Week 19. – Phase 2. – Frustratingly slow…..but slowly progressing.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.  

Over the weekend several coats of antifouling was applied to the spots where the chuck supports were and under the keel. 

It hasn’t stopped in the yard, the last few nights Morgan’s been preparing our fender and dock lines.

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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.

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.

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Fire Boy Extinguisher installed.

Fingers cross for a productive week a head.

Cheryl

Week 18. – Phase 2. – Slowly slowly.

Slowly slowly things are coming together.  As each day passers we wonder where the time has gone. 

We’ve concentrated our efforts this week in a few specific areas.

At the beginning of the week we took the big step of applying our anti-fouling.  So once again a new look for Kata Brava.  I’ve been dreaming about applying this black antifouling for weeks now.  The first coat was tough but the following two coats applied much easier.  So three coats in total, each taking the two of us two hours to apply.  Morgan worked on the flat surfaces whilst I did the joins, the T bracket which in our case is more like a V bracket and the rudder and skeg. 

 

So this is the perfect time to reflect on what we have done these past few months.

 

Once the antifouling was completed I started the process of lightly sanding, priming and then antifouling the prop and shaft.  Every few days another coat was applied until we finished the little tin of paint. Hopefully this will stop any growth for a while.

 

In the final prep of the below water areas Morgan got the anodes installed.  Being a steel boat we calculated the amount of zinc needed to last us for several years. This equated to 9 anodes on the boat it self and 2 on the shaft.  Of cause they needed a little modifying to install on our existing bolts, which again took quite a bit of time. 

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Anodes installed.

Morgan finished of the last of the engine plumbing. This is pretty much completed now so he will move onto the electrical requirements in there from this week. 

He also took apart the generator and got the injectors sent of for testing.  The heat exchanger had quite a bit of build up, so this had to get a full clean along with various other parts.  The raw water pump was taken apart and cleaned also.  When we got the injectors back at the end of the week we also got a can of Westabeake red paint so we could get the parts sprayed and looking in top shape again.  All new hoses were also installed. Hopefully this little red beast will work a charm.

 

He also worked on the fuel system this week getting the fuel day tank filled up.

We’ve both worked on the pedestal area.  We got the remainder of the existing holes closed up.  After several attempts of applying a final coat of paint to the marine ply this piece is now in place.  We had hoped to finish this project early in the week, but its been a little windy and dusty and our freshly painted parts kept attracting the dust. Its looking good though.  We just need some more sika to finish the trim and then this will be done.  The compass block is also coming along after several coats of epoxy resin and a light sand in between.

 

I know we mention dust a lot, but we are probably in one of the dustiest areas and with the ‘sand like’ pile in front of us there are days when its really quite bad for painting.  So this has been going on for two months already and this is where they are right now.

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Lots of dusty activity right in front of us.

Unfortunately the compass that was sitting on the pedestal is in a sorry state. After we took it apart the half gimbal literally shattered into pieces.  After lots of emails back and forth to Carssen & Plath the manufactures we’re thinking of getting it shipped to Germany for the installation of the new parts. I didn’t realize a compass would be so complicated.  Its such a shame we didn’t realize this earlier as we could have taken it ourselves when we went to France. 

Morgan finalized the main battery support this week, adding a additional steel strap across the top of the bank to limit movement with pieces of wood between each battery to allow adequate ventilation.  He also worked on the area in the bow where the two batteries needed to be installed for the anchor windless.  There was a battery support already there, however the new batteries we have are a lot slimmer than the older batteries so he had to modify the support to hold the batteries snugly in place.  Whilst in there he got the rest of the storage area closed up and supported better.

 

We also spent a fair amount of time this week running errands.  We got a a good majority of our safety equipment in which included a Jon Bouy, Life sling, Epirb and Life raft.  We also received our Fire Boy Extinguisher for the engine room, this along with our existing two fire extinguishers on board was sent for servicing.  Staying with safety we also got our existing life lines measured.  The currently life lines have been on board since day one so we figured it would be time for a change.

 

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3 Fire extinguishes all serviced.

