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Friday, November 25, 2011

I Spent 10 Hours Working on the Boat Today!!

I can't wait to get back to work... A day off can really be a lot of work....
It was a long day but very productive... A few days ago I made a list of 39 wiring jobs that still needed to be finished. today I was able to cross 10 of them off the list.. yikes! that works out to 1 job per hour... At this rate it looks like I have about another 29 hours to go....

There were really strong winds but the temperature was warm. It was a beautiful day.


The closet where all the wiring comes together is getting really busy.... But hopefully life will be easier when the job is finished... I hope I will get a few more hours to get a little more done tomorrow...



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Thursday, November 17, 2011

ONLY 956 Days To Go....

That's right folks, 956 days from today we will be leaving this cold snowy crap FOREVER!! (Or at least until I have lost my mind and I don't care any more)... As I arrived at the boat today THIS is what I found!!!!! %##&**^%$$%



After my heart stopped its palpitations I was able to get on the boat and continue with the wiring project... All the work Shelley did tidying up the other day seems to have been over run by some kind of gremlin... I just can't seem to catch those rascals... Every time I turn around the boat looks like a disaster again... hmmmm... You have to hate when that happens...


Well that said, the heaters seem to be working well and I am making some progress with the wiring. today I got all the RED lights installed... This lighting system will be used when we are under way... Red lights don't seem to affect your night vision too much and it will make getting around the cabin easier and safer...




I also run a bunch more cable for the aft lighting the galley lighting and accessories, the power for the propane safety shut-off, and the mid-ship and aft fans and accessories... The Electrical cupboard is looking busier and busier...All in all, not a bad day...

Last thing... Good news.  Apparently our steering units are on their way back from wherever they were and they have been re-built and are working great I'm told... Can't wait to get them re-installed and working...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It Is Starting To Get Frustrating!

Frustrating might be an understatement...  My brother in law brought me a role of vinyl flooring, It is great industrial stuff and some glue to adhere it... The plan was to glue it to the shower ceiling...  All was going well until gravity took over...  The small piece I cut just kept falling off the ceiling.  Being a genius, I then took some plywood and 2x4's and wedged the piece to the ceiling.  24 hours later I returned to remove the braces and the whole thing fell down... grrrr. 

So, is the glue no good? Is it too cold? (it was 70 degrees when I installed it and it went down to about 40 degrees over night)...  I have replaced the braces for another 24 hours and hope it will stay in place...

Next, I tried to put some corner molding into the stall only to discover after I glued it in that I used the wrong glue... What I intended to use was construction adhesive, and what I mistakenly grabbed was mirror adhesive... BLACK!  I will wait for it to cure then, scrape it off and try again... 

Thinking that this was all a bad idea, I decided to do some wiring instead...  As I lifted the toolbox lid to get a spool of wire out, I had left a little compartment in the lid open (which was filled with about 1000 wire connectors) which dumped all over the salon floor and down into the engine compartment.....

After all of that, I just quit for the day...

Here are some pictures of projects the went better over the last few days...




Most of the watermaker is now re-installed... Somehow I lost some of the washers that seal the tubing so I hope before too long they will re-appear or I find some replacements...  The only component not yet re-installed is the compressor that will go on the engine... For that I need to find someone who can build me a bracket... any ideas?


A friend from church, Larry came on Friday and built this wonderful door in the shower stall.  I have ordered a mirror that I will glue on later...