Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Twenty Six

The guys sanded and painted our starboard side again today because it got snowed on yesterday while it was still wet. I did a few last minute checks and then we took the staging down in preparation for going back in the water. It was very windy and we normally use lines to pull ourselves out of the cradle and into our summer berth but we were blessed with two yawl boats from the schooner Mary Day to assist us. They were at the shipyard because they are hauling out next and generously offered to make life easier for us. It worked perfectly and we are now nestled nicely in our summer berth!

Yes....we still have a lot of work to do!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Twenty Four and Twenty Five

Well, the weather hasn't done us any favors this week while we've been hauled out. We had lots of rain and topped it off with wind and snow! There were moments of sun and we somehow managed to get the boat painted.

The new plank is in, sanded, caulked, primed, puttied, and painted. The bottom paint was sprayed on and the waterline cut in with a brush. We used 11 gallons of bottom paint. New zincs are in place. The gray on the hull is painted all around. And, most importantly, the thru-hull fittings are back in place. My dad and brother came to help us and with those extra hands we're positioned well for splash down tomorrow...

Gregory painting the waterline (after using a sprayer to paint the bottom).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Spring Outfitting - Day Twenty Three

The rain held off until late in the day and we were able to get some stuff done on a day we thought would be a wash. Bob finished scribing the waterline. Gregory and Brian C. painted the gray on the port side and on the transom, I reefed and caulked seams and then Brian and I started puttying.

Brian under the boat puttying seams. We affectionately refer to the putty as "boat chocolate" - a term coined by our apprentice Aiden because when it is heated up to make it easier to apply, it looks like hot fudge.

Brian C. uses a scraper to knock off loose paint on the section that we didn't get to grind.

We had our Coast Guard hull inspection at 9:00am after which we set to replacing a portion of a plank on the starboard side right by the waterline. You never know what you're going to find when something looks questionable on the outside of a 2.25" plank and they never seem to come out easy. I'm happy that the frames look good behind the plank and that the fastenings looked good too.
Carpenter Dave grabbed Gregory to help hang the plank.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Twenty, Twenty One, and Twenty Two

My Brian took the cover off our harbor cruise boat on Saturday (Day Twenty). And on Sunday (Day Twenty One) we moved the schooner as our neighbors made it back into the water. We blocked the cradle in preparation for our haul-out today.

We cast free and used lines to turn the Evans 180 degrees to maneuver her into the cradle. It was very calm - virtually no wind - and that made things easier. The guys set up the staging around the schooner while I removed all of our thru-hull fittings (with Gregory's help on one that was hard to turn) so we could clean them and recoat the handles. I like to coat them in red Plasti-Dip so they are protected, have a grippy feel, and are easy to see in the bilge. Bob cleaned them all up and took care of the handles.

I removed all the old teardrop zincs (attached with screws) while my Brian used a grinder to remove one of the four large welded zincs. I welded on the replacement with my Brian holding it in place (they are heavy!)

Brian C. power-washed the bottom while Greogry dealt with some seams below the water line. We all got a turn using a grinder to grind the bottom. There is several years of built up paint and putty and we tried to smooth things out a little. The port side is done and a portion of the starboard side is done but we ran out of steam just before 7:00pm.

Bob used a long batten to start scribing our water line.

I marked some seams to reef and caulk and took care of one right away. I'll do the rest tomorrow. The Coast Guard is scheduled to do our hull inspection at 9:00am.

I discovered an interesting sea creature while poking around under the boat. My friend Tracy searched online and discovered that it's just a shrimp larvae...I was hoping for something more exotic! It certainly looks more exotic...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Nineteen

The cover is off! All the nails are out of the lathe and the lathe is broken into stove-sized pieces for Margi to use as kindling. The plastic is already at the dump. The cover pieces are stacked and ready for storing in the garage. We were all cleaned up by 2:30 and the crew has the weekend off. Rest up for hauling out on Monday! It's going to be a busy week.

Spring Outfitting - Day Eighteen

I spent the morning cleaning and rebuilding both heads. I installed them both, opened the thru-hull (our heads flush with salt water), and turned on the pump. I'm happy to say that everything works perfectly!

Port head.
After I installed the toilet, my Brian started putting in the lights, safety bars, hooks, etc.