Morgan also did some work on the steering this week, connecting news cables and installing the sheaves for the cables. He also had to make a step key to hold the quadrant on to the rudder shaft as the original key had worn out and in turn wore the rudder shaft. 

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Steering quadrant.

Along with all of this and assisting Morgan where possible I gave the entire interior of KB a good and thorough clean this week.  Every cupboard, draw, and bilge was vacuumed and wiped out.  We still have lots of work to do in the interior, but with a good clean she looks a whole lot better.

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Hopefully this week we will get our provisional registration documents.  We’re also narrowing down our insurance options.  I didn’t realize this process would be so complicated either.  With hurricane season officially on us, we want to make the right decision. 

Cheryl

Week 17. – Phase 2. – Back on board.

Well after two weeks in France we are back in the USA and back with our girl.  However this time our time here is even more limited and we need to get ready to leave.  I’ll tell you more about that later. 

Since we’ve been away Charleston has been experiencing a lot of rain.  We were a little concerned about this before we left so had covered all the hatches with plastic just in case and am happy to report that all was well on board and dry.  That was a huge relief. 

So this week we have been full steam a head. It always takes a little time to get organised. After giving KB a well deserved clean down, as all the rain and wind had left our nice grey deck brown with dirt, we got stuck in. 

You will remember in our last week of work we gave the engine room a coat of top coat. It continued to rain pretty hard at the beginning of this week so Morgan spent three solid days pretty much in the engine room.  He installed the engine muffler which he had to first fibre glass a elbow and reducer to prior to installation, he connected both exhaust’s and installed brackets to ensure minimal vibration.

He also connected the raw water system to both the main engine and generator.  He installed the fuel filters for both engine and generator and plumbed the fuel line from the day tank to the filter to the engine and back to the day tank.

He installed the teleflex control cables to the exhilarator and gear box and connected the lever outside. The water heater was bolted into place as well. 

Its really coming a long nicely.  You might think how much time can one person spend in a engine room, well it was completely stripped out minus the generator, so he’s pretty much rebuilding our entire engine room from scratch.

We bought new cawl’s whilst we were in France as the old ones were pretty fried from the sun.  All the dorade box threads had to be re- tapped before the cawls could be installed.

We continued closing up some of the openings in the cockpit. 

New latches were installed on the cockpit lockers and we also started working on the pedestal.  Originally the pedestal had teak on it but this was removed as the teak was starting to lift of.  We’ve decided to keep it simple and clean and put a painted marine ply instead with a vanished compass block. 

With getting this ready we also inspected the original compass that unfortunately needs a little TLC.

We got our new anchor roller back from the machine shop this week and got that installed.

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Old roller versus new roller.

At the end of the week once the weather got better we decided to concentrate our efforts below the water line.  First Morgan added another application of filler to smooth out any uneven crevices.  Once this was dry we gave the entire hull, below the waterline, a light sand down.  Between us this took about 4 hours to do. 

We had a few small spots of metal show through, so after a good de-dusting and clean down and some gardening to remove the weeds that had grown around KB we applied a coat of fresh primer to the hull.  A second coat of  primer was applied to all the shines. 

Its nice to finally have a uniformed hull.

With the current time pressure we have on us, we also spent a fair bit of time this week working on the registration and insurance process.  Its amazing how much paperwork this involves.  We are looking at two different options for registering KB and various Insurance options.  Hopefully things will come clearer for us this week and we can start to finalise things.

So lots happening this week, lots of small jobs not worth mentioning but still time consuming. 

Lets keep pushing on.

Cheryl

Bonjour from France.

I actually wrote last weeks update from here in France as we left the USA last Saturday, but because we were surprising family I didn’t want to say anything and carried on as normal.  Yet the last week was far from normal as we prepared KB to be left alone for a few short weeks. 

So here we are visiting family in Paris and Bordeaux.  Its good to take a break and enjoy some family time in Morgan’s home country.  Just a few weeks and fingers cross we will be back with our girl to hopefully continue the interior and then get her in the water and sailing south. 

