes then running to the bilge.  The first good news was the sump pump was keeping up with the flow of water.  Well the other day when we went into Georgetown to get the new alternator belt we also picked up a couple of 3/8″ hex cap bolts.  I thought I would replace the alternator bolts as well.  However they did not fit so I set them aside.   Well yesterday they were over sized for the hole but they cross threaded and created a very tight fitting bolt.  I used both of them and the leak stopped.  The water stopped running and the sump pump did not go off all night long.  Some one was looking after us because what were the chances of buying just the right bolts the day before I needed them.   Thank you Lord.

We will test out the bolts and see if that they continue working and hopefully we will be able to find stainless steel ones and replace them with stainless.   For now we will continue our journey.  I wish we were close to Point Judith because Don could get us what we need.  Hi Don, Ann, and Tim.

Well we had better get going next blog will Saturday.

“Living The Dream”

   “Sometimes the Nightmare”

      Tammy & Steve

 

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