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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Galley Is Coming Together....

Today my friend Dereck (a great refrigeration guy) came by and together we began to process of moving the cooling unit for the refrigerator... In the process we discovered that whoever did the previous installation decided to only install half the cooling system for the unit...when we re install it, we will install it the way it should have been done in the first place.... Oh well...






 







The other accomplishment for the day was the installation of the galley counter backsplash... I think it looks GREAT! in a few days when I find a warm day I will grout it finishing one big project. While I was at it, I made a bracket for the cutting board we picked up the other day... that thing was custom made for our boat!





I also started to move some tools back into the workshop in the focile. After spending hours trying to find all my sockets and wrenches, Shelley and I decided to just buy some new ones and sell the old ones on Kijiji... These sockets are especially cool because they are color coded, so I can grab the right size with trying to find my glasses to read the tiny number on the side...

All in all, a pretty productive week!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Quick Update...

I was lucky to find a couple of free hours today... In that time I managed to finish installing the galley countertops. I was then able to put the hinge on the dry goods cupboard.



My last little job was to install a wireless motion detector alarm on the boat... There may be some places we will visit one day that might need a little discouragement for someone who visits the boat while we are not home.... We will see...

After supper tonight, Shelley and I went to Home Depot and found some beautiful tiles that will become the backsplash for the galley. Then we went to Walmart and found an awesome cutting board that we will use to cover the stovetop when it is not in use. This board will also make more usable countertop space...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Galley Coming Together.....

Today I picked up the new counter tops from a wonderful carpenter named Jake.  A cabinetmaker by trade he made use some new laminate counter tops.  As I installed them today I found that one of them needs to be shaved down a bit, but the one the the sink goes into worked just great.  After fitting the sink I installed the new tap and the hand pump tap.  then I managed to get the whole drain system installed and the sink glued/siliconed into place..






The last thing accomplished today because the temperature was above freezing was a pedestal base for the Pilot House helm seat...  it looks great and works really well..




All in all a pretty successful day, although just once I would like to get something COMPLETELY finished... :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Starting To Re-Install Steering....

Well, I finally have all the pieces I need to re-install the hydraulic steering system...  As you saw from the previous post the lower helm went pretty smoothly.  This week I started on the upper helm and wouldn't you know it, everything isn't going a smoothly as I hoped...  When I re-did the decks I planned to re-locate the steering lines that went from under the seat to the binnacle (steering wheel).  originally the hoses were hidden under a triangular channel that all we ever did is trip over.  We have now run the lines along the header of the cabin under the cockpit.  when I calculated the length, I thought there was enough hose to make it.... Well, who knew, I was wrong again...  Now the hose comes up about 6 inches short...  A quick call to my friends at the Hydraulic Store tells me I should be able to extend the hoses without too much trouble...  I will try to order what I need this week...




Just so the day wasn't a complete waste, I re-installed the hydraulic pump for the auto-helm...

I was so happy I found a small electric motor repair place that was willing to re-build the motor...The price was great and now I may not have to replace the auto-helm... Lets hope...


The Toronto Boat Show was good to us... We found 2 toilets and connected with a stainless guy who we think will do a good job making our transom arch.

Next week we will head off to the mailbox and pick up 50' of waste pipe and plumbing parts...  While we are there we will be picking up our repaired wind generator.  The people who distribute it in the USA are located just down the road from our mailbox, so they sent it off to Germany a few months ago to repair it...  It turns out they covered the repair under warranty!  Even though we aren't the original owners... What a great bunch of people...  We will pick up a new set of blades while we are there and an electric brake switch...


Today I took over Shelley's kitchen again and sorted out about 6 boxes of miscelaneous screws and hardware...  A BIG job, but now that the stuff is sorted out, I hope I save time not taking 10 minutes every time I need a fastener... I also have removed every slotted screw from my inventory of spare parts.  I did not throw them out, but I now have all the phillips (star) and Robertson (square) screws all sorted and ready to go...

In Canada, we celebrate something called Groundhog Day on February 2nd.  The legend goes that if "Wiarton Wille" sees his shadow, we will have 6 more weeks of winter...  GOOD NEWS! he DID NOT see his shadow, so apparently that means spring is just around the corner...  I can't wait!!!  We sailors really do depend on sophisticated weather forecasting.....