We can’t wait.  We miss you already Kata Brava.

Week 16. – Phase 2. – All about the Engine room.

This week’s update is going to be super brief.  We really haven’t done a great deal outside of the engine room.  It feels like its been a slow week, but we have progressed in the Engine room. 

Morgan spent a good part of the beginning of the week working on getting the shaft aligned.  Its really not an easy job and one that requires lots of patience.  He had one frustrating day as several times he got it close and then once he tightened the bolts the engine would shift just the slightest.  I think I heard every french swear word possible and needless to say I stayed out of his way that day. After lots of patience he was finally happy with the result. Phew thankfully that is over. 

Once this was done and he was happy with the rest of the test installation of the other items going in the Engine room he made various brackets out of steel and got Jimmy to come in to weld these in place. Of cause with welding being done in the engine room everything else had to be protected. 

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Jimmy welding the muffler nuts in place.

With any welding comes a clean up and then priming of the areas welded.  However its looking good to see sea water strainers and fuel filters mounted in place. 

Whilst we had Jimmy with us we got him to re-weld the join of one of the hatches we have been fighting with.  Now we have to think of a way to get the hatch frame to conform with the deck and hatch base.

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Jimmy welding the deck and hatch join. 

Continuing in the Engine room Morgan also installed the shaft loc and shaft seal. 

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Shaft loc and seal in.

With most of the the additional items ready to go into place officially we decided to give the entire engine room its final coat of grey top coat.  Again not a easy task in the now tight engine room but at least that is now done and the rest of the installation, plumbing and wiring can go ahead. 

In continuing closing up we also got the transducer housing installed this week.  We had two holes previously so installed our new transducer housing in the starboard side and installed the old housing in the port side just incase we need it for the future.  So thats good, two more holes closed. 

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Transducers in. Notice my eye in the top transducer looking in. 

So for me whilst there has been lots of engine room work, its been a bit of a slow week.  Just cleaning and organising and helping Morgan where possible.  I got to give the fridge and freezer a deep cleaning this week which was a first since we had the boat.  Its all looking much better. 

Just wanted to give you an update on that pile of sand like substance that was placed in front of KB a few weeks back . Its being trucked away daily and slowly slowly the pile is going down.  To give you an idea of how its progress here’s a update photo for you. 

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The progress on the pile of sand like substance in front of us.

Well like I said its been a bit of a slow week so will end here and give you an update again soon.

Have a good week.

Cheryl

A Wedding in the Seychelles – Our one year Anniversary.

Today we celebrate our one year Wedding Anniversary.  Thats right a whole year already.  For those of you that know us well you’re probably thinking exactly what we are ‘where has that time gone’.  For those that do not know us, yes a year ago on the 16th May 2016 we finally tied the knot.

I had given up on the idea of getting married and out of the blue on October 2nd 2015 nearly 12 years after we had been dating Morgan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. 

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His proposal was made on a beach.

image1It was our last weekend before a long 5 week trip and we went away to Port Douglas in Cairn’s Australia for the weekend.  It was to be a weekend of relaxing and kite surfing for Morgan. 

Little did I know he had planned it all and had even set up the go pro’s to film his proposal.  So there we were on the beach and he returned from kite surfing and the long awaited moment came.  I was so happy and of cause I said YES.

We talked about when we would get married and we both agreed sooner was better than later.  So seven months later whilst on a long stop over in the Seychelles we said ‘I Do’.

We didn’t have a big wedding, however we had with us everyone that was special to us.  Morgan had his parents, his brother Jonathan, his sister Anais and his sister Sarah, her partner Stephen and their daughter Tullula.  I had my Mum and Pete.  It was the first time in 16 years that all of Morgan’s family was together in one place and for me it had been 4.5 years since I had seen my Mum and Step dad Pete.  We talked about inviting friends, but considering how special it was going to be to have our families all together for the first time we decided to keep it small and intimate.  It was perfect. 

Our wedding took place on the beautiful beach of Anse Intendance on the Island of Mahe.  It was one of the wildest beaches we had seen. 

