….”And you hit the grown RUNNING!”
Huh??? But what does this mean, you may ask. Well, the “Big Secret” actually works. This song kept on showing up on spotify last summer and got me thinking…. long story short, as of March 1st……I have retired!!!!!! Howdoya like them apples?!?!? Actually, I just don’t work at the Athens Concert Hall anymore. I’ll be retired when the $$ start trickling in…now I’m just unemployed but at least I’m out of the rat race!
And you’d think I’d be writing blogs more often….dream on….So…
Last summer Zoot Allures did not travel. I never got the solar panels on due to physical and emotional exhaustion. But it was wonderful to be back on the water after 3 years. Late October it was time to haul out. The day before I headed out to the main bay for final preps. On the way I tested out the new electric drive, not severely, and it came up as I had expected. 20amps at 3knots, 45amps at 4knots.
Next day the haul out ordeal…. always nice to see the sun rise.
The next day I had my first appointment with the “dude” who let me know I was able to retire now. The following day I helped G.S. with olive picking and in the middle of the night I came down with covid. Emotional roller coaster!
So back in the ol’ yard. Last year I had purchased an all-in-one Chinese diesel heater and got that installed. Its just a temp setup to get through this winter. I also got an exhaust siphon for condensation. I still haven’t thought of a way for a final installation…. the exhaust get really hot and dangerous.
So as you can see, the exhaust goes right up through the ceiling of the pilot house… no new hole, just through an air vent hole. And speaking of air vents, ol’ Zoot has six of them. They are old, rotten and dissolve in your hand. I cant find the same replacements and any other vents go for over 50bucks a pop. That’s 300 minimum so that my farts don’t linger. A college friend suggested I 3D print them. I thought he was mad but after “some” research, long story sort, I started designing the vent in Fusion 360. (I used to be a mechanical engineer and really wish I had this software 40 years ago!) Then I bought a Creality Ender 3 Neo and a kilo of PLA for under 300euro! (I could use other plastics like Petg or Abs but I’ll stick with Pla for starters.) After going through the beginners learning curve and mess ups and tweaking, I got the test prints done and started the main vent. Unfortunately there was no way to print without supports for the overhangs. That support is 1/3 of the material and duration and the first print took 18hours. After learning a lot more I started tweaking in the slicer software, Prusa and/or Cura, and got it down to 14 hours.
And at long last, I got the Photovoltaic panels on. The old two 50watt panels for the 12volt service system previously on the pilothouse got moved to the rear railings and I installed four 100watt panels on the pilothouse for the 48volt propulsion system. Don’t ask me how….it was a major pain!! But it’s working making free “gas”!!
So now you have to bend over every time you enter Zoot Allures!
So look out!
Stay tuned, Capt Pete
ps…I’ve said it once and a million times, wordpress is impossible to place pic where you want them. I’ve spent more time messing with it than I was typing the post…yeeesh!
pss…. I miss Eddie
Thought you’d never miss me ’til I got a fat city address
Non-stop talker, what a rocker
Blue-eyed murder in a size five dress
Change, nothin’ stays the same
Unchained, and ya hit the ground runnin’
Change, ain’t nothin’ stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground runnin’