After some light hand sanding of primer, vacuuming, and tacking, we started painting. I painted the grub beam around the main cabin (which took waaaaay longer than I expected),

while Gregory and Brian C. painted white in the main cabin (painting over your head is HARD and some of those cabins have a lot of white surfaces!)

and Brian varnished the main cabin top.

Today was a crew lunch day! We went to Pizza Hut this time instead of the Chinese restaurant.

I was putting another coat of varnish on Daniel (#4 or #5?) when we got word that the schooner next to us was going to be hauling out. We tie alongside them all winter so we had to move out of their way. Then we had to move into their spot next to the pilings and situate all of our lines and the fender boards. It worked out really well and even though we ended up staying a little later than we normally would, that means we don't have to get up and be at the shipyard at 4:30 tomorrow morning now!

All tied up and heading home.
(We had lobster for dinner....thank you J&J Lobster!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Seventeen

We sanded and primed the port topsides from the fore chain plates to the bow and also managed to do the transom. This will be the first time in 12 years that both sides have been sanded and primed before we haul out! This is an especially great accomplishment because we are hauling almost an entire month earlier than the last several years. Gregory, Brian C, Bob, my Brian, and I are all getting it done!

Daniel received another coat of varnish.

We started painting the second part on the bulwarks (the bristol beige) but had to stop because rain showers were making it too wet to continue.

The main cabin was painted coat!

Four items in the varnish room were painted again and are now done and ready to move to the schooner when we take the cover off tomorrow.

And, ******drum roll******* as promised, finally, photos of the new boarding step!

It was Brian's idea to paint it gray (matching our hull color) with a white stripe (matching our waist color) around the edges and a red star (in keeping with the stars on the spars, boxes, and water barrel). I think it looks great! We've got a nice coat of non-skid on top for safety.

The old boarding step.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Sixteen

We sanded and primed the port topsides from the stern to the fore chain plates.

Daniel received a final sanding, a coat of wood sealer, and a coat of varnish.

The windows were painted again...their second (and final) coat.

We started painting the bulwarks which is a three step process; the white first, then the bristol beige, then the red. The white is done.

I prepped the main cabin for a second coat.

The jib boom was painted.

And several items in the varnish room got attention; more varnish and bristol beige on the edges of many of the hatch covers.

It looks like the winter cover will come off on Thursday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen

The forecast was for the weekend to be rainy. It turned out to be much better than I expected. We managed to get a few things done Saturday and Sunday; I did a lot of shopping for the boat, caught up on some paperwork and housework, and planted a hydrangea while Brian put in some hours at the shipyard.

Today we made things shiny! We have many, many items that are prepped for paint or varnish and we spent the day doing that.

The varnish room is full of hatch covers, butterfly hatches, grates, windows, and such that were all sanded as of this morning. This is what they look like now. Shiny!

We're planning to take our cover off this week in preparation for hauling out next week so we want to make sure that our hatches are covered and our windows are in just in case it rains. It's okay if things get wet below right now because there are no mattresses or anything in the cabins but we'd like to keep things as dry as possible.

The head doors were hung today. All the doors are done for the companionways so we'll be hanging those soon too.


I took the grinder to Daniel so the varnish will be a little nicer this year. The new thwart will go in as soon as we get some wood sealer on all the bare wood I made today. Bob finished working on refastening Tug 'n' Grunt so I started stripping some of the varnish to brighten things up. Gregory started sanding Rebecca.

I, hopefully, took care of a few cabin leaks today that I've been chasing for a while. I plan to test them when we get the cover off and do a deck wash.

Bob started work on our electrical system. I found a very corroded wire last week and he's going to go through the entire system, clean connections, replace corroded components, check wires, etc.

Not a bad day!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Twelve

The forecast was for rain but it never materialized. Gregory and Brian painted on the schooner first thing - the metal work around the masts and the deck fitting for the storm anchor chain - and then we moved inside for sanding and varnishing hatch covers, ladders, and such. As it turns out, we probably could have worked on the port side topsides and might have easily been able to start in the stern and get to the fore chain plates.