The day of our wedding arrived and the skies had opened up and the mountains around us was clouded with rain. Everything was pre-arranged and it felt surreal getting ready to meet everyone at the beach.  As the time drew nearer the skies cleared of the heavy clouds.  I remember feeling completely calm.  It was a moment I had dreamt about, a moment I had wished for and a moment that was finally here. The ceremony was short and sweet and in many respects quite emotional. 

With in 15 minutes it was over and we were on the beach drinking champagne and eating cake.  The day ended with dancing to our own two person band right there on the beach whilst the sun set. Later that evening we had a wonderful meal at the ‘La Scala’ restaurant.

It was probably one of the most simplest weddings imaginable.  It was by far more than I had expected and the perfect day.

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The most amazing setting.

Week 15. – Phase 2. – Lots of little things….

At this point, Week 15 4 years ago we were packing up Kata Brava and about to start on a new adventure.  A post will follow on that.  Funny thing is, is that its roughly at the same time of the year to.  So have a look back at what we were doing 4 years ago. https://nomadicadventures.net/2013/05/18/week-15/  So that makes 30 weeks of solid work so far.  Wow.  We still feel we have 8-12 more weeks before KB will be somewhat finished.  However we have been prioritising and sometimes you just have to take the plunge. So we will see how much more time we get on the hard in the weeks to come.  Another idea is to just get her in the water as soon as possible and take it from there.

Sadly we still haven’t done anything to the two heads and the aft cabin, but right now they are not priority.  As soon as Morgan is happy with the engine installation we will make some progress in the forward head so that we can at least have one bathroom functional.  That will nice as the forward section of the boat with the exception of the head is all ready and clean. Its almost live-able.  Oh yes we do need plumbing and electricity as well right, although we do have parafin lights fitted throughout the interior.  Well its a good thing we are working inside now.  Hopefully things will start to get done. 

So this week we basically finished up the exterior painting of the hull.  Morgan wanted to add the boot line and paint the gunnel white.  We figured being steel the gunnel will always require work, therefore white would be the easiest color to touch up on in the future.  So Monday we spent pretty much the entire day taping up KB and protecting the red hull. It was a little nerve wrecking putting tape over our three day old paint job but it needed to get done sooner rather than later as the weather forecast for the week was for the temperatures to sore. 

Once covered up, Morgan gave the gunnel and boot line area a light sand.  Whilst he did this I went on deck and lightly sanded the small areas that required a little more of the white top coat.  If you remember we did the white top coat markings first and then mapped out the non skid.  There was just a few trims and edges that required a little more of the white top coat touch ups.  It was 17:30 in the afternoon by the time we were ready to start painting.  Morgan rolled and tipped the first coat of top coat on the gunnel and boot line whilst I did the touch – up painting on deck.  Having a little left over top coat at the end of the day Morgan also gave the swim platform a light sand and another fresh coat.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon saw the second and third coat of top coat on the these areas.  Then Thursday morning we took of all the taping and plastic just before the temperature got up to mid 30’s with a sweltering hot wind.  Morgan had talked about his ideas of the gunnel and boot line coming together on the stern quarters previously, but it was great to see it in real life. The hull and deck painting is now officially completed.  Just in time to as this was most definitely the hottest and dustiest week we have had so far. 

With the hull completed we also put the swim platform in place.  I gave the stainless steel support rods a light wet sand and they are looking good.  We still need to get a wooden deck for it, but for now its where it will be.

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Our swim platform in place.

Early in the week I also took apart 2 of the three big hatches again.  I removed the bonding compound that basically came of in my hands and was not at all adhered to the frame.  I then cleaned this up and lightly sanded the frames and then we added bonding compound again in place.  We left this for a few days before cleaning up the excess and putting the handles back on. 

