Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Punch lists

With time running short, it was time to create a punch list of things to do to get the boat ready for painting. Nothing like a list a mile long for a little extra motivation.

1.) go over hull and spot sand the small stuff.

2.) go over deck and spot sand the small stuff.

3.) Install the mooring bit temporarily. (per boat hauler's request - he wanted something near the bow to hold onto)

4.) paint the bottom. Pure vanity on my part. I don't want the pictures of the fresh paint job marred by the black bottom paint.

5.) prepare windows and ports. With luck, I can get these installed before the boat comes back.

6.) clean the inside of the boat and make it presentable. More vanity.

7.) repair tarp. I ripped my new tarp and it needs to be repaired. The rip is over the cockpit so any water getting in hasn't been a problem but it is time to deal with it.

So, not too bad. Should be possible without too much stress.

Then I thought I would make a list of things that need to be done when the boat comes back. Depending on how long the boat is at the painter's, I might be able to knock off some of it up there. Being unemployed, I was thinking of following the boat up and 'helping out'. I have a couple of strong-ish job leads though so I don't know how it will work out yet.

First priority is making the boat weather tight. So...

install ports and deadlights
install chainpipes
install deck fill fittings
install stanchion bases
install water deck fitting (chimney)
install anchor roller
install mooring bit (permanently)
install cockpit locker lids
install cockpit hatches (4)
install wood trim (mostly vanity but it also clears out my storage area which is good since I might be moving sometime)

I may or may not start the winter cover. I am going to do something a bit different this year because I don't want the tarp to rest on my new paint. It is easier to show than describe but I basically need a ridgepole, supports at either end, and a way to anchor the tarp down low and away from the hull sides. The only point of contact will be on the sheerline which is okay since the toerail and rub rail is there.

And that brings up the other big(-ish) project of the fall which is:

Build toerail and rubrail. I feel a bit daunted about it but I have been assured it goes relatively quickly and I have a helper lined up. I could skip a toerail as I can launch and sail without it but it would look funny I think.

I also need to complete my engine electrical panel and engine instrument panel.

And the final punch list goes something like this:

install engine throttle and choke controls
install engine transmission shift linkage
install engine electrical panel
install engine instrument panel
wire engine
install engine fuel system (from tank to carburetor)
install engine raw water inlet hose and strainer
install engine exhaust hoses and muffler
install bilge blower
install propeller shaft and propeller

install deck drains
install cockpit drains
install chainplates
install stays and struts
intall stanchion tubes (hopefully replacing them with double wire tubes)
install stanchion gate braces so I can open the aft section without all the lifelines drooping
run lifelines
assemble and install roller furler
remove wires from mast (so the clanging doesn't drive me batty again)
run halyards
install traveller
install jib sheet tracks (4)
install manual bilge pump
wire and plumb electrical bilge pumps (2)wiring them temporarily for the season
connect head plumbing
install hardware for companionway ladder

change engine oil
wake up engine

That should get the boat launch-able.

Other stuff that would be nice

interior paneling on bulkheads and settees
galley countertop
galley water plumbing (fresh and salt water)
lazy jacks
solid fuel heater
finish the icebox
mounting for the single burner gimbaled swing stove

Things that will HAVE to wait:

electrical system (everything but the engine start system)
painting the mast
wiring the mast
new boom
boom vang
reefing hardware on new boom
finishing the interior (trim and nice stuff like window blinds)
cooking stove
fathometer (depth meter)
all the fancy electronics

So, I shouldn't feel bored in the near future...


Anonymous said...


britton said...

some of stuff will only take an hour a piece so not to worry :-)

I AM building a whole new boat after all...

Tim said...

All those "one-hour" jobs only add up to two weeks, anyway.