I am back in Pittsburgh

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Overall, This experience was a good one. Even though there was a lot of excruciating hard work as well as soaring temperatures and humidity. I do feel proud of the work I did and I was well worth helping my father with all of the work.

I would like to Wish Dad and Deb a happy and safe retirement.

 

Here are some last-minute pictures.

IMG_20140614_143739_922 photo 1In Big Lagoon near Perdido Key.

Work is almost complete!

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Just thought I would post an update because it has been so long.


 

It was a lot of very hard work and sweltering hot conditions. We got all of the through hulls complete with the new hose arrangements for inlets and outlets. While painting the anti-fouling coats on the bottom, Dad got a good dose of solvent which made him a nervous wreck. I also got exhausted a few times in the process.

Today, almost all of the painting is done The topsides are finished and new decals were put on. They did a really good job with the painting. There is just a little bit of masking off the boot stripe and bottom paint touch-ups.

Tomorrow, we will be expecting rivets for installing new tangs onto the mast. The old tangs were not of the right angle to hold the support cables. after the tans are installed, The shipyard personnel are going to use a boom-truck to lift the mast so it could be bolted down. There still is a problem with the spreader lights though.


We also got some of the other odds and ends worked out. the autopilot course computer was relocated from the engine room to the galley so that it would not overheat. In the process of re-wiring the autopilot, the wiring problem was also fixed. Even though the autopilot is twenty years old, It works!


I also thought I would post some pictures of the progress.

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New paint job and decals from back.

New paint job from side

New paint job from side

 

 

 

Sandblasting almost complete!

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Boy, All that mess. Pretty soon, we will be able to get the boat moved to a cleaner area away from all of that poisonous sand. As the sandblasting is wrapping up, Dad isĀ prepping the cracks in the deck for primer and paint.

All the welding is done and we have to put two more coats of epoxy primer on the boat before the anti-fouling paint is put below the waterline.

Started work

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We started to work on the boat last Friday. We drilled out some of the old steel fittings and replaced them with stainless steel ones. We also eliminated about six holes and are going to move them. It was a lot of welding and grinding.

The boatyard guy is also doing some sandblasting.

 

Out of the Water

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This is the first time the boat has been out of the water since 2005. There is some paint missing, but there in not that much damage. Even though we ran over a floating nun on the Ohio River at night, there is not one chip out of the steel! If that would have happened to a fiberglass boat, it would have cracked. Compare an army tank to an eggshell.

In the travelift

In the travelift

In the boatyard

In the boatyard

Made It to Pensacola Bay!

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Today, We made it! We went to the beach on the opposite side of the Barrier Islands from Big Lagoon. We anchored the boat in Big Lagoon in the Intercoastal Waterway and took the dinghy over to the island. We crossed the sand dunes on a walkway and went out into the surf. There were four foot waves in the gulf. We rode the waves. It was a lot of fun!

Me, standing between the waves

Me, standing between the waves

A  wave crashing into me

A wave crashing into me

Dad, Sitting on the beach with some beer

Dad, Sitting on the beach with some beer

On our way back from the beach, Dad noticed that the dinghy was missing. He swam 1/2 mile back to Aspiration. Aboard Aspiration, He drove until he found the dinghy. After that, He paddled the kayak over to the other bank and drove the dinghy to pick me up. Good thing it was not gone for good!