Saturday, April 11, 2009


Cold and rainy. Not good enough for sealants or epoxy.

I used part of the morning to hunt down a mooring. Why is it so hard to exhibit a little quality customer service at a marina? You would think the marinas were doing the boat owners some great favor by acknowledging their existence. I stopped into a couple of possible options but couldn't find anyone to talk to. I emailed a marina two weeks ago to inquire about mooring availability. They didn't feel like responding but they did add me to their email spam list :-(

Tomorrow is family day - Easter. My siblings don't recognize me, my mother can barely remember my name, my nieces and nephews run and hide behind their mother's skirts when they see me, and my girlfriend is feeling like a distant second to my boat. I really need to stop and re-aquaint myself with other humans in my life. Because tomorrow is shot... I mean, otherwise taken, I only had about a quality hour on the boat itself and a bit more back in the 'shop'.

Here are the engine controls set in place. The transmission shift control is aft, the throttle is forward. The transmission shift assembly accepts a ... what's that thingy called?... the lever that attaches to the rotating bits that wind up the sheets... its been a long week, sorry.

A view from behind the transmission shifter.

The wood is a filler and backing pad for the manual bilge pump installed by the P.O. I had forgotten that one was in there originally but trying to install the pump made it pretty clear, pretty quickly, that I needed something. Conveniently, the filler piece will also provide a good point to secure the cable end.

The hole in the aft end of the cockpit well for the access panel turned engine instrument panel wasn't very square so the frame didn't fit. I had to 'adjust' it a bit. Don't let anyone tell you they built these old boats too light.

With a few minutes of cutting with my saber saw I had the hole looking better and I laid in the frame to check.

Then I took the frame out to varnish.

When I got home I was going to epoxy coat the opening port fillers, the head seacock covers, and that filler block while I was at it.

And then I remembered I had the 5 gallon container of epoxy resin out at the boat to be ready the instant the weather warmed up a bit...


That concluded the work on the boat this week. Not as much as I wanted but better than a kick in the head.

Em tasol wantoks.


Tim said...
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Tim said...

Are you a southpaw?

Britton said...



Controls to port because my right hand can stay on the tiller? Controls to port because... that's where they were to begin with?

The cables just seemed to like those locations and they were deemed 'good enough' by the operator too.

Britton said...

"The transmission shift assembly accepts a ... what's that thingy called?... the lever that attaches to the rotating bits that wind up the sheets... its been a long week, sorry."

Winch handle.

Britton said...

or are you asking why its my left hand in all the photos? The right is holding the camera.

Tim said...

No, I was just curious about the control placement, as you suspected. There's no right way or wrong way to do it, they just often end up to starboard for whatever reason. I just was'nt sure if being lef-handed had anything to do with your choice or not. I didn't think so.

Tim said...

Sorry for the typos in my last comment. I can't go back and edit.

Anonymous said...

I feel that pain, brotherman!

Though I don't need a DRY surface for bottom paint application (hydrocoat actually recommends pre-wetting the hull) I do need better than 50 degrees, and so far I haven't seen much of that at all!

Controls to port could be good.
Propwalk requires the tiller slightly to port when motoring ahead, I generally stand to starboard and let the tiller rest against the outside of my left leg. That always made the (starboard mounted) controls a bit TOO convenient. Easy to kick at the wrong moment.

-anonymous Mike

Britton said...

I think I usually stand to port with the tiller on my right. Or I stand on the cockpit seats straddling the well with the tiller in the small of my back. Tiller right hand, controls left hand. Just like a fighter jock. Ready for instant action.

yeah, the weather is just torturous. Almost, but never quite there. Two weeks from launch its going to switch and I am going to be a busy busy boy.