All of you who have been following (to whom I am thankful) know that last weekend wasn’t the success I planned. So during the week I got a bit more organized and equipped myself with 40grit holed orbital sandpaper, a new shop vac and a long cheepo hand pump (I luv new toys)! This weekend was Greek Orthodox Easter and I got Thursday thru Tuesday off work and had a plan to juggle boat+family. So Thursday I’m of to the boat.
Pump the gook: So in I dove and started pumping into empty 4liter (approx 1 gallon) containers. After 4 or 5 (I lost count) jugs of mostly water I got to the nasty stuff. I did my best not to make a mess but… well you know. Leaning in holding the jug and pump in one hand while the other pulls up a meter long handle with little head room ain’t easy. After cleaning up a bit (even some gook running down my cheeks) it was time to tie up some diapers and stuff them below to do their thing.
Hull Sanding: Masked, prepped and ready with my random orbital connected to the vac and 40grit, I went at it. What a difference!!! Nearly dustless sanding! Everyone should run out and get a shopvac!!!! I got thru half one side of the hull in (as we mechanical engineers call it) “dt” time! Then my arms fell off. Content with the results, I rapped up the sanding process after cleaning the vac out only to see that all the dust was clogging the vac filter. Cleaning it was a messy process… gotta find a way to put some kind of paper bag in there.
One last bit of business for the day was to reopen the fuel tank and do a little more cleaning with acetone (which really works). By the time I finished, cleaning up and sealing the tank, Kostas came by and we talked of things to do and I showed him my progress. Then I showed him a major question which dumbfounded him and is a good one for all of you. Why do I have a raw water (with sea-cock) input tee-ing in with the, above waterline, output of the electric bilge-pump??? Anyway, the evening proceeded with hanging out with Kosta and Paula and drinking raki and talking music.
Friday morning, got up a bit oozy and took off to meet the family in beautiful Nafplio about 200km away. Greek Easters can be a blog of their own so I’m not gonna write much other than I barbequed, drank, made merry with friends and family, almost got blown up by firecrackers at “Christos Anesti” time (I stuffed myself into the church to save my ass!) and I shaved my beard which has been annoying when you stick your head in closed boat areas and sanding and… ew!. Mother is so pleased!
Tuesday, Back to the boat! After a cup of Paula’s badass coffee and chocolate cake, I finished the remaining half of the hull half. I really gotta find a paper bag thing for the vac. Unclogging the filter is a hassle, more than the sanding! After picking up my arms which fell off again, I proceeded to other tasks.
Changed the diapers.
I poured the diesel back (4 jerries, 80lit approx) in with Mr Funnel, a great product for holding water and other debris. I also injected acetone into the holes I had opened the the windvane rudder.
Changed the diapers.
I figured out the wiring and hooked up my fresh water pump (I’ve been washing up with a jug of water over a bucket). I was afraid the pressure switch was toast but it all worked. I got fresh water running from the taps! WhoHoo! 🙂 Clean hands! I also installed a filter before the pump. Still need an accumulator tank after the pump… part of this week’s shopping list.
Changed the diapers. (ready to have children one day)
Feeling really happy, I decided to do the head (toilet). It’s new. I had poured water and vinegar down it a while back to clean and test it out and it leaked at the output. I undid the outlet tube and found a bunch of salt(?) chippings and a broken elbow! You can’t believe how happy I am to have found this before actually “using” this thing. Whoever installed it deserves to find a “dump” on his front door step!
So this “weekend” has been “pas mal”. Still lots to do. Change the diapers, find a paper bag thing for the vac and map out the stuff I’ll get professional help for (engine pipes and tubes/service, zincs, electrics, some hull fillings etc).
ps…. I’ve been getting requests for more video. I’ve got a borrowed cheepass flip cam. It hasn’t got a tripod fitting and it is impossible to “shoot and do” stuff. Even pictures are hard enough. I’ve done a few tests and they are awful… but I’ll try again.