Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Video - A Catamaran Refit Part 2

Here is the new video of some of the projects we've been able to complete during our latest "vacation".  Was able to gather over 50 gigs of video and time lapse pictures during this latest visit - sifted through thousands of pictures and tons of videos, edited it all down to bite-sized clips, and then narrated it in my cabin and put it all together before we leave for Texas....enjoy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Closet Puzzle, Engine Rooms, and OTA Antenna

Now that we've had the antenna in use for over a week, I thought I'd give a small update in that regards.  The over-the-air antenna was mounted on the mast because I wanted a reliable way to get the best reception without hanging rabbit ears outside my window.  It is a small powered HD antenna that I've also seen installed on other boats.....

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bilge pump upgrade and Step Scraping

Over the weekend, we've been able to knock a few more things off the list.   Although we still have the starboard side to do, we were able to switch the port hull bilge to automatic pumping.  Originally, there was one strainer on each side of the rib attached to one main pump that was located under the sink in the head.  There was also a valve located under the sink that would switch from one strainer or the other, prior to the discharge leaving the boat, through a shared through-hull....

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Making a huge dent in the list - May 13th - 24th

Since our arrival on May 13, we have yet to stop working.  Most days start somewhere around 10:30am (I am on still on vacation mind you) and end when the "noseeums" come out - usually around 5:00pm if the wind isn't blowing - but we still seem to get a lot accomplished....

Monday, May 19, 2014

Video - Stepping the Mast

Thought I'd put together a short video of the install of our mast today.  It was very nerve racking - begining with fishing it out of its hole about 1' from the boat and 2' from the building and trying to keep the new wind vane off the cables.  With the winds gusting up to 18 knots, I'm glad everything went alright, nobody got hurt, and everything fit back into place.  Its actually looking like a sailboat again.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Installing a Groco Hydromatic Self-cleaning Strainer

Being away from our boat for 3 months was tough; leaving Tami behind was even tougher.  I felt bad for her, but we really need to get things done in Florida, so she gave her blessing and away we went.  As she continues to grow skin at the LTAC, Brandon and I left for a vacation full of work.  And as things usually go, its not all been smooth sailing since our arrival....