Tuesday, February 27, 2007
(Must be said in your best Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein voice.)
Today, our engine was hooked back up to the battery and all the fuel lines reattached. Jack and Bill ran over to the gas station for the first 10 gallons of gas to be put in the tank. One quick crank and she fired right up and began her throaty purr. It was music to all our ears. I was so excited, silly me, I called my Mom to hear the good news.
Tomorrow, the new steering lines will be hooked up and then I think we'll be able to dunk her in the river a couple miles up the road and see if it all goes well before throwing her back into the ocean.
More fishing pictures to be posted very soon!!! I'm getting the shakes from fishing withdrawls.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
FINALLY!! The hatch is back on and a bead of 3M 101 sealant is on the edges. Tomorrow, Jack will put down an outer seal of 3M 5200.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Playing Phyllis' game while waiting for the boat to be finished!
1. YOUR GANGSTA NAME (First 3 letters of first name plus izzle) Robizzle
2. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal) Blue Boxers
3. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, and current street name) Marie Rollingsworth!
4. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom's maiden name) Curroca - kewl!
5. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink). Green fruit smoothie! now, but it used to be Yellow Jamocha pre-vegan times.
6. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's middle name) Alice Martini
7. YOUR GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one your pets) Black Jackson
Friday, February 16, 2007
Left: You can see our deepest pitting from corrosion. It is about 1/3 of the way through the metal which isn't good. Bill had an autobody shop for several years and comforts us by saying we can get another 18 yrs out of this tank. I think we'll be blessed if it is at least 5 more years. We'd love to be debt-free before this all needs replacing.
Happy Trails and may the seas be in your favor!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Of course, since our boat is in pieces, the weather has been perfect for fishing and people are heading offshore in droves and catching huge stuff. One man took these fabulous pictures of the Northern Right Whale a couple days ago. I think there are only 300-325 NRWhales left. It is considered an honor to see them. We're so fortunate to have seen some nearly every year that we've been on the Atlantic coast. Even when we lived in Jacksonville, my sister and I were able to witness them from the beach. Too cool!!
Along with the whales come big schools of manta rays which host numerous cobias on their wings.
Robin & her very sick boat
Friday, February 09, 2007
I have to say one thing about this project, it has been ROUGH!!
We've had expert advice from other Classic Mako owners who have paved the way, but I just had no idea of the sticking, cementing power of foam. Who would have thought that something that could break so easily and crumble even, could wedge between, around, under and glue down a fuel tank so completely into it's case? It has been mind-blowing to spend 3 DAYS whiddling (sp?) foam, half inch by half inch, 18 inches down, for a good 18 feet perimeter. Our backs are killing us and our fingers are numb from being pinched and working the tools, sometimes into the edges of the fiberglass case.
A couple times I worked alone while Jack ran to the Auto Parts store or Home Depot to get more 'stuff'. One of those times, I found inspiration from criminals, of all the places and people. How much patience and determination they must have to dig tunnels from ordinary kitchen utensils or pens! Progress must have been slow and yet they continued to labor. They keep their mind hopeful with the promise of freedom. I figured if they could do it, then I could continue too. We had come too far to close up the hatch and continue fishing. When I told Jack about my thoughts, he said I was a hoot.
We will have so much peace of mind after we inspect the entire tank. If it is so, that we need a new tank, there will be a quick run to Ft. Lauderdale to a surplus place. If our prayers are answered in the way *we want*, we will be fortunate to only put a coating of corrosion paint on it and then refoam it back in. All the lines & hoses will be replaces as they are in sad condition. This should keep it in great condition for another 20 years.
Anyhow, I see that many folks came home with great offshore catches this week, so I may post about anything I see that is newsworthy.
Be good to your boat! Do a winter inspection!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
It's not a fishing report, but there's water involved!
(Our 7yo son & our Pastor, baptismal in background)
Here is my "angel" in waiting. We're behind closed doors and awaiting for service to start.
And still waiting....
Walking into the baptismal. He said the water was *really* warm.
Just moments before, he tells me that he needs to use the restroom. Sigh. Nope, not now!
Here he is being immersed. It is symbolic of dying to the old sin nature and when he rises up, it is symbolic of new life with Jesus having your sins washed away.
"And straightway coming up out of the water, he [Jesus] saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him;" Mark 1:10
"And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Mark 1:11
I promise not to bore you with post after post of 'fix it' words and pictures, but what I'll do instead is keep this one report of the repair and simply re-edit it with the steps. If you're interested, feel free to keep checking back here. If you're not, it's simple to passover.
The hose goes from the sq cut down the hatch, out the hole in the back of the boat, into the red gas can.
Right is cables set to the side.
Step 3: Dig foam for 3 days with screwdrivers, pipes, pry bars, homemade stuff, etc around the edges of the tank and try every which way to hoist the tank out of its coffin. Hoisting didn't work alone, so we also added 1x4 and later 2x6 boards with pressure applied to move the tank from side to side (breaking the lower foam). Today (2/9), we finally heard foam cracking and saw movement. Tomorrow will be the big day that it comes out!!
Saturday, February 03, 2007
There is no time like the present for a boat makeover. The day started with some prep work on the sides of the boat for an eventual painting. Jack had that nagging feeling that he would need to repair the livewell with whatever leak it had, so he went up there to pull it out. This is one of those kind of repairs that take twice as long as you wanted. To the right is a picture of the seats removed and the livewell standing alone, almost center.
After pulling the chairs and livewell (where the fish or shrimp get to swim around alive), Jack sees that there was no sealant under there and water has been leaking down into the home of the fuel/gas tank. Not good. (Left if the ring on the floor after livewell was removed.) The only proper thing to do would be to remove the entire floor hatch and inspect the fuel tank.
Here, we have to pull the entire floor hatch and see what kind of damage all the salt water has been doing there. Oh, it only gets worse. The foam is soaked with fuel and water and it all has to be removed. We found a separate (circular) hatch under the wet foam that give us the source of our mystery black material that was falling into our fuel filter back when we first bought the boat in Aug of 05. Jack was able to remove all the foam off the top here. There will be weeks of repair-work ahead of us. Not, Not, good.
Thankfully, we're not the first Mako owners to have had to inspect and possibly replace their fuel tanks. (The salt water can leave pits & eventual holes in the tank.) Jack has posted pictures to the Classic Mako website and his fishing forums and is getting all the best advice from people who have been there, done that.