Boat projects are never, ever done. While you’re working on crossing things off the top of the list, the bottom of the list just keeps growing. Since Wednesday-Thursday is our leave day, things have been steadily crossed off the list. The last projects to finish are in the hands of a local welder-fabricater. I’m not sure when to start worrying, but a job he said would take a couple of hours has stretched out to ten days counting tomorrow. All that has to be done is make two shorter table legs and weld one 9 inch long piece of tubing on to another piece of tubing for the solar panel. Sometimes I wish I had bought a small TIG weld machine and brought it along. Maybe next year..
Today was provision day and now the only thing left to stock are the meats we want to bring to the Bahamas. Once we get to Florida and met up with our cruiser friends, we’ll have one last major provision run that should last for the next three months. I don’t know how Michele does it, but she always has great menus even when things are low. I look in the storage spaces and say, “there’s nothing here to eat”. She can look in there and thirty minutes later have a nice meal on the table.
Here’s a few projects off the list…
You think that there may be a problem with the compass?? I haven’t been in a hurry to replace it, but now that our plans include the Bahamas, I figured a working compass would be a good idea…
The hole where the old compass went..
And the shiny new compass all ready for mounting. I still have to check and adjust for any deviation.
This is the ring that holds the manual bilge pump together. It’s a Whale Gusher pump that we would use in case the electric bilge pump fails for some reason. This is what the clamping portion is supposed to look like.
This is what it’s not supposed to look like. The starboard side had the same kind of break and had been repaired with a hose clamp. The hose clamp seemed a little stronger then the plastic, so hose clamp it was.
First had to grind off the plastic bolt holders to make room for the hose clamp. I left just a little plastic on the sides to capture the clamp and keep it in place.
All finished and ready to install on the pump.
As always, thanks for taking the time to look at the blog and we welcome all comments, tips or suggestions….Sid