Initial Boat Work/Improvements…

by Sara on February 24, 2012

While on “the hard”:
Work done by others…
– Bottom paint job – Cortez Cove, Cortez, FL
– Zincs for the props replaced – Cortez Cove
– Had the sails repaired, patched and gone over to make sure they are safe – Doyle Sails
– Had the cockpit cushion snaps fixed – JSI
– Had the dodger bottom strip replaced – JSI
– Had the jib and main sail covers mended – JSI

Work done by us…
– Changed the oil for the sail drives
– Removed a leaky porthole and installed a new one
– Used chrome polish on all the portholes (outside)
– Removed the old sail track
– Installed a new sail track
– Re-rigged the main and jib sails back onto the mast
– Fixed a hollow spot in the side of the hull
– Repaired two big scrapes in the hull with gel coat
– Took off both swim ladders and reapplied them with new caulk so they wouldn’t leak anymore
– Cleaned the whole boat deck with soft scrub to get the copper paint dust that soaked into the fiberglass somewhat clean
– Cleaned, scrubbed, polished and waxed the hulls and the whole underside of the boat waxing the boat 300x225 Initial Boat Work/Improvements...

While at the Marina:
– Cleaned out the bilges (starboard side had an oil leak and the pump wasn’t working)
– Ordered and installed a new bilge pump for the starboard side
– Changed the oil, coolant, fuel filters, flushed fuel lines for both diesel engines
– Cleaned both engines with a wire brush, scrubbed both engine compartments completely clean
– Cleaned the bilges again because all the grease and grim from the engine compartments ran into the bilges
– Used heavy On and Off chemical cleaner (painted on and sponged off) to clean every inch of the deck from the copper paint residue the boat yard let sit on the surface
– Bought rugs, baskets, cabinet non-stick liners, and tons of cleaners to organize the inside of the boat
– Polished and waxed the deck
– Installed a new freshwater pump
– Ordered and installed a new pump for our water maker
– Adjusted all the interior doors so they shut properly
– Dialed in the SSB radio which included cleaning off corrosion from the units wires under the port side bed, behind the engine and beneath the steps AND cleaning off corrosion from the antenna
– Researched, bought and installed Rosepoint Coastal Explorer Navigation software, which also meant we had to buy a new PC (since we both only have Macs) to run the software on
– Ordered C-Map by Jeppeson PC Selector DVDs and bought our first chart – a mega wide for South America
P1100277 225x300 Initial Boat Work/Improvements...- Scrubbed all the “monkey fur” carpet on the boat with carpet cleaner
– Used chrome polish on all the portholes (inside)
– Cleaned all the hatches from mold
– Scrubbed out all hidden areas under sinks, couches, cabinets, etc…
– Scrubbed out outside bow lockers
– Bleached and scrubbed all bumpers and white deck lines
– Changed the oil, coolant, fuel filters on the Gen Set diesel generator
– Spray painted the generator to help stop the rust and corrosion
– I hauled Chris up the mast to inspect the standing rigging, to clean under the spreaders and to paint nicks that were in the mast
– Painted nicks in the boom
– Bought a new tv, installed it
– Had our Man-Over-Board (MOM8) inspected, repacked and installed
– Bought and added a throw able MOB floaty on the other side of the boat
– Cleaned out the rudder and auto pilot compartments on the back steps of both sides of the boat
– Removed and installed a new water pressure system for the hose-to-dock water system
– Cleaned every cupboard, shelf, square inch of the inside of the boat several times
P1100486 300x225 Initial Boat Work/Improvements...- Flushed cleaner though the water maker
– Cleaned out the water pump / water maker compartment
– Cleaned the bilge again since all that gunk ran into the bilge
– Installed a 2nd auto pilot
– Ripped out an old leaky porthole on the front of the boat, cut a bigger hole in the fiberglass and installed a hatch instead.
– Installed an AIS which required 2 more antennas (one for VHF and another for GPS) to be installed and wired through the boat
– Fixed the head liner in the main salon area so it didn’t sag and hit Chris’s head anymore
– Bought new paddle boards, fishing gear, snorkeling gear to get ready to GO!!

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Bree February 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

All I can say is WOW!!!!


Dustin Hotchkin February 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

Wow sounds like a ton of work hope you have the time of your life….Good Luck! Have a whiskey and coke for me at sunset!!


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