Instead, Gregory started sanding Daniel after Bob finished fitting the new thwart. Then we went to Chinese buffet again for crew lunch! And the afternoon was spent all together in the varnish room applying varnish to numerous items. The yawl boat engine box cover, the nav. box, the new boarding step, two companionway ladders, and a "Go Down Backwards" sign are all now done! Several pieces received a coat of varnish but not finish coats. There's a pile of pieces that are ready to varnish but we don't have room to lay everything out yet. We'll move the finished pieces out and bring new pieces in. pictures today, but watch for a photo of the new boarding step. Still no guesses on what colors we chose?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Eleven

The starboard side of the schooner is now all sanded and primed as are the bulwarks and bowsprit. I had planned to start grinding the port side but I just didn't have the motivation, interest, or wrist strength to face several more hours of holding the grinder. We'll put that on the list for a nice weather day next week.

Starboard side is ready to paint.

I finished putting the water system back together and am anxious to fill the tanks and test everything.

The margin planks on the galley house and on the mid-ship house were painted today.

port side margin plank on the galley house (shiny!)

and starboard side

port side mid-ship house looking forward to the galley (more shiny!)

port side bulwarks

and starboard side

the break-in-the-deck was done too

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Ten

Day ten? My body feels like I've been outfitting for months! These first two weeks of continual physical work is always the hardest for me. Climbing aloft, dangling in a boatswain's chair, holding an 8" grinder for hours, kneeling constantly, and carrying heavy stuff is a shock to the system after doing small projects all winter.

We've done the majority of our on-deck painting so today we started working on the topsides. We're schedule to haul out on the 26th and it's nice to have a jump on the preparation for painting when we are out of the water. I did the first step of grinding all the loose paint off and the guys followed behind with orbital sanders to smooth everything out. They cleaned everything up and primed by the end of the day. We were able to do the starboard side from the stern forward to the fore chain plates.

We didn't all fit on the paint float at the same time so several small projects were completed on deck as well.
Gregory painted the main traveler and the wheel box.

Brian put a second coat of varnish on the mid-ship cabin house.

Brian C. and Gregory sanded the masts and the metal work around the masts.
My Brian varnished the masts (notice the wedges?)

This is the foremast that Brian and I re-wedged the other day (and that he varnished today).

Brian C. and Gregory hand sanded the galley table and prepped it for me to apply the second coat of varnish. My Brian and I varnished two companionway ladders and one hatch cover that have been taken off the boat for that purpose. I painted the bristol beige on the navigation box and the yawl boat engine box cover but they will both have to be done again because of the major sags on each (I applied way too much paint and gravity did the rest.)

I started putting the water system back together and am about half-way there. The water jacket on the wood stove is hooked up, both water pumps are hooked up, valves are capped, and several hoses are reconnected. Another hour or two to finalize all the connections and all we'll need is to fill our water tanks and pressurize the system to see how I did.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Nine

One of our two paint floats is in the water now and that opens up all kinds of possibilities for new projects! My Brian spent some time this morning on the float removing tar that dripped from our project onto our neighbor.

The guys sanded the white overhead in the main cabin common area, cleaned up and primed before moving on to the bowsprit and jib boom. They scraped dripped tar off first and then sanded all the way out to the end. Gregory primed everything after they sanded.

Gregory priming the jib boom.

My Brian wire brushed loose rust and ash off our pot belly stove and gave it a new coat of paint.

I put the finishing touches on our new boarding step and did a final sanding. Brian came up with the perfect color scheme for it and he primed the entire thing. Any guesses what colors it will be? It's going to be great and I can't wait!

Brian C. put the final coat on the radar post and painted the red around the two forward hatches.

Brian C. cutting the line between the red and the white on a hatch.

I drilled out two knots in the jib boom. We just made the new jib boom last spring and I knew these knots existed but just never got to them. I've filled the knot holes with Timbor (an herbicide and insecticide) and the next step will be to fill them with wood so the guys can paint.

One fairly big project today was to move the mast. Move the mast? Actually, yes. When I had the masts out a few years ago I discovered that the notch in the keelson where the foremast is stepped is a little "sloppy"'s just too big to hold the heel of the mast tightly in place. Where the mast goes through the deck there is a deck ring and mast partners to provide extra strength. The mast gets wedged with small oak wedges to keep it from wiggling around in that hole. Over time the mast had wiggled forward enough that it was pushing up against the front of that hole. First, we removed all of the wedges. Then, using the narrowest wedges, my Brian and I drove wedges on the forward side of the mast to try to encourage it to move aft. With good wedge placement and some sledge hammer persuasion, we were able to move the mast back in the center of the hole and properly wedge the mast all around. Everything is snug now and I'm very happy with how the project went. (No pics yet but I"ll try to remember to get a couple.)