Its quite frustrating as on Saturday it rained and luckily during the day whilst we were at the yard and we could see slight leaks here and there.  At least this time we could pin point exactly where it was coming from.  A loose screw here, or loose handle there. Its quite the process and Morgan reminded me that we are dealing with a slightly rounded deck and old hatches.  Although they have been powder coated and look like new these hatches that have been manipulated before so it is natural to take a little time to get it right as much as we would like it to have been perfect from the beginning.  We’ll get there.  For the third hatch frame we are thinking the base which is connected to the deck was probably distorted slightly from when we used that opening to raise the water tank out 4 years ago.  So that might need a little more work and straightening out before we bond the hatch again.  The Master Cabin big hatch is slightly different to the other three big hatches.  We will have to add a small trim to the wooden frame so will do this at a later date.  So far all of the small hatches are fine.  We are not going to install the two on the pilot house just yet as later down the line we will like to remove the teak of the pilot house roof and re-bond it.

There’s been tons of other things happening as well. The deck grates and cupboard hatches have been cleaned and re-installed. 

Morgan has been working on the companion way hatch.  The sides of the hatch had started to split, from being exposed in the elements so whenever it rained water would penetrate through.  So this week he took of the hatch and re-fibre glassed the area’s over.  Eventually we would like to make a new hatch and doors, but for now we will make the ones that we have more efficient.

You will remember a few weeks ago we had to open up the fuel tank to dispose of the nearly 200 gallons of old fuel.  Well this week we finally got around to cleaning out the fuel tank properly.  There was just the slightest bit of sludge and fuel at the bottom of the tank.  So Morgan got in there and used the shop vac to get the last out.  I then gave the fuel tank hatch a good clean up and removed the old existing seal and replaced it with a new rubber gasket that I made from the template.  Sounds like a simple job but it took the two of us a little while to get the gasket in place without losing it in the tank.  Whilst in the process of making gaskets i also did a few for the thro holes.     

I also got the stantions and lifelines back on board and in place this week along with the mast guard rails.  Its nice to see the deck nearly all back together again. 

Morgan has been installing various items in the cockpit as well, such as the stern locker vents and the throttle lever.  Everything is a slightly different shape to what was originally there so, templates/support plates and backing plates are being made to ensure we are closing up all of the holes. 

Lots of interior cleaning has been going on this week aswell.  Its good to get started on this.  We got the port ceiling back in place in the saloon this weekend.  This side was slightly different from the Starboard side so again this was a two person job as we needed to glue the frames in place first and then screw the slightly oversize panel back in place.  

I also got the panels back in the drinks cabinet.  Yep thats right there is a very nice drinks cabinet on board.  Funnily enough there was a old wasps nest in there also. 

When we bought KB, her thro holds and vents were all open and the boat was full of wasps nest.  It wasn’t too much of a problem initially as it was winter and therefore not that many wasps.  However once spring came so did the wasps and they were not happy that we had taken over their home. 

A few times this week we have wished we had a spare pair of hands, for helping with holding or lifting etc.  Always having to rely on one another makes the process just that tad slower.  However any additional hands would most probably be at a cost to us, so for now we will struggle on slowly. However there has been some big changes at the yard recently and a new owner has taken over since the beginning of the month.  Already there is such a positive change.  The old owner of the yard was a real character, luckily we didn’t have to deal with him much, but lets just say we are happy he is no longer in charge.  Everyone seems a lot happier and friendlier now and the yard has all of a sudden become more of a pleasant place to be. 

Any spare moment Morgan got this week he has spent in the Engine room.  There’s a lot to do in there, with all the remaining parts for the installation finally with us, and the exterior painting done he is finally getting to organize himself. 

This week he has been working on the engine alignment.  Its not easy doing it on his own or at best with the two of us.  Its a big engine to manipulate up and down or side to side to inline correctly with the shaft.  With things finally in place we also had to relocate the bar holding all of the wiring from it’s location to slightly higher so that the muffler could be in the right position for the exhaust.  Lots of other parts are being temporary placed in position like the fuel filters and seawater strainer’s etc. so that he can start thinking about where to mount or run connections. Three of the four engine room sea cocks is now in place. Its now starting to become a bit of a tight squeeze in there.

This weekend he also put our new battery bank in place.  Nothings connected yet but at least that eases up some of the space in the container.

Thats all for this week.

Cheryl