Summer is officially here in Charleston. We knew it was going to be hot and humid but I don’t think we realised it would be this bad. Its horrible. With the intense heat comes the nearly daily thunder storms. We are so glad we got the painting out of the way when we did. We did it thinking of the heat but didn’t realised it would be so wet also.
Just when you think we should be building momentum it feels like we are slowing down. Not because we really are, but because things are taking longer and most of this week I have found myself stuck without ‘constructive’ jobs to do. I so want to start rebuilding the interior, the two heads, the aft cabin and the pilot house, but its not like I am a carpenter or master of anything crafty. In fact I can’t even carry any of the wood or tools up the ladder, which in my defence is 4-5 meters high. Morgan has been going non stop and I often feel like I will slow him down if I keep asking for help in the jobs, so for now they are pushed to the side. He promises we will get some things done within the next few weeks.
So this week we have spent nearly every other morning running errands or getting the last of the supplies needed. Coming to the end of the ‘BIG’ spending now means that Morgan often has to rush of to get another clamp or a tool that we need to make the job easier. A small stop on route to the yard means we often get there a hour or two later than we had anticipated. The traffic here is crazy, especially in the morning and if there is one thing we have both realised in living here for the last 6 months, it is that we would never want to live this ‘rat race’ kinda life.
So Monday with a quick stop of at West Marine to pick up our Port Supply Order we finally got the majority of the lifelines and terminals in. We got all four of the top life lines measured of and cut and then I spent a fair few hours crimping the terminals on the lines with the hand held crimper. We were missing a few terminals so I had to finish the rest of at the end of the week once the remainder of our order arrived, but now all the lifelines have been changed out and is looking good.
Crimping the terminals on by hand.
All the gear.
My tools for the job.
Changing out the life lines. Top has been done.
Whilst I busy myself with this Morgan installed the water pump and heat exchanger back on the generator. So now the generator is all ready to go, lets keep our fingers cross that it will start up.
We also got the Pedestal top and navigational light mounts installed in place. So this is now another job coming to close. By the end of the week we got the compass block temporarily dry fitted and its all looking good. The compass did get shipped to Germany. Hopefully we will receive it back in a week or two.
Putting the top on the pedestal.
Dry fitting the compass block.
Tuesday our day started of with a survey from True South Marine. We have been looking at various insurance options and everyone wanted to get a survey report before making any final quotes, so we had to get this done earlier than we had hoped. However at the end of the week when we got our Survey Report back we were happy that we got it done. Jeff Kibler the surveyor did a great job. Fingers cross we can get some more solid answers now. We are still waiting on our Registration Certificate from St Helena, I believe they are waiting on the Certificate template from the MCA, so everyone is waiting on someone which makes it s a bit of a slow process in itself.
The afternoon before we had finally humped the life raft up the ladder and on deck. Not easy weighing 48 Kg and just the two of us. However Morgan needed to make 4 steel supports for the life raft bracket. So after measuring and cutting 4 pieces of steel the life raft was installed in place. Previously there was 2 x 6 man life rafts on deck however these had been last serviced in 2002, 15 years ago so definitely wouldn’t be any good right now. We had enquired about getting them serviced but was told that nearly everything would need to be replaced after all this time which in the long run would probably be more expensive than getting a new one. A life raft should be serviced anything from annually, to every 3-5 years. Luckily the Viking 8 man life raft that we have will only require servicing every 3 years.
8 man life raft mounted in place.
The steel supports Morgan had to make to fit the bracket.
Morgan started looking at the battery installation. Previously the house battery bank was split into two, with an additional two battery bank for the engine and a two battery bank for the windless. These all consisted of various different batteries. Now that we only have one main battery bank and an a two battery bank for the engine and a two battery bank for the windless Morgan wanted to wire things differently.
Wednesday our morning started of running around looking for a battery cable crimper. We literally tried everywhere and finally found a place that would rent out a crimper. With only being able to rent Morgan went back and got himself organised with what size lugs he would need for the different cables.
Whilst Morgan did that I continued to organized the interior and put non slip linings in all of the cupboards and draws.
We also pulled out the oven to check the propane gas line. Whilst the whole stove unit was out I got the area behind cleaned up. Four years ago when we were doing the welding jobs on the hull, one of the areas that needed welding was directly behind the stove. So we had to remove the stainless steel plate and cut out the wood lining of the bulk head to access the area. Now that this was all done, insulation was put back in the open space and everything was secured back into place. This weekend Morgan connected the gas line inside. We filled up our two propane gas tanks last week. Originally there was a gas locker inside the stern steering compartment, however for now we will secure the tanks outside.
Thursday we actually took a day of and drove two hours away to meet up with Jon and Nicki in Savannah. In February when they were here in the US they came to visit us and we had promised to go and see them. It was a great day away and so nice to have the break and to catch up with friends. I think we all talked non stop for 8 hours. It was good to see where they were settling down on land for the next few months and to see a little of Savannah.
Friday our day started of on the wrong foot. We will reveal more later. However the travel lift was there waiting for us and once the back stays was released they lifted KB in the slings about two feet so that we could access under the keel. Morgan spent a few hours chipping away and grinding at the rust spots. We also lightly sanded the spots where the chuck supports were. Once these areas were all cleaned I gave the first coat of primer. That afternoon Morgan applied the second coat to these areas.
Being lifted to work under the keel.
Inspecting the keel.
Chipping aways at any rust spots.
In between drying times I continued the life line crimping whilst Morgan started on the battery lug crimping. We did the same thing on Saturday. Unbelievable how much time it all takes. He didn’t count them but Morgan estimates that he crimped between 30-40 battery cable ends.
Engine Battery bank dry fitted.
Lots of cables and mess still in the aft section.
Crimping the cables.
New cable lengths all crimped.
Heat shrinking the terminals.
Over the weekend several coats of antifouling was applied to the spots where the chuck supports were and under the keel.
Under the Keel.
Antifouling applied under the keel.
Antifouling applied under the keel.
It hasn’t stopped in the yard, the last few nights Morgan’s been preparing our fender and dock lines.
Preparing the dock lines.
I also purchased a spot cleaner to get the upholstery cleaned this weekend. However I only got the master cabin bed done before the little machine started spitting out water from everywhere. So in the end the rest of the saloon upholstery was done mainly by hand.
Spot cleaning the mattress.
Cleaning cleaning cleaning.
Morgan installed the Fire Boy Extinguisher in the Engine room and went over his engine installation and also through the battery bank installation. Everything is ready to go and will be connected this coming week. Wish us luck.
Fire Boy Extinguisher installed.
Fingers cross for a productive week a head.