The chaps are done and hanging the dinghy from arch davits has been tested.
Motor week is officially done… Yea! Most of the projects from here on out are basically putting Endeavor back together, often with new pieces. Each week in the plan is dedicated to a functional area of the boat. This last week was centered on the boat’s propulsion.
The main engine, a Honda 15hp 4-stroke outboard, has been mounted and connected on a new mount I built. The mount brings the outboard as close to the transom as possible and places the propeller at a depth to all but eliminate cavitation (when the prop loses “bite” on the water and the engine races) in rough water.
To store our dinghy outboard on passages a new vertical sliding mount was built. This mount allows the 9.9hp Yamaha outboard to be stored up out of the water and let down vertically to act as a backup engine.
Next week we tackle Steering: the rudders, control cables and outboard linkage.
Peg’s big project the last 3 weeks has been sewing a set of chaps for the rigid inflatable boat, or RIB, our dinghy. The chaps cover the inflatable tubes, both protecting them from the sun and providing rub protection at docks. The base material is UV resistant, with reinforcement around all fittings and a vinyl rub rail around the perimeter. Here is a picture in progress, without the drawstrings drawn or the tubes fully inflated. It will tighten up to be form fitting. Also visible is the box we built under the seat to provide a storage area. A pocket at the bow is for holding lines.
Peg has shown true grit sticking with the project, with great results. The admiral has a whole vocabulary I was not aware of. Must help the sewing process.
Getting ready for a one-year trip on a boat involves a LOT of preparation. Here is the list of stuff yet to do by August 1. Many tasks are an hour or less, but several will take multiple days.
So if you don’t see much of us between now and then… you’ll know why.
|Anchor||Install Lewmar Windlass and Controls|
|Anchor||Make Bow Bridle (OneNote)|
|Anchor||Make Looper’s Loop|
|Anchor||Make Spring Line|
|Arch||Arch Final Polishing|
|Arch||Install Swinging Crane|
|Arch||Make Rain Catcher|
|Arch||Mount Clutches & Tackle|
|Arch||Mount Life Sling & MOB Pole|
|Arch||Mount Solar Clamps & Brackets|
|Arch||Passivate Arch Welds|
|Arch||Test Dinghy Lift & X-Bracing|
|Computer||Movie & Series Collection|
|Docs||Obtain FCC Ships License|
|Docs||Renew PJ Trailer Plates|
|Docs||Renew USCG Registration|
|Electrical||Backlight Power Panel|
|Electrical||Build Bilge Alarms|
|Electrical||Convert Running Lights to LED|
|Electrical||Install LED Interior Lights|
|Electrical||Install Solar Power|
|Electrical||Install WiFi Extender & Hub|
|Electrical||Underwater LED Lights|
|Hull||Repair Gelcoat Dings|
|Interior||New Refirgerator: Dometic 2351|
|Launch||Obtain DOT Permit|
|Launch||Prep Boat & Trailer for Moving|
|Launch||Move Boat to Hudson|
|Mast||Build/Install Radar Mount|
|Mast||Finish Loop Mast Carrier|
|Mast||Install Bail & Ascension Block|
|Mast||Install Bat Cars|
|Mast||Install Flag Halyards|
|Mast||Install Forestay Shackle|
|Mast||Install LED Deck Lights|
|Mast||Install Mast Clutches|
|Mast||Install Radar Reflector|
|Mast||Install Top & Bottom Mast Steps|
|Mast||Install Whisker Pole Track|
|Misc||Mail via American Home Base or Brendans Isle|
|Navigation||Install Plotter, AIS, Radar, Network|
|Outboards||Install 18 Gallon Fuel Tanks|
|Outboards||Install Auto-Tether Audio & Flashing Alarm|
|Outboards||Install Control Binnacle/Controls|
|Outboards||Install Dinghy Outboard Holder|
|Outboards||Install Fuel Manifold/Racor Filter|
|Outboards||Outboard Steering Lines/Release|
|Outboards||Route Outboard Control Cables|
|Papers||Birth Certificate Copies|
|Papers||Health Insurance Documents|
|Papers||International Vaccination Cards|
|Plumbing||Bung Plugs tied to each thru hull|
|Plumbing||Check All Thru-Hulls|
|Plumbing||Re-Install Air Head|
|Plumbing||Route Bilge Pumps to Boards|
|Plumbing||Route Pex Tubing|
|Plumbing||Vent On-Demand Water Heater|
|Rigging||Machine Whisker Pole Ends|
|Rudders||Make Stern Rain Curtains|
|Rudders||Replace Steering Cables|
|Windows||Replace Bimini Top Windows|
|Windows||Replace Cabin Windows|
Welcome to Don and Peg’s blog!
A favorite quote from a favorite movie is:
“Wherever we want to go, we go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and sails; that’s what a ship needs. Not what a ship is. What (a ship) really is, is freedom.” – Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
Seemed like a fitting theme for our blog. This blog is our record of the wonderful year we spent sailing America’s Great Loop. An eventful year of freedom and discovery.
Our first big voyage was the The Great Loop.