Wet Again!

Howdie folks!

Yep it’s that time of the year. Zoot Allures is back in the water! This is my 6th season. You’d think I’d be used to this stuff, but I’m not. It always seems like the first time except for the procedure. It’s tiring as hell.

The previous weekend was the last rap. Most of the lingering projects were stuffed away and launch mode was set in place. On Wednesday I blasted out of work and painted the antifoul. Friday night the last prep was done… take off photovoltaic panels, clears decks, sort lines etc. Saturday morning Giannis and I launched with Giannis first. He had his sons to help and I had a colleague, George, come over to watch with his grandsons and camera. All photos are credited to George… a.k.a Mastoras! Another important note… it was partly cloudy. If it had been sunny, we would have died from exposure. I know I would have.

So the truck pulled in and away we go. Strap her up and step aside.

Once on the truck, I gotta sand and paint where the supports were and under the keel while the mast was raised onto the deck. Plus we took the windvane off.

A tight squeeze out of the yard and off to port. And ol’ Zoot is wet again.

By now the grandsons had gotten bored so George took off and there are not photos of the mast-ing. Whatever. After that we went for a few beers and food! The next couple of dayz were putting Zoot Allures back together again. The last day I motored away from the dirty noisy harbor to my nice quiet mooring. The ball had sunk so I anchored, dove in, retrieved the mooring lines and tied up. Then washed the decks with about 20 buckets of sea water… those mooring lines get really gooky  and gooey over the winter and …… that’s it! I was totally spent! But boy, it felt soooo good to be back!

Stay tuned and gooeyless,

Capt Pete.

ps…. I don’t really have anything to add here. But one thing did cross my mind. Paula over the winter said  after my whining about my dead boat, is that it’s a dream killer. And so true. Now I can dream again. !! 🙂


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Oh! Calcutta!

Remember that movie???

Lots of other titles came to mind, like “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn!” but I’ll stick to this one which may become apparent.

Thanks Gregor!

So yeah, over 2 months since my last post. Easter came and went, the weather is remarkably better and I’ve been living through a cluster f#$@k. Work had me getting up at 5:30 for 2 weeks, quite a few Saturdays, plus I’ve been having visitors in town which I hadn’t seen in years. One was 46 years from Bethesda MD, the other was 30 years, a roommate from the Boston dayz, and the third dude was 28 years  from my Lowell jammin’ dayz. Yes, my mind has been spinning! What a trip!

And speaking of spinning, I’ve been crankin’ on Zoot Allures in frenzy mode.

Heat exchanger and oil cooler are all rapped up and reinstalled. The raw water pump was leaking again and got rebuilt again (ho hum). But it never stops to amazing how the Perkins just fires right up after 5 months!

The engine anti-siphon  had its breather plumbed into the cockpit drain hose which always seemed like a horrible idea. So I got some hose to change both of the cockpit drains. After meticulously measuring the length necessary, I cut it and it ended up being too short… typical. The the next cut was good, but not enough hose to change both. TYPICAL!! But since I was in and out of being under the cockpit (like 20 times) I changed part of the exhaust hose.




An other big gig was installing the shaft brake and also  tapping a hole in the shaft coupling to screw a screw to act as a pin for the brake to claw onto. (If you don’t understand what I’m talking about… don’t worry!) Naturally this a a job for the Main Man Kosta (who also reinstalled the coolers). And I almost lost him on a few occasions!

lock off

lock on






The control cable for the lock will be installed at a later date. For now I’ll just lower and raise it with a piece of rope.

So now it’s rock and roll time. I’m planning on launching in a week. I’ve got the Perkins all serviced and it’s time to rap this baby up. Many many things are going to wait for next winter. Like shelves in the hanging lockers…. I’ve been wanting to do so for 5 years now but it keeps on getting put off. All that “must” be done is antifoul paint after I plug up a couple of holes I drilled into the bottom of the windvane rudder to drain some water it accumulated…… and tidy up the boat which is in shambles!!

Stay tuned and strong…. I’m trying!

Capt Pete

ps… and to understand how I went with the current title…. here’s what I posted on my f-book page 2 weeks ago……

“Suddenly. …. I’m not half the man I used to be,
Probably has to with a colonoscopy,
Oh, but it was better
Than Yes-turd-day!
La lala la la…..!”


pss…. I’m cranking hard put so many things are getting into the way. I had a bad cold last week which was followed with a small lumbago. Lots of socializing with foreigners from out of town, unexpected work jumping up and tomorrow’s gonna pour all day… just to mention a few. But ol Zoot shall prevail! I’m not too sure about me!?!

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The Better Bucket

Hey Ya’ll

Here’s a post that yields from my typical _ _ _ _ _ _ (you fill in the blanks) type. The previous Saturday it rained and rained and rained some more. So instead of heading out to ol’ Zoot Allures, I stayed home. I actually didn’t even step out side! I was starting to somewhat clear up my messy boat corner in my living room and came across a piece of 1/2inch rope which I’d been saving for a project I’ve read in a Lin and Larry book “The Cost Conscious Cruiser”. It’s “The Better Bucket”. Some links of it are here and here.

I’m a copyright fiend!

It’s a canvas bucket which is easy to store and scoops up water just about every time (instead of bouncing on the sea surface). Plus it looks salty as hell and is cool.  So first you burn and melt the ends of the rope together to form a ring. I also did the sewing part which makes sure it won’t come apart…. plus it was still raining! Then you measure out your canvas, fold it over and sew down one side.

Now, the next part was kinda confusing. And if you hit the links above and you figure it out, bravo to you! I experimented with a piece of paper and pretty much came to the conclusion that…. that canvas you folded over and sewed form a tube, which you pass through the ring and fold it over itself engulfing the rope ring, thus engulfing the ring in the fold over, forming , lets say,  a bottomless bucket (?). If you can explain that any better…. please do!!

Next you sew on a double layer bottom. This is a bit funky cause I’m going through 4 layers of fabric, and 6 at the hem. Plus it tends to pucker so you gotta take your time, which I didn’t. But hey, every thing I sew has my signature on it! Et viola!

Now I needed some lead to sew close to the rim so the better bucket tips in the sea to fill. During the week I went and shopped some. It’s a meter long and weighs 1 kilo. So 100 grams is 10 cm worth. Easy! Plus I can’t find my Moms  old Weight Watcher scale which is somewhere in my pad!?!! The instructions say to melt some down to form a disk. I opted just to fold my 10cm piece in half and pound the daylights out of it with a hammer. The hell with the neighbors! They’ve been too noisy lately anyway. So I drilled a couple of hole into it, filed the corners, sewed it on,  added two grommets (metal ones…. I hate sewing by hand like the instructions say), and……………………………………….

I got a Better Buuucket

I got a Better Buuuucket

Nia nia nia

nia nia


Stay tuned,

Capt Pete.

ps…. Spring has sprung! It stopped raining, the sun came out! I gotta get working on Zoot Allures before it is engulfed by nature!

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