Friday, May 17, 2013

Sailing at the dock

Last weekend (Mother's day, and incidentally the 7th anniversary of our taking pocession of our last boat) was our first planned weekend out and about on the Irwin.

20+ knots of wind changed that plan as we'd rather have nice comfortable sail be our first sail.

Still, we'd done the shopping, toting and carrying about 100 pounds of assorted galley ware, linens, liquids and such on board so we were determined. We dock sailed.

Not that we raised the sails, we just stayed aboard the boat and crossed off items on the never ending to do list.
Unfortunately we added more to the list than we crossed off. That has a way of happening on boats because as you do one tasks you find something else that needs done.

The good news is I did not fall in while wet sanding the former name off the list - that didn't happen until Tuesday.
I only cut myself one time - apparently enough to satisfy the boat that I was serious, not enough to actually stop work.
Running out the 100 feet of anchor chain manually was a lot easier than expected because we only had 50 feet of chain and 120 of rope. I have a receipt from the previous owner where he bought 100 feet of chain in 2007. I've not found it yet, it's a big boat.
The 'make anchor bridle' item, already completed mind you, was no longer important.
Add to to do list, buy 100 feet of chain spliced to 100 feet of 1/2 three strand nylon.
The 'other' anchor rode was 8 feet of (I swear) 1/2 inch chain and 210 feet of 1/2 inch rope. I'm betting it's original to the boat.
Add to to do list - find someone who wants the second anchor rode (after I get a new one). 
I removed the (again, I swear) plastic silverware trays (2) at the bottom of the anchor locker.
I compounded the entire gelcoat surface of the deck by hand because the 7 inch buffer even at the low 600 RPM setting literally kicked my butt (the cut was from it jamming a finger). Apparently I'm not meant to do machine buffing so I'm following the Karate Kid method (wax on, wax off).
I did get nice shinny fingernails, so I got that going for me.
Add to list - wax again, it needs a second coat.
Add to list - find a buffer I can use.
Meanwhile Mary stored the galley stuff.
Add to list - reorient under stair doors from left/right opening to up/down opening so the nice locker there can actually be used (opening the door blocks reaching into the shelves, who's idea was that?)
Add to list - fix the 3 cabinet doors that don't hang exactly right; strip out original shelf liners; and the big one -
Remove all drawers (20 or so) and seal the wood with polyurethane. Raw, untreated wood has no place on a boat. Vinyl shelf covers 26 years old are not a substitute for sealed wood.
Mounting the RAM mic for the VHF was easy, except I only had a 1 inch hole saw, not a 1 1/8 inch. I ran a dremel sanding drum around the hole for 10 minutes (add to list, clean cockpit sole).
The Edson instrument/wheel pedestal is so thick the face plate for the RAM would not fit, so
Add to list - make a thinner decorative plate (1/16 inch teak?).
That's sort of funny because it means the pedestal is made of fiberglass and gelcoat that is actually thicker than the HULL of our previous boat. 

So - much pleased with ourselves, and feeling good about our boat I settled in for a Rum and Zero (Coke) while Mary taste tested a Mohito mix and  navigated the treacherous passage of cooking for the first time on board.
That's a right of passage I'd done the previous weekend.
As large as our galley area is it takes a little bit of flat space management to set out food, prepare it and serve it. Especially when the largest flat space is the lid to the fridge/freezer, and we have junk all over the counter because we are in the midst of 100k projects.
Add to list - find and mount pot holders for our particular 3 burner stove. Oh - and find a pizza stone that will fit.
Man's got to have his pizza irregardless of latitude, it's good for the attitude.

That was Friday night. Sure, sure, we orange glowed the heck out of the entire after sunset and worked hours of cleaning, planning and such.
Or we had Mohito's and Dark Zero's.

Saturday morning
ADD TO LIST memory foam for master cabin bed (I'm good with a board, Mary needs softer).
Add to list - don't leave cockpit cushions out during rain STORM.
Add to list - get dry cell foam, replace cushion in the cushions.
oh yeah, - add to list - close the enclosure before going to bed.
Accelerate on list - add 12v outlet at my bedside so I can power my CPAP.

Here's my weekend stupid move.
I plugged my 100w inverter into the nav station and ran an extension cord to the aft cabin for my CPAP.
Uh, we were plugged into the pier and I have a 110v just 3 feet from my side of the bed.
(trust me non-boaters, that's funny to boaters).

The forecast on Friday for Saturday had been a benign 10-12 kts of wind, the forecast that morning was 20+ and a small craft advisory.
Mary and I consider our boat (38 feet, 20k pounds) as a small craft. We stayed put.
I mean, we had to, the list had grown. I'm only putting the highlights here.

Saturday was more compounding and waxing, including wiping and rubbing out the enclosure canvas where I'd gotten enthusiastic the day before. I was, in a word, wiped from yesterday so I borrowed Mary for the wax off part.
Add to list, don't be enthusiastic with wax around the enclosure,

And of course - the list goes on, by now you get it.


  1. Sorry the wind did not cooperate but it sounds like you got a LOT done. 8 feet? Seriously? I guess dinghies need rode too.

    Mary knows my idea for your under stairs cabinet. I do not know why you are resistant unless you are trying your damnedest to avoid telling me I was right. SHow your wife you love her- install the sliders already. ;)

  2. 8 feet of 1/2 inch chain with 200 feet of rope.
    The doors will be modified to lift up. That is a matter of moving hinges, I am all about easy and works. It also retains the look.