Fixing stuff along the way…Part 1

Our new mantra – Never give up. Stay mentally strong. Make it work.

We left Turtle Bay on Tuesday morning and realized we had a problem with our anchor, so we stopped in the middle of the bay to fix it (not a problem – got it fixed), and in a short time, found ourselves completely engulfed in birds – our engine must of scared up fish because there were thousands of them –

Fixing the Crankshaft pully. Bailing wire to the rescue!

making the water black with birds. There were pelicans torpedoing into the water, gulls, terns, and shearwaters. It was a magnificent sight to see, and although we were focused on fixing the anchor, we deliberately took the time to watch and marvel at what we were seeing. Things are like that out at sea. A shit storm brews, and then all of a sudden, you’re rewarded with the most magical experiences reminding us again and again to pay attention, look around, look up, breathe.

Then, about 15 minutes after leaving Turtle Bay, we noticed our alternator stopped charging, and within seconds, the engine was overheating, and the alternator belt had basically burned up….so, here we are, heading out into the Pacific Ocean, with a 2 day passage and no engine. Not a comforting feeling. Our plan was to get into a safe anchorage and then work on it there since it’s nearly impossible to do with 7-10 foot rolling seas. 

There are no perfect anchorages or marinas between here and Cabo San Lucas. There aren’t any towns or people, and there is no internet, so we were hoping to rely on our own ingenuity, the spare parts we had, our satellite phone, and a little luck.

It took us 2 long days to get to Santa Magdalena, and we were excited because we had heard it was a protected bay with good anchorages. Without an engine, we had to sail into the anchorage, and the wind was coming in the absolute opposite direction from where we needed it to for a restful anchorage. We managed to do it perfectly only after sailing back and forth across the bay a few times to get the right angle of approach and then use the wind to stop us before we headed too far into shore – it took us about 4 hours.  

Our anchor held like a champ, but the anchorage was anything but calm. Grey skies, 20 mph winds and swelling seas bounced us around like we were on the ocean. There were a couple of scares in the middle of the night when our collision alarm went off, as fishing/shrimping boats were headed our way but easily went around us. We would complain more about how awful this anchorage was, but we didn’t want to jinx it since our anchor was holding! Late that night, a catamaran came in and anchored near us – they are closer to shore, but it didn’t seem to help them either as they rolled and bucked around like us.

Brett Michaels and McGyver had a baby man child….

The next morning, we had a big breakfast as a reward for making it safely here, and Kirby got to work on the alternator. It turns out that not every bolt was fitted with a washer, so the vibration of use and the ocean must have worked it free enough to create a shimmy that destroyed the belt and could have done damage to the drive shaft. We have a huge box of screws and washers on board in our parts case but nothing that would fix it, and with no one around, and no way to “run to the hardware store”, we had to get creative. So, with a little brainstorming, we decided to give seizing wire a try and wrap it tightly around the head of the screw to create a faux washer – it seemed to do the trick, and the only thing we really need the engine for now is to get us safely out of this anchorage and safely into the marina at San Jose Del Cabo.

Never give up. Stay mentally strong. Make it work.

Pilot House Windows

So our Pilot House windows leaked a bit when the rain came.  It wasn’t much leakage, but enough to concern us when making a long voyage.  We were also concerned about the integrity of the underlying structure and wanted to see if there was any damage to the pilot house from leaking before we purchased the boat.

The picture below shows the windows – you can see the aluminum frames if you zoom in:)

The original window frames were made from aluminum the new ones are made from a single piece of vinyl we also chose to use 3/8 inch glass instead of the original quarter-inch glass.

To keep the sun out we tinted the original windows. We did this with a vinyl film on the interior of the windows. It worked great but they would scratch easily. The new windows use tinted glass.

Original Windows

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60 Days to launch…

We have decided to leave on February 14.  Assuming good weather:)

February 14 is the day Jodi and I officially started 27 years ago, so this date seems like a good one.

Here is the list of projects as of today.  Thanks to the crews at Pacific Offshore Rigging, Smart Marine Services and The Yacht Docktor for all your hard work.

OPERATION:  SAIL SOUTH 2018

PROJECT PERSON DATE NOTES
Main rigging POR Dec Fritz coming this week
Main sail POR Jan End of December
New lines POR Jan End of December
Rig preventer POR Jan End of December
Review all deck hardware for rig POR/KW Jan Before all rigging is completed
Trial sail run POR Jan Go out with Fritz/team
New engine room lights NIC Nov Done?
Refrigeration & freezer seals in doors, gaskets, trim NIC Dec Week of 11/26
A/C install NIC Dec Week of 11/26
Install carbon filter to black water NIC Dec Week of 11/26
Ensure bilge pump float switches working properly NIC Dec Week of 12/6
Secure propane central panel in galley NIC Dec Week of 12/6
110 plug/switch for scuba compressor NIC Dec Week of 12/6
110 plug/switch for compressor in engine room NIC Dec Week of 12/6
Generator spares/service NIC Dec Week of 12/6
Install 110/USB plug  in cockpit NIC Dec Week of 12/6
Mount/install fuel polisher NIC Dec Week of 12/6
Test/polish fuel NIC Dec Week of 12/6
New deck/running/anchor lights NIC Dec Week of 12/6
Rework battery power selection switch – broken? NIC Dec Week of 12/17
Tank monitors calibration/connect NIC Dec Week of 12/17
Wind generator NIC Dec Week of 12/17
Install solar panel rack feet NIC Jan Week of 12/31
Install bimini struts for solar panels NIC Jan Week of 12/31
Refrigeration fix MOR Dec Doors must be complete to test

Fixed but waiting on doors to be fixed to test

SSB Radio SHA Dec Start install week of 15th.  KW to call Shae on the 13th
VHF Install SHA Dec Radio and remote installed.  Need to connect wire in master cabin closet.  Shae will do during ssb install.
New window install RAN Dec Randy to call KW when windows are ready.  After 12/15
New cockpit flooring RAN Jan Tbd – may hold until later…
Diesel service review & parts PAC Dec Finish service, incl spare parts

Final install and test on 12/19 & 12/20

Schedule meeting w/ Kris/Ayko JW Dec Potential for 12/5
Schedule/pay for captains license JW Dec Week of 11/26
Rent AirBNB JW Dec Move in 11/30-12/22
Scuba refits for Cayman Islands JW Dec Week of 11/26
Review shirt purchases JW/KW Dec
Continue consulting & board interviews JW Dec GLG, 3rd Bridge, etc.
Explore work/volunteer options JW/KW Dec Workaway, Research projects, Sea Shepherd, boat sitters, innkeepers, Tadzio
Consolidate storage units: eliminate Rocket ASAP, repack all JW/KW Dec Organize into: donate, sell, keep in storage, ship or move to boat
Move CBC storage stuff JW/KW Dec Inform CBC
Remove personal stuff from 7CB JW/KW Dec Organize remaining equipment
Triangulate readiness list JW/KW Dec Review against others lists
Clean out & organize stern lockers JW/KW Dec Prep, clean, organize
Scuba equipment review – boat JW/KW Dec Buy tanks, find storage, update computers, pair with BCs
Build hooks/labels for lockers KW Dec To hang lines, fenders, equip
Paint/seal anchor locker JW/KW Dec
Install Wirie Pro KW Dec
Create safe space for counter appliances/hold in place KW Dec Coffee maker, etc.
Find secure place for sewing mach KW Dec Nico room?
Reattach lim buss in cockpit KW Dec
Store drogue /review procedure JW/KW Dec After lockers are organized
Mount liferaft JW/KW Dec Or move onto boat off of dock
Quote for new flooring in cockpit KW Dec Schedule complete early Jan
Test all actisense engine monitoring options KW Dec
Connect AIS on vests to MFDs KW Dec Need to buy new MFDs
Document water making process JW Dec Type/laminate/post under sink
Build passage plan 2/18* JW/KW Dec Review & build passage plan
Determine if we want to have crew JW/KW Dec www.findacrew.com, SSCS
Rush renewal of JW passport JW Jan ASAP after scuba trip
Complete sale of 7 Coldbrew KW Jan 12/31/17 turnover
Sell stuff online JW/KW Jan Bikes, tools, scooter?
Ship art to family JW/KW Jan
Build log for captains license JW/KW Jan Week of 12/31
Prep/identify place for safekeeping JW/KW Jan Week of 12/31
Change dinghy passage storage KW Jan Determine best place to store
Change address (WA, FL, TX?) JW/KW Jan Determine place of residence
Change insurance KW Jan Review for hurricane req
Research reliable marinas for hurricane season KW Jan Review pulling boat out/storing during hurricane season
Label all switches, pipes, lines KW Jan Need label maker tape
Complete taxes JW/KW Jan
Test, fix all cabinet doors KW Jan
Fix cabinet under stove KW Jan
Build shelf system in settee lockers JW Jan
Make labels/id storage key JW Jan Type/laminate/post
Restore unneeded shoes/clothes JW Jan
Create 1st closet for outerwear JW Jan
Inventory outerwear needs JW/KW Jan Purchase foul weather gear
Last clean/organize/sweep of engine room and Nico room KW/NIC Jan Organize spare parts, put into crates, label, clean/mop
Build supply list to purchase JW/KW Jan Provisions, spare parts, materials, etc.
Build menu plan for passages JW Jan For overnight passages
Prep Jasper/health certificates JW Jan
Clean all floors/carpets JW Jan
Cancel services, memberships JW Jan SGYC, NYT, utilities, etc.
Create letter/blog to F&F JW Jan
Buy charts & navigation tools JW/KW Jan For Mexico–>Panama
Change SGYC membership KW Jan Change to out of country travel

 

Complete all classes JW/KW Jan Weather, radar, nav, captains
Get physicals, dentist, eye doctors JW/KW Jan Complete all appts, get scripts
Build out ditch kit JW/KW Dec
Cook food for freezer, passages JW/KW Feb
Final fill up diesel, pump out JW/KW Feb Organize black water cleanout
Apply for Turkish visas JW/KW Feb For July-September++