Ask any boat guy/gal how many boats they have and the answer will be…”one more”!! Well this month has been a frenzy of preparing 2 boats for this season. I’ve lost track as to what’s been happening when… but a nutshell is Zoot Allures on the weekends and the CLC on weekdays back home after work.
When I last wrote something I had planned on finishing the ‘hardcore sanding” so to finish the last layers of epoxy coating of any bare wood. Hardcore means using the angle grinder to sand and the router on the edges. I did most of it outside…. but god… what a mess it is using power tools on a wooden boat… in an apartment. When that was all over, a good clean up with a brush and garden hose. Then the last epoxy coats. Some parts get 3 coats, others just 2. Rather confusing what’s been done and what not… my advise is to take notes! It takes days because you can only do one side at a time, flipping the boat plus all the seats and daggerboard and rudder.
On the weekend Kostas and I got the TMP transmission back together. The same day it got plopped back in Zoot Allures and the following day all connected and we fired up the Perkins. My heart sank when there was still an oil leak where there was previously. Kostas reassured me that we’ll use metal glue again (WTF!!) but it will be fine now that the screw holes were rebuilt and he could tighten it down good. I wasn’t so optimistic.
Back home…time to sand down all the epoxy coated wood. That’s like “all” of the boat. Rather sad seeing a nice shinny boat go cloudy. With that done it was time for primer. I used the home stuff, not the fancy nautical primer, something called “velatura”… and boy, does that stuff smell. Again it takes time cause you got to wait for it to dry and flip the boat for the other side.
On the weekend I serviced the old Perkins. Changed the oil, oil filter, 2 diesel filters, reconnected the shaft. God I’m so f-ing sick of diesel engines and their mess! But that weekend I did have some non-boat related fun. Like a meet up with my visiting childhood best-friend-next-door- neighbor I hadn’t seen in 47 years, my sisters 60th birthday bash and I also went to a concert which I hadn’t for over 10 years… Seu Jorge and he played, with orchestra, Bowie songs like he did in the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Back home, time to sand the primer before the pant. Another huge dust mess. Most of the stuff gets sanded off! I’ve only done the outside of the hull thus far and last night I got the second coat of Epifanes Nautiforte. This is some really nice (plus expensive) paint. The finish comes out really nice and thank god I got that 3M 6200 respirator with filters. The fumes are un-godly!
But before last night… the previous weekend, Kostas had prepped the tranny, we fired up the Perkins… and no leak. So he says there’s no reason not to launch!?!? WTF! So I painted on the anti-foul paint, tidied up the huge mess aboard, brought over all the cushions from back home and waited for the date. It was last Friday! Yes! Zoot Allures got launched! Along with all the back breaking anxiety that goes with it.
Sunday at noon I moved out of the harbor to my mooring eager for my first swim. I knew my float had sunk so I dropped anchor, dove in and realized the swivel and ropes were missing. Yes…I’ve been robbed again!! Thank god I had spares and I spent 2 hours setting it up and became a shriveled up trembling mess.
What wont kill you only makes you stronger…. but I’m pushing it.
The first 100 years are the most difficult!
ps…One week to go and I stop work for 7 weeks. Hopefully I’ll get some rest. It’s been the most difficult year ever!
pss…I’ll cruise but but the for-mentioned “rest” is mandatory!