|Had to come down at dark o'clock to secure this on deck during a gale: Thus is boat life.|
|Replaced the fridge compressor. It's doing well.|
|Hatch strut for forepeak. Stayed up in 25 knots.|
Some jobs have manifested on the basis of deliveries or even weather. In the inevitably severe "culling of the gear", a few items were obviously and quickly done, like putting handholds in tricksy spots.
|Needs further protection, obviously.|
Other jobs relied on outside contractor enthusiasm. These welded-on SS bars make the three-inch bollard horns four inches...a small but real improvement suggested by Mrs. Alchemy.
|"Barlow's Bollard Extenders"|
|Brought to you by trig and ADD.|
|Biggest winch handle versus working clearance.|
|It's down a bit, but not more than six inches. There's a shallow beach on the seawall beneath the waves.|
|He's usefully taller now, about three cm. shorter than me, which makes him able to reach pretty well everything aboard.|
|Water tank frames completed.|
|Huge pain in the ass, this job, but necessary.|
|Bonus: It holds the hatch open for brief, calm-wather egress.|
|Bit of a saga choosing 2 ga. wiring.|
|Every journey needs a map, right? Most of the jobs I do are first-time for me. The windlass is more like rewiring a starter motor, so not completely weird or novel.|
|So many holes in the steel deck makes me nervous....|
The job took a couple of days and a couple of hole saws. I've gotten pretty efficient at putting holes, however, in steel decking, by necessity.
|HDPE standoffs insulate the windlass body from the steel deck, as recommended by the Italiate instructions.|
|Looks good, but I have to trace a short.|
|And wire it up...later...|
|Mrs. Alchemy questions the logic of materialism.|
|The older, wooden, more tool-orientated shed features limited electricity.|
|Books, beds and toaster ovens?|
|That Pelican cooler is great, but too big for the voyage. We brought the beat-up Koolatron as an auxiliary fridge.|
|Behold the spare main...at least it's not stuffed into the forepeak.|
|The ubiquitous "Billy" bookshelves. Six of these were successfully curbed in the alleyway.|
|Well, that's nice.|
We got aboard, although it nearly broke Mrs. Alchemy and made us uncordial at points, and started to experience life aboard. But more was to come...
|Another case of loads of measuring and planning and interior alterations to get this, pun intended, in gear.|
|I did not know one could purchase a 2 3/8" hole saw a close match for an Italian spec. Now I do.|
|Took some adjustments, but it works as advertised and we've practised docking with it. A fine mod.|
|Mast, moon and mainsail.|
The "sundowner" has become a fixture of the day, but so have very early nights (2130-2200h) and rising with the dawn. Mainly due to exhaustion.
|Wait until you see the plumbing this requires...oy!|
There's doings on the autopilot front, but I will save that for a later post. Needless to say, it's deferred our departure (again) and I'm doing it myself.
|Foot plus switch.|
|Yes, that's a fused negative. Buy me a pint and I'll tell you why.|
Further progress on the windlass. Nearly there...
|This seemed a reasonable spot, semi-protected yet near the end of the vessel.|
|Goes off both in water or if buttons are pushed.|
|Belt, meet suspenders.|
May we never, as with the liftraft, need it.