Before heading to the boat, I spent my morning finalizing the apprentice schedule. We're welcoming six apprentices this season - ages 13 - 17!

I investigated a leak in cabin #8 that has been plaguing me. I think I found the problem. I reefed out a seam on the cabin top just above that cabin and recaulked it. I'll put the water to it tomorrow and see if that solves the problem.

Just to top off another productive day, we drove to Camden to attend a Maine Windjammer Association meeting. Meg, our PR and marketing guru, treated us (bribed us?) with tea and dessert (a chocolate pudding cake served a la mode). Thanks, Meg!

Spring Outfitting - Day Eight

It's day eight of spring outfitting and we're really getting into our work. The mast heads are painted and the masts are scraped and slushed so we moved on to tarring the rig. My Brian tended us from on deck as we headed aloft - Brian C. on the main, Gregory on the fore, and me in the boatswain's chair doing the jib stay and head stay - and helped us clean up when we were all done.

"Momma said there'd be days like this."

After getting cleaned up and having lunch we also managed to:

-fix the lashing on several rat boards
-get a second coat of paint on our deck rings
-paint the two forward hatches
-paint the battery box
-paint the engine box cover for the yawl boat
-sand a companionway ladder
-sand and varnish the galley top
-sand and paint the grub around the mid-ship cabin

Bob Bickford came by and continued work on Daniel. He also delivered a brand new boarding step! The old one was heavy and falling apart. The new one is made out of cedar decking and is lighter but still very sturdy. It's bare wood right now and we're trying to decide what color to make it. The old one was black with a yellow edge and we're fairly certain we'd like something different for this one.

Another productive day.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Seven

Not a lot to report for today. Brian sanded and painted Rebecca again....her second, and probably final, coat. I set up the chop saw to clean up the random wood around our wood shed. I'm making a pile that is going to the dump, a pile that is usable that will get stacked neatly for future projects, and I'm cutting up the rest for what we call "small wood". The pot belly stove in the main cabin is pretty small and big pieces of wood don't fit very well. Hopefully we won't be using the pot belly stove very often this summer but we'll have plenty of wood if we need to!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Six

The guys have the day off. They deserve it after putting in a great first week.

I enjoyed a morning of fun NPR programming (Car Talk, Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and Whad'Ya Know?) while Brian headed off to the shipyard to sand the ladders he removed yesterday. We took a minute to check out the Apprenticeshop nautical rummage sale and scored three brand new blue boat cushions for $1 each! That was definitely worth the trip. We unloaded the life raft from the truck as that is definitely not a one person job. We took Izze to the dog park and then I spent the afternoon working on redesigning our brochure. I'm happy with the results and as soon as we get a photo release from one photographer, we'll be able to go to print and have our new brochures in less than a month.

An easy day, but a spring outfitting day nonetheless. Our minds are thinking all boat, all the time.

Spring Outfitting - Day Five

It was a rainy day so the guys worked below sanding the white in the main cabins. I have a leak to track down in cabin #8 so they skipped that cabin for now. My Brian met me at EBS (a local hardware/ lumber store) where he helped me load the wood necessary to fix the float and we immediately installed it when we arrived at the shipyard. Now our two floats are ready to go!

My Brian took a couple companionway ladders off the boat and used a heat gun to remove the non-skid strips on each tread.

I worked on repairing a hatch as well as putting the finishing touches on the new bung from the day before and applied wood sealer to the stripped threshhold that it was in.

We all went to lunch together...Chinese buffet!

Everyone just wanted to take naps after lunch but instead my Brian took the truck (and Izze!) to Portland to pick up our life raft; a perfect rainy day errand. The raft gets serviced and certified every year. Brian also delivered our brochures to the Yarmouth Visitor Center on the way back.

Our life raft is now back home.

The guys cleaned up from their sanding and spent most of the rest of the day priming. I stripped layers of thick paint off our radar post and painted it. We're getting a new radar this year (woohoo!) so the post is off the boat and easier to work with than usual.

Here's the (upside down) radar post after I have painted half of it. It looks way better now.

We spent about a half-hour at the end of the day talking about bilge pumps, thru-hulls, holding tanks, and gray water and how those systems work.

We had a great first week!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Four

Sanding, painting. Sanding, painting. That's pretty much what we're up to every day right now. Gregory and Brian C. hand-sanded the primer in the galley and on the main cabin house sides and spent the day painting all the white.

My Brian tended to the seams on Rebecca and filled in some cosmetic imperfections before giving her a hand-sanding and paint. Brian also painted the gray in the heads.

I painted the top of the head house. Unfortunately, I used a little paint roller to get under the boom that is resting just an inch or so above the head house and the roller cover was pretty hairy so when the boom is moved I'll likely sand it again and give it another coat.

I also dug out an old bung on the most aft threshold of the main cabin as it was misshaped and had allowed water in around it and the wood was cracked and graying. I filled the hole and drilled it for a slightly larger bung. I stripped the varnish and bleached it with oxalic acid so we'll see if it brightened up at all.

I painted the red stars on all of the spars so they are done!

I varnished several items in the varnish room and am very pleased with the results. I was able to do final coats on the navigation box, the forecastle hatch cover, and the engine box cover for the yawl boat. The next (and final) step for two of those pieces will be to paint the bristol beige on the edges.

We own two paint floats. Brian and I repaired one last fall. It was in pretty bad shape and needed new flotation foam as well as new boards. I tore some of our second float apart yesterday to determine how much needed to be replaced. It's 16' long and I just need to get three boards to replace ones that would likely have caused a twisted ankle or an unexpected swim.

I also filled the paint shed window box with pansies! I'll try to get a picture on a sunny day.



The yawl boat engine cover before...

...and after.

All the painting is done in the heads.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Spring Outfitting - Day Three

I left the house this morning in a long sleeved shirt and sweatshirt. It was foggy, damp, and chilly. By lunch time the fog was clearing and the sky was getting brighter; I changed from my knit cap to an Evans ball cap for the afternoon. I wish I had changed into a t-shirt because it was hot under the winter cover.

Gregory sanded the overhead in the galley this morning while Brian C. hand-sanded the inside of the heads so they could receive their second coat of paint. After lunch the guys cleaned up in the galley and primed the bare wood spots from sanding.

The galley overhead is white between the deck beams and this is just a portion of what the guys sanded and primed today. See that reflection on the forward bulkhead? That's from the galley table that has been sanded and already has one coat of varnish. It will get hand-sanded with 220-grit paper and varnished again after the overhead has been painted.

Brian finished sanding the outside of Rebecca and primed the bare wood spots. I sanded several items in the varnish room in preparation for their final coat of varnish which I'll do tomorrow late in the afternoon when I have a brand new brush, a brand new can of varnish, and hopefully no traffic in and out of the room. That's the best way to get a nice dust-free finish coat.

Bob came by to start working on Daniel. He removed a thwart (seat) that he will be replacing.

After lunch I painted the grub beam around the galley house while Brian painted the white around the mid-ship house.

Here's the red I painted on the galley house today. The white is done, the varnished corner posts are done, and the red is done. Next is the varnish on the top and around the companionway and then the bristol beige margin planks on the sides. Whew!

This is the mid-ship house after Brian painted the white around the sides. You can see the red grub beam has been sanded and primed (that's what the galley looked like before I painted it). You can also see that the top has been sanded and sealed and the margin planks have been sanded and primed. We're basically working forward to aft on all of the deck houses.

Gregory and Brian C. put the final coat of white on the ends of all the spars. I plan to paint the red stars on all the spars tomorrow and then they will be done! Gregory and Brian C. also applied the final coat of white inside the heads. Next for the heads will be to paint the gray which is often accomplished in just one coat. Then they will be done!

The white inside the heads is done...gray is next.
Any guesses what the four black squares on the wall in the starboard head are?

It's only day three and we're moving right along. Both Brian C. and Gregory are good painters so that helps. They also both have a great attitude and we feel so fortunate to be off to a great start for this season!

Here's Brian cleaning his paint brush at the end of the day.

Now a shower, some dinner, some vitamin I (ibuprofen) for my sore body, some vitamin M (M&M's) for my sweet tooth, and then rest, rest, rest.