Dry Bunghole.

But you may ask “how is it possible during the hot summer?”. What you should be asking is why are you asking the author of this post known to be…”An actual bunghole….. which is the tap hole on a beer or whiskey keg, so called because it is sealed closed with a wedge or cork called a “bung.”. And if you wanna see a couple in action…….

So yeah, it seems like Zoot Allures is NOT sinking anymore…. and sorry for letting you all hanging with suspense for the past month and a half. Feel free to use the title, or variations of it, to describe your feelings about me. Because I……..

… haven’t been doing jack shit! Most of my time has been spent in the picture above, reading, resting, listening to podcasts and…that’s about it. The leak problem was fixed after pouring thickened epoxy in that god forsaken, inaccessible cavity, plus sticking some epoxy putty up ol’ Zoot’s bunghole. Now all I have to do is to check on a diaper to sooth my paranoia.

e viola la bunghole!

Fixing the for mentioned and partial rebuilding my mooring really did me in. Plus other stuff have pissed me off, like my genoa roller wouldn’t slide up the furling thingie which I solved with lots of soap and water, but it has be soo windy the past month the genoa sail is still bagged in the v-berth…. along with 400watts of solar panels.

That’s probably why my only visitors are black swans!

I got kinda lonely so I rolled up my new bladder dinghy, stuck it into the back seat of my car and rolled down to the family farm in Nafplio for 10 days. Good times. Now I’m back, the winds have subsided. 10 more days and I’m back at the day job.

Sea trials of the electric motor are coming up so…

Stay tuned… and don’t hold your breath

Capt Pete

ps….day job starts on a Sunday. Sonafabitch!

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Welcome to the Dudgeon….

The dudgeon…. under the cockpit which normally is never visited as it has floor boards covering it, utilized for storage. That is where you can access the prop shaft, stuffing box and the bilge. Getting in and out isn’t fun as I realized 10 years ago

Hold on….. lets back up a bit

Zoot Allures was launched last Wednesday after being on the hard since 2018!!!!

A sight for poor eyes. ….which got a lot poor-er when I checked for leaks before the crane let go. We where concerned with the stern tube renovation (cutlass bearing and stuffing box). But there was leakage further up which could have just been trapped rain water. After the mast was stepped I dove in and realized salt water was coming in from somewhere.

It seemed to be from the area forward of the rudder shaft. I used epoxy putty wherever I thought was needed…numerous times… many numerous times, but still it was getting wet. Digging further in I found a pool accumulating behind the rudder post which overflows.

The rudder stuffing box is bone dry and I can’t see where this pool is filling from. I just can’t get that far in, only my arms reach. After 2 days it subsided a bit and seems to be a generous cup of seawater every 24 hours…. much better than the first 2 days. I sponged it out and stuffed a diaper in there and left ol’ Zoot Sunday night with a prayer. And no…I don’t have an automatic bilge pump! Pffffff …the last thing I wanted with a new electric motor… a salty humid interior!!

Speaking of electric motor…..it works! I took it real easy due to not having installed the sails as a back up. I anchored out across from the harbor a couple of nights and my friend Ulbe helped me get the main sail up and then I motored to my old mooring. To get more motor info I need someone to steer the boat while I dig around…stay tuned.

And speaking of Ulbe…. Ulbe and Carla are in town staying on their boat!!. If it wasn’t for them I would have been dead. They calmed me down and fed me…twice!….because I kept on forgetting my wallet. My gratitude to them is endless. They would also come to my mooring area and I’d swim out and hang in the shade with them while eating my mustache wondering what to do about the leak.!

So…yeah…..here we go again. The last 3 years I had erased the boat life from my mind cause it was too upsetting and getting back into it has been a challenge. I guess the first 100 years are the most difficult.

Stay tuned and dry please,

Capt Pete.

ps….the previous post I mentioned a new member of the family

It’s a Aqua Storm 1.8meter, 20kgr …bladder! which is now in the back seat of my car. I haven’t set up a dinghy mooring yet and I’m also afraid of it getting stolen…again!

pss…. this whole leak ordeal has really done me in. How do you leave your leaking boat when you have to hustle to work, like where I am now. Thursday night I’ll be back out on ol’ Zoot. No more surprises please. I’m taking some epoxy with me so this little drama will end. Otherwise……………………

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Pushing…..

….my buttons!

Hey! It’s Sunday….and I’m at work…again… banging out a quicky.

The final push is in full effect. Last Monday and Tuesday I was down on ol’ Zoot. Moved down with the V-berth cushions and did a bunch of tiding up and cleaning. The V-berth has been a storage space for 3 years so you can get an idea. I also took off the boat covers, cleared the decks and spent 3 hours on my hands and knees with 2 hand brushes and laundry detergent getting 3 years of grit off.

Every thing looks good to go with the motor so I finalized the instrument panel made of 4mm plywood, not ideal and sexy but no time for any thing fancy.

Clockwise from top right. Display panel with rpm’s, battery voltage, amp usage, motor and controller temps. Rotary switch for prop braking/regen (yet to be proven). Key switch, green light and a big ass kill switch.

Meanwhile back home, I’ve the tiller for repairs. The holes were messed up so I drilled/filled/drilled them. I also fattened the cheeks and painted them white. And finished with deck oil. 2 thru screws hold it to the stainless bracket with a 3rd screw for the bracket tongue….which f-ing broke #$#@@#!!! Plus I tried to remove/scape some paint off the tongue area and it came out shitty so……my tiller is still a bit disappointing… but will do for know…. along with many other things.

Plus there is a new member of the Zoot Allures family which resembles my bladder at 6am…yet to be presented.

On Tuesday I’m heading down with a car full of sails and cushions and what nots and am going to paint the hull with antifoul paint. Shit’s gotten real!

Plus on Tuesday it’s gonna get real hot.

Stay tuned,

Capt. Pete.

ps… this conference is about hypertension. Good thing they don’t know the state I’m in. Otherwise they would be sticking needles into